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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

We are not currently taking application 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.

IT Manager

Based at Shared Headquarters, Lewes

37 hours per week

A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Information Technology Governance (ITG) Manager to lead and maintain East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s (ESFRS) ITG function through a period of continuing significant change.

This will be a key position to head up our Intelligent Client function following the outsource of IT Services to our new IT Service Partner, telent, whilst driving the delivery of an ambitious IT Strategy and corresponding change agenda in support of our business objectives.

The successful candidate will have a blend of excellent management and operational IT delivery experience as well as transformational change track record ideally within an IT Outsource operating environment. The ability to maintain a strategic perspective providing the business and ITG team with leadership, stability and a pragmatic approach will be of critical importance.

As part of the role, the post holder will develop and maintain internal and external relationships to ensure all IT services and projects are delivered on time and within budget, ensuring the continued business continuity and security of the organisation’s information systems, the effectiveness of the ITG team, sustaining the quality of service delivery to the organisation, and meeting all agreed performance and quality standards.

The successful candidate must have extensive knowledge of senior corporate business management working, including budget management. Knowledge and experience of business management, including compliance of business services to quality standards, performance management and audit regimes is also essential. 

Additionally, the post holder will have considerable experience of the overall management of an IT service including IT Outsource provider control and oversight, practical application of standards such as CoBIT, ITIL, ISO27001, ISO22301, TOGAF etc. in the pursuit of effective and efficient delivery, as well as demonstrating extensive evidence of delivering IT transformation.

The new ITG Manager will have demonstrable experience of supporting the business through an ambitious change programme. They will be able to draw confidently on both their own knowledge of new technologies and advancements in areas such as infrastructure, device management and applications management, whilst effectively utilising the expert input of specialists within the existing ITG team and the wider availability of specialist resource via the IT Outsource relationship.

Job Description and Person Specification

Salary:                         Up to £49k per annum dependent on experience

Closing Date:            Noon, Friday 1 December 2017

Interview date:         Wednesday 20 December 2017

Please send your CV to recruitment@esfrs.org You may wish to enclose a covering letter highlighting any experience that you feel may be pertinent in support of your application. Please note, the successful candidate will require security vetting (NPPV2) clearance as part of the pre-employment checks to work from Shared Headquarters, Lewes. 

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Director of Service Planning and Assurance

Salary – circa £112k plus car provision

About the Service

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service covers not only the City of Brighton & Hove and the large coastal towns of Eastbourne and Hastings, but many rural towns and villages, areas of outstanding beauty and the newly created South Downs National Park.  Approximately 810,000 

people live in the area, which is also very popular with tourists - Brighton alone attracts more than 1 million visitors during the summer months.

As a pioneering fire and rescue service we pride ourselves in being an innovative and progressive organisation, determined to protect and improve the quality of life of the people of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, and supporting the safety and wellbeing of all those who work in and visit our County and City.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is now seeking a dynamic individual to fulfil the role of Deputy Chief Fire Officer to ensure the continued development of our Service and the protection of our local communities.

The Role

A member of the Principal Officer team, as the Deputy Chief Fire Officer you will drive the delivery of the transformation of the Service, supporting and motivating staff as we continue our ambitious change programme in a challenging financial climate and political landscape.

The best candidate will have proven leadership skills, be able to communicate effectively at all levels and act as a role model for others. You will have a proven ability to work effectively with elected members and partners to achieve strategic objectives.

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer will provide strategic direction for the Service on a day to day basis, and lead the Service Planning and Assurance Directorate, comprising Training, Safety and Assurance, Resources, and Planning and Improvement.  You will also lead on consultation and negotiations with representative bodies, be the strategic lead for independent inspection, peer reviews and operational assurance and governance, partnerships, and act as the strategic lead for Health and Safety.

Experience of leading and delivering strategic change is essential. 

You will be required to provide strategic leadership, command and support at emergency operations, including multi-agency incidents.

We will be pleased to accept applications from, as a minimum, competent and substantive Area Manager/Brigade Managers with the required experience and qualifications to take strategic command during a major incident/civil emergency.

The post holder will be required to live within the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service area whilst on call, and be available for recall to meet demands of continuous duty commitments. A relocation package is available for the right candidate who wishes to permanently relocate to within the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service area, subject to qualifying terms and conditions. 

To arrange a confidential and informal discussion with the Executive Support Officer, Keith Ring, please contact Sue Stanton on 01323 462060 or sue.stanton@esfrs.org. 

  • Closing date:  Noon, Friday 24th November 2017
  • Operational assessment and stakeholder panel:   Week commencing 1st January 2018
  • Formal interviews: Week commencing 15th January 2018

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

Principal Estates Surveyor

Fixed Term Contract (12 Months)

37 hours per week, based at Shared Headquarters, Lewes

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are developing a new Estates Strategy that will provide direction for the estate and support the delivery of our emergency services for the future. The Strategy will reflect the changing demands of a modern Fire Service and also ensure that we continue to make best use of our assets.


There will also be a requirement to support the Estates Manager on a number of exciting major schemes, including; the relocation and development of a new fire station and also progressing a feasibility to detailed business case for a site currently underutilised and where alternative public sector uses could be supported. Both these projects are being progressed under the One Public Estate approach and funding has been secured to support these projects.


We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is able to demonstrate relevant experience across both the estate strategy and delivery of major projects. 

Person Specification and Job Description    

Application Form   

Salary: £43,821 per annum (Subject to Job Evaluation)      

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 17 November 2017

Interview Date: TBC

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Engineering Workshop Controller

37 hours per week

Bexhill Community Fire Station

We are looking to recruit an Engineering Workshop Controller based at Bexhill Fire Station to manage and operate the engineering workshops. The main purpose of this role is delivering planned and unplanned maintenance in a timely manner and within budget; maintaining compliance with statutory law service policy procedures and operational availability; advising on a range of engineering technical issues and managing the co-ordination of maintenance schedules and unplanned defects. There is a requirement that the holder of this role holds a Certificate of Professional Competency (CPC).

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • To embrace and work towards introducing new technology to meet the demands of a modern commercial engineering workshop facility. 
  • To Manage and control all aspects of the service engineering workshops.
  • Manage monitor and mentor the engineering team of technicians and apprentices carry out appraisals performance management and all related line management functions recommend action as required.
  • To manage daily the operational technical maintenance of the services fleet and operational equipment as identified by servicing schedules.
  • To ensure that the service remains legally compliant for its statutory duties this role will execute the pre-planned objective to exacting time scales as required in law.
  • To have the ability to work autonomously regarding contractual arrangements and dealing with supplier disputes.
  • To be fully compliant with statutory law, road transport Law, service policy procedures and operational availability.
  • To comply fully with H&S legislation.
  • To manage staffing annual leave and out of hours technician availability.
  • To progress/chase work in hand and Marshall Resources effectively in meeting maintenance programs including the processing of all documents in a timely manner.
  • To monitor and manage external engineering maintenance contracts meeting service policy and quality standards.
  • Line Management for Hydrant Technicians.


The successful candidate will be required to be part of the engineering supervisory out of hours cover system and will have the ability to prioritise and manage variable workloads. 

Person Specification and Job Description

Application Form

Salary:                        £33,532 per annum (Subject to Job Evaluation)

Closing Date:            Noon, Friday 17 November 2017                  

Interview Date:         Thursday 14 December 2017

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

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