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Every role in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service exists to support the overall aim of achieving a safer and more sustainable community.

As you can imagine, achieving our overall aim depends on a variety of people with a range of skills, backgrounds and experiences.

On this page, you will find a list of our current vacancies and details of how to apply. You may want to check this page regularly, as we will update it with new roles as they come along.

Retained woman

You may not be looking for a career move, but you could train to be a Retained FireFighter & respond to incidents in your local community.

Find out more on our Retained 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

The application process for firefighter recruitment has now closed

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.

Communications Officer

Lewes Headquarters

Monday – Friday, 37 hours per week

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) is recruiting a Communications Officer following a restructure of the Communications, Marketing and Business Services team.

Working with several disciplines you will provide a comprehensive and professional communications, media management and marketing role for the Service.

Responsibilities and duties of the role include:

  • Providing strategic input in the development of the communications strategy for ESFRS and to develop clear objectives and targets.
  • To devise and deliver targeted integrated communications campaigns aimed at the public using social marketing principles. These will make best use of a range of communication tools including social media.

  • To evaluate activities, providing evidence of success and making recommendations for improvement.

  • To develop and maintain professional working relationships with local and national media to achieve coverage and build trust.

  • To attend incidents as necessary to provide media liaison, setting up media conferences and interviews as required, liaising with other emergency services and agency press officers where necessary and ensuring the media coverage is controlled, consistent and compliant with corporate policy and communications strategy.  This includes “out of hours” work.

Salary: c. £30,000

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Closing Date: 9am on Thursday 27 July 2017

Interview and assessment Date: Friday 11 August 2017

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Elizabeth Curtis on 01323 462384.

Fire Control Operators

Sussex Control Centre (SCC), Haywards Heath

We are looking to recruit Fire Control Operators to join our busy control room, based at Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath, as temporary and permanent positions arise.

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 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.

The salary for this position will be £21,125 per annum during initial training, rising to £22,004 per annum during development and £28,156 once competent.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 28 July 2017              

Assessment Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017

Interview Date: Wednesday 16 or Thursday 17 August 2017

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

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