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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.  


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 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.

Watch Manager (B) Training and Assurance

Service Training Centre, Maresfield

42 hours per week

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) works within a large and diverse area on the south coast of England, covering rural locations as well as a busy city centre and urban seaside towns.    We are committed to keeping our communities safer and we need exceptional people to help us do that.

 An exciting opportunity has arisen at our Service Training Centre (STC) for a number of substantive Instructors to assist in delivering essential training to all staff across ESFRS.

 These roles will be based at Maresfield, conditioned to the 42 hour Flexi Time Duty System and will include some weekend and evening duties which attracts a 10% training allowance. Instructors are required to support training across the service area.

 We would like to welcome applications from substantive Watch Managers who possess an instructor qualification such as BAI, CFTI, IECI, L3 Water Safety or ASKI.

 All applicants must have evidence of maintaining their skills, knowledge and understanding in line with their Services’ recording of competence scheme.  All qualifications required by their substantive role, for example FIT, BA/CFBT, RTC, Water Safety etc. must be ‘in date’.

 Ideally we would like the successful candidates to remain in a T&A instructing role for a minimum period of 3 years. This is due to the large commitment from the organisation to train the new post holders for their specialist instructing role at STC.

 For further information about the role, please contact GM Doug Marshall, Command and Operational Training Manager, on 07557 633907 or at Doug.Marshall@esfrs.org.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

 Closing Date: Noon, Friday 14 June 2019

 Interview/Assessment Date: 2, 3 or 5 July 2019

 Please email completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Major Projects Manager (Capital Projects)

Shared Headquarters, Lewes

37 hours per week

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Estates Department manage a property portfolio across the County of East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove

 The Estate comprises 24 individual sites with a gross internal floor area of circa 20,000 sqm plus an HQ facility in Lewes shared with Sussex Police

 The recently approved Estates Strategy will, over the next 5 years, transform the built estate through a programme of planned improvements across the estate

 An exciting full time, permanent opportunity has arisen for a new role of Major Projects Manager within the Estates Team to assist and deputise for the Estates Manager to effectively plan and deliver the Estates Strategy with specific focus on major capital projects across the County.

 The successful candidate must have an appropriate professional qualification or degree and/or significant professional client side estates & project management experience both in the public and private sector. Applicants must have a demonstrable track record of delivering high quality, complex, major capital construction projects in occupied operational buildings.

 A sound knowledge of construction contracts, complex mechanical & electrical systems, facilities management and public sector procurement as well as managing multi - disciplinary external consultant teams is also an essential requirement of the role.

 The post requires a valid driving licence and the ability to undertake site surveys. Travel throughout the country with overnight stays when required is also a requirement for this post.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £38,813 - £43,684 per annum plus £5,000 Market Supplement Allowance per annum

Closing Date:  Noon, Friday 7th June 2019

Interview Date: Monday 17th June 2019

 Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

 For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Maureen Cherry Estates Manager email: Maureen.cherry@ESFRS.org 

Human Resources Payroll Assistant

15 Hours Per Week

Fixed Term Contract until 31 December 2019

Based at Shared Headquarters, Lewes

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is seeking to recruit an individual to join the Human Resources Team to support and provide a payroll and administrative service to the Organisation in accordance with Audit and Financial Regulations, Employment Law, Fire Service policy and line management direction. 

The role is ideally suited to candidates with previous experience of working in a busy office environment, ideally within a payroll department although this is not essential. The successful candidate will have strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills as well as excellent IT skills.

Initially, the successful candidate will mainly be assisting with data entry and filing although there will be opportunity to develop so this role would be suitable for someone interested in payroll.

For an informal discussion on this post please contact Carole Cheal, Senior Payroll Administrator on 01323 462077.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £21,171 per annum pro rata

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 14 June 2019             

Interview Date: Thursday 20 June 2019

Engineering Services Technician

x1 Workshop, Roedean Fire Station

x1 Workshop, Bohemian Road Fire Station

37 Hours per week (plus out-of-hours standby cover arrangements after qualifying period)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Engineering Services Technicians to join the Engineering Services Team.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Engineering Services Department manages a mixed fleet of light and heavy vehicles and operational equipment, spread across the County of East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove. There are Engineering Workshops based at Roedean, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Bohemia Road Fire Stations, with the Engineering Services Office based at Bexhill Fire Station. You will be expected to work across the service area.

Working within the Engineering Services Department, you will gain experience across all aspects of servicing, repairing, maintaining and inspecting the vehicle and equipment fleet. You will be based at the Engineering Workshop at either Roedean or Bohemia Road Fire Station but will travel throughout the service area to fulfil your role,including our shared Police/Fire Service HQ at Lewes.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £27,906 to £31,408 per annum

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 21 June 2019  

Assessment & Interview Date: TBC  

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Carl Stevens, Workshop Controller on carl.stevens@esfrs.org


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