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Every role in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service exists to help make communities safer. 

We have a wide range of roles within the Service - from firefighters, crew and watch managers to finance, HR and procurement experts.

All of our staff are passionate about serving our communities and, ultimately, helping create safer people and safer places. If you are also passionate about making East Sussex and Brighton and Hove safer place to live, work and visit, consider joining our family by taking a closer look at our current vacancies.

You can find a list of current vacancies and details of how to apply on this page.  


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Careers Booklet

We have a careers booklet that you may find useful


We have a short online course which you may find useful

Retained woman

You may not be looking for a career move, but you could train to be an On-call (RDS) Firefighter & respond to incidents in your local community. 

Find out more on our On-call (RDS) firefighter recruitment page


All 999 emergency calls for the Fire & Rescue Service within East Sussex & West Sussex are routed to the Sussex Control Centre based in Haywards Heath.

Support Staff Generic

We have a wide range of support roles from conducting Home Safety Visits, marketing the Service to the community, co-ordinating training or running payroll.

  • For vacancies see below
Flood rescue
Applicants for these jobs must already be an operational member of staff in the national Fire & Rescue Service.

If you can demonstrate resilience, tenacity and a sound operational knowledge, together with a commitment to driving change and delivering the core values, we want to hear from you! Please see below for a list of our current Operational vacancies. 

Firefighter Transfer opportunities will be advertised here as they arise - we do not hold a 'Transfer List', but advertise roles as they become available. 

  • For vacancies see below


Hot fire training

**We are not currently taking applications for new Wholetime Firefighters**

The role of the Fire Service has changed considerably in the last ten years, and the role within the community has had to change to reflect the new demands made on the Service.



A little of your time can mean a lifetime of safety for someone living in your community.


YOU can make a difference in your local community: Become a Community Volunteer with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.



Current Vacancies

Find out more about our wholetime firefighter recruitment, retained (on call) firefighter recruitment or being a volunteer by clicking the sections above.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We, therefore, welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Fire Control Operators

Based at Sussex Control Centre (ESFC), Haywards Heath.

Fixed Term Contract.

We are looking to recruit Fire Control Operators to join our busy control room, based at Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath, to fill a number of vacancies for Fixed Term Contract for periods of 12 and 18 months.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Receipt of emergency calls from members of the public and other agencies;
  • Monitor and mobilise fire appliances and their crews to deal with incidents across East and West Sussex;
  • Offer support and guidance to callers requiring assistance;
  • Maintain Service information systems and databases to support operational activity.

Ideally you will have previous experience working in a control room for Emergency Services or within the Fire Service (although not essential) and have a confident telephone manner, good keyboard skills, together with the ability to think and communicate quickly and clearly.  You will need to demonstrate the ability to respond positively under pressure and work effectively in stressful situations.  You will work a rotating shift pattern averaging 42 hours per week and will be required to work days, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Candidates who are successful through the selection process will be placed in a pool in a rank order based on their performance throughout the selection process. This pool will stand for 12 months.

The salary for this position will be £22,198 per annum during initial training, rising to £23,122 per annum during development and £29,587 once competent.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Closing Date: 21st Feb 2020

Interview Date: Week Commencing 9 March 2020

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Please note that recruitment processes may be withdrawn or varied at short notice due to the Services’ Organisational Change policy.

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