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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.  

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
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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 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.

Category Specialist

Shared Headquarters, Lewes

Fixed Term Contract - 2 Years

37 Hours Per Week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new role of Category Specialist within the Procurement Department.

East Sussex Fire Authority (ESFA) provides prevention, protection and response services to 812,514 people within the area of East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove, covering an area of 179,000 hectares.

ESFA is undertaking a transformation of our Procurement function. The recently approved Procurement Strategy aims to transform the way we procure within ESFA by moving to a centralised, coordinated, category approach. This will enable procurement activities undertaken within the Authority to align with our corporate business plans and the National Agenda for reform and standardisation. Key to the success of this transformation will the recruitment of a Category Specialist. 

With a net annual spend of circa £10m on goods, services and works, across a range of categories, procurement and contract management are key to achieving efficiencies within the organisation. Delivering value for money and optimum management of limited resources, without compromising resilience, is paramount.

Assisting the Procurement Manager and working with the wider team, you will develop, implement and manage allocated category strategies, in partnership with the Authority's key commissioning departments.

Essential to the post, will be your ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with the key commissioning departments, using business benefit analysis to influence and create sourcing strategies for the respective category which create value, optimise performance, ensure compliance and maximise the impact of Procurement.

This will include analysing key areas of spend to provide a broad understanding of the supply market, the opportunities and the risks, to deliver the best commercial outcomes, and enable continuous efficiencies.

Salary: £34,887 -  £38,507

Closing Date: Noon Friday 26 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.

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