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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
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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. 

  • 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.

On-line course

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

Recruitment / HR Administrator

Shared Headquarters, Lewes

20 hours per week

2 Year Fixed Term Contract

 We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Human Resources Administrator to join the HR team within the HR and Organisational Development Directorate in Lewes. This role will involve the proactive coordination of the On-Call Firefighter recruitment process, helping and supporting both managers and candidates at all stages of the recruitment process.   The successful applicant will be able to use their own initiative, be responsible for the day-to-day running of a specific HR function working to tight deadlines and challenges and provide additional generalist HR administration support when required.  Some evening and weekend working will be required.  

Duties will include:  

  • Assisting managers and the HR function with the administration of the On-Call recruitment process.
  • Administration using a number of processes and databases.
  • Scheduling and publicising of recruitment and engagement events, including open days, evenings, recruitment packs, pre-employment medicals and related administrative tasks including procurement of uniform.
  • Ensuring all web based, electronic and hard copy recruitment information is kept up to date.
  • Liaison with the Service Training Centre to schedule new recruits onto the Retained Firefighter courses, and physical testing days.
  • Acting as liaison with applicants, OHU, Communications, HR Managers and Line Managers to resolve any issues arising during the recruitment process.
  • HR Administration support within the wider HR department.

 The successful person will have: 

  • Knowledge of HR workplace process and practices.
  • Be able to prioritise workload and have excellent organisational skills
  • Be flexible and adaptable.
  • Have excellent IT reporting systems, and communication skills.
  • Have previous HR experience.

 Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £20,432 to £23,111 pro-rata dependent on experience. 

 Closing Date: Noon, Friday 12 October 2018

 Interview Date: TBC  

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Angela Packebusch, HR Manager (Operations) via email on Angela.Packebusch@esfrs.org or telephone 07983 624165.



Supplier Service Manager 

Shared Headquarters, Lewes

37 hours per week 


We are looking to recruit a Supplier Service Manager to join East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) on a full time, permanent basis. 

The role will be responsible to the business for the effective service delivery of ESFRS’s outsourced IT services to agreed contractual service level and quality, acting as the main point of escalation for delivery issues and questions.

Build strategic relationships with our suppliers, ensuring structured management is in place and the suppliers are appropriately engaged to ensure Fire Authority get the best from these. The Fire Authority managed service supplier is our most important contract and this post will be responsible for ensuring this contract is meeting its service, project and strategic goals.

The role is responsible for monitoring the performance of suppliers in relation to key performance indicators and delivery of services and change. They will engage the ITG management team to obtain regular feedback from users of the services, and work with suppliers on continual service improvement plans based on this feedback.

As part of the performance monitoring function this role will undertake performance benchmarking and will work with all parties to identify and implement opportunities for improvement. 

The role will work closely with the ITG Manager to ensure that all the IT service management relationships required between key suppliers, The Fire Authority and The SCC (Sussex Control Centre) are clearly defined. Monitor these relationships to ensure they remain effective and compliant to ITIL principles.


Salary: £38,052 - £42,828 per annum, plus £8,000 Market Supplement Allowance per annum. 

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 5 October 2018                                   

Interview Date: TBC 

Please send completed application forms to recruitment@esfrs.org 

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Ken Pearce, Information Technology Governance Manager on Ken.Pearce@esfrs.org or call 07341 780958. 


Regional Support Officer - ESMCP 

Service Headquarter, Lewes 

37 Hours per week 

2 Year Fixed Term Contract

An opportunity has arisen within East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service for a motivated individual to join a small team to provide programme support and administrative services to the Regional Project Manager.

You will be involved in the co-ordination of the preparation activity for adoption and delivery activity within the South East region’s Fire and Rescue Services to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) being implemented under the ESMCP (Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme). This role involves producing interconnected project plans, document management, clerical and administrative support in a multi-partner, collaborative working environment.

The role will include:

  • Ensuring that all necessary plans, reports, policies, procedures are developed, in association with the Regional Programme Manager, and in place to deliver the programme with appropriate document management and with risks appropriately documented and managed.
  • Creating, developing and maintaining a range of interconnected programme and project plans to provide easy-to-view actual versus planned progress to date.
  • Creating, monitoring and maintaining the actions log for the SE FRS Region; reporting slippage in dates against actions set.
  • Producing regular monitoring reports and information to a range of audiences covering financial, resources, highlights, progress and slippage, with guidance from the Programme Manager.
  • Supporting Work Stream leads in the delivery of their Work Packages, contributing interrelated knowledge from other areas of the project. 
  • Working with others to overcome problems in the delivery, timing or resources associated with the programme.
  • Providing financial reports and produces financial documents. 
  • Assisting FRSs, Project Managers and the Regional Programme Manager with the Home Office document repository (HUDDLE) downloading and uploading documents as required to assist delivery in the region.
  • Delivering administrative support to the Programme Manager and Work Leads including organising meetings/workshops/discussions, taking and distributing minutes, preparing reports, etc.
  • Deputising for the Regional Programme Manager from an administrative perspective

The successful candidate will have knowledge of PRINCE2 project management practice and Microsoft Project software or similar. You will be required to be able to work under your own initiative and to demonstrate the ability to work to deadlines whilst paying attention to detail.

For further information or to discuss the job role please contact Justine Parkinson, South East FRS Regional Programme Manager, on 01323 462268 or at Justine.Parkinson@esfrs.org

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Salary: £23,866 - £26,861 per annum, plus travel expenses.

Closing Date:  Noon, Friday 28 September 2018

Interview Date:  Wednesday 10 October 2018

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