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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 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.


 Location (flexible) Based across East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey

37 Hours Per Week


This is an exciting opportunity to play a significant role in designing a unified Fleet, Engineering and Logistics function across multiple public service providers including: East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey Fire and Rescue Services as well as Sussex and Surrey Police and potentially other partners.  These Partners are actively involved in a wide range of collaborative projects, which the ITF Programme is integral to.  

A senior level specialist in strategic transformation with a background in Fleet/Transport, you will be a trusted advisor to chief officers and strategic leads across the services, as they plan and manage the delivery of a new joint function.  You will take the lead in defining and supporting a range of options within a business case to deliver a single organisational structure - as well as designing the transformation/change process.    Affecting organisational structures and business practices, the goal is to create a unified service that fully meets Partners operational requirements while achieving efficiency savings.  Taking on this pivotal role, you will not only be able to influence important changes, but also to shape your own role and impact.    

 This challenging position would suit a confident, motivated and highly credible professional with a proven record of accomplishment in strategic management and cross-organisational business transformation.  An adept communicator and negotiator, you’ll be familiar with working in large organisations at a senior level.  Significant experience of organisational change is of course, essential – as is your ability to interpret, challenge and provide professional advice on technical information. Due to the collaborative context of the programme, you’ll be exposed to finding solutions to complex problems, including cross-organisational budgetary and people issues, and it is vital that you’re comfortable with matrix management. 

 The post holder will have responsibility across multiple services and will be expected to divide their time across the Sussex and Surrey region. 

Candidate Information Pack
 Application Form


Salary:   Between £54,370- £61,193 per annum 

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 14 March 2019

First Interview Date: Thursday 21/ Friday 22 February 2019

Second Interview Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019


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.


On-line course


We have a short online course that may help applicants prepare to be interviewed.

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