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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 & 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.

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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.

Hydrant Technician

Based at Battle Community Fire Station

14.5 - 16hours per week (Thursday & Friday)

We are looking to recruit a Hydrant Technician to be part of the Operational Response and Resilience team.  Daily work currently to commence from Battle Community Fire Station, but with an occasional requirement to attend meetings and work from Shared Headquarters, Lewes. This role also requires travel throughout East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, with use of a Service vehicle during office hours to carry out the role.

You will locate, test and, where necessary, perform routine maintenance on hydrants and input and maintain detailed computer and paper records to ensure the Fire & Rescue Service has an adequate supply of water for firefighting purposes.  

As the successful candidate you will possess excellent communication skills and have knowledge of the Safety at Streetworks and Roadworks Code of Practice. Ideally you will have an understanding of water supplies and a knowledge of hydrant construction and testing, or similar maintenance activities. You will also have proven ability to work alone and manage your own time and work. You must hold a current full UK manual driving licence.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Starting Salary:  JF2 - £24,711 per annum (pro rata’d)

Closing Date:  Noon Friday 20 December 2019  

Interview Date:  TBC

Health and Safety Business Partner

Service Headquarters, Lewes

37 Hours per Week

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for the post of Health and Safety Business Partner to provide professional assistance and advice to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service staff on all matters pertaining to health, safety and wellbeing.  The post-holder will work with internal clients across the Service to embed a positive health and safety culture; promote proactive local health & safety management; support with policy development and revision and provide the Service with assurances that it’s meeting its statutory obligations by undertaking audits across the Organisation.  The role will also support the Strategic Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager in carrying out and meeting the requirements of the named “competent person” as defined in regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999.

The successful candidate must be a member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, hold a Health and Safety NEBOSH diploma or equivalent as well as having extensive experience of operating in a similar role.  A good working knowledge of Microsoft applications gained in a work environment are essential, together with a working knowledge and experience in Health and Safety data collection systems are essential.

The post requires a valid driving licence and the ability to undertake critical safety management audits and investigations.

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Amanda Hastings, Strategic Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager on Amanda.Hastings@esfrs.org

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £34,887 - £38,507 per annum (Job Family 5)

Closing Date: Noon on Friday 29 November 2019          

Interview Dates: TBC


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