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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 are routed to the East Sussex Fire 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.

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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. 

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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.

Projects Coordinator - Programme Office 

Fixed Term Contract until 1 March 2022

Ba sed at Shared Headquarters, Lewes

37 hours per week

An opportunity has arisen for a disciplined and experienced Projects Coordinator to support East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s (ESFRS) strategic projects delivery.

Working within our Programme Management Office (PMO), the Projects Coordinator will coordinate the projects portfolio and the corporate programme, ensuring that programmes and projects are tracked and monitored and that the PMO capture log is maintained. The Coordinator will process reports and support the PMO Manager as well as liaise with project managers to ensure accurate reporting and escalation. The Coordinator will support the PMO and report on risks and issues, maintain plans, schedules and decision logs and provide support for the smooth operation of the Programme Office and the Strategic Change Board, including minute taking, decision logs and administration.

Key experience:

Experience of coordinating strategic projects through the full project life cycle is essential as well as experience of projects and boards in a variety of contexts, managing risks and issues, dealing with suppliers and managing stakeholders. Experience and knowledge of embedding project management best practice is also essential. Experience of reporting to a Programme Office is an advantage as well as working as part of a project management team. High organisation skills and able to work independently to maintain effective office support.

Salary: Job Family 3  (£27,906 - £31,408 per annum)

Closing date: Noon,  Friday 3 April 2020

Interview date: TBC

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Maya Polak on 01323462392 or via email maya.polak@esfrs.org

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

Executive Assistant to Assistant Chief Fire Officer
37 hours per week (full or part time), Based at Shared Headquarters, Lewes

We have an opportunity to work within the Principal Officers Directorate. This is a varied and demanding role, providing a professional executive and administrative service, supporting the ACFO in his national, regional and local roles.

Applicants will need to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to deal with people in a fair, friendly and consistent manner. Applicants will need the ability to work under pressure, be highly organised and use their initiative to meet competing deadlines.

This role includes organising, preparing for and attending meetings, event planning, accurate minute taking, collation and distribution of documentation and responding to correspondence on behalf of the ACFO. The post holder will also manage and prioritise a busy diary and deal with all necessary travel arrangements, catering and hospitality.

Applicants will need to have proven administrative experience, with a strong working knowledge of Microsoft applications including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. Applicants should have excellent minute taking and keyboard skills, producing high quality documentation with strong attention to detail.

Whilst this role can be undertaken on a full time basis, we are willing to consider some flexibility on the working hours for the right candidate. This will be discussed at the interview stage of the selection process.

An induction and full training will be provided. The successful candidate will be subject to a vetting process to work at this location.

Salary: Job Family 2 (£24,711 to £27,398 per annum)

Closing Date:  noon, Friday 27 March 2020

Assessment & Interview Date:  Friday 17 April 2020

In terms of salary we normally appoint to the bottom point of the salary scale.

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

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