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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


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.


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
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



**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.

Business Analyst – Programme Office

Monday – Friday, 37 hours per week 

Shared Services Headquarters – Lewes

An opportunity has arisen for a disciplined and experienced business analyst to support East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) Programme Management Office (PMO) and strategic project delivery. 

Working full-time within our PMO, the Business Analyst will capture business requirements, outline solutions and propose ways forward to support the PMO set up and the delivery of individual projects. 

Documentation of ‘as is’, gap analysis, training needs analysis, and supporting the development of new processes and procedures are key. 

The role will perform business and data analysis to inform decisions while being the main conduit between the PMO and the Service. 

The role will involve providing training and support around project management, planning, delivery and analysing project requirements.

To fulfil this key role you must have strong business analysis experience. This should include outlining detailed processes using Visio, swim lanes and data dictionaries of ‘as is’ and ‘to be’ processes for sign off. 

Your experience should also include development of processes and business solutions to support effective operation and business change, as well as requirement analysis and data analysis. 

Experience of working as part of a business change project team and public sector experience is also desirable. 

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Maya Polak on 07914 854160 or via email maya.polak@esfrs.org

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

  • Salary: £35,846 - £39,566 per annum (Job Family 5)
  • Closing Date: Noon, Friday 25 September 2020
  • Interview Dates: Thursday 15 October 2020 & Friday 16 October 2020  

Business Safety Inspector/Assessor and Business Safety Inspector/Advisor

Full and Part-time opportunities

Eastbourne and Hove Fire Stations

Are you looking for an opportunity to join East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service? We could have the role for you.

Due to the introduction of a tiered structure within the Business Safety Department for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, there are some exciting opportunities to join the Department in a non- operational capacity and contribute to the Service fulfilling its statutory duties and achieving its strategic purpose of ‘We make our communities safer’.

For both roles you will carry out regulatory inspections of premises in-line with our Risk Based Inspection Programme, dependent on your experience/qualification level and offer advice, education and enforce where necessary.

You will also be responsible for undertaking a full range of Business Safety activities in accordance with Protection policy and procedures. These duties will include building consultations, licensing applications and responding to complaints. This will require the preparation of reports and appropriate documentation related to Fire Safety Inspections and to supervise workloads within allocated areas of responsibility.

We welcome applications from those with either a Level 3 or Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety or equivalent. You will also require relevant fire safety or enforcement experience gained in the Fire and Rescue Service or local authority or equivalent. We offer ongoing training and development and the opportunity to gain relevant experience/qualifications to progress your career in this specialism.

Good verbal and written communication skills together with a commitment to continuous professional development are essential for these roles.

For further details on these roles, please refer to the Job Descriptions below.   Completed application forms should be returned by email to recruitment@esfrs.org

For further information or to discuss these  opportunities in more detail, please contact Pup Upton T/Group Manager Business Safety via email on pup.upton@esfrs.org. 

Business Safety Assessor Job Description 

Business Safety Advisor Job Description

Application Form (Both roles)

  • Salary: Business Safety Assessor: Job Family 4- £32,391 to £37,753 per annum 

  • Salary: Business Safety Advisor: Job Family 3 £28,673 to £32,271 per annum

  • Closing Date: Noon, 09 October 2020
  • Assessment & Interview Date: Week commencing 26 October 2020

Please note that recruitment processes may be withdrawn or varied at short notice due to the Services’ Organisational Change policy.

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