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Community Volunteers

East Sussex Fire & Rescue is currently recruiting for additional volunteers to support their Telephone Befriending scheme throughout East Sussex and Brighton & Hove and The Resilience project in the Eastbourne and Hastings area.  

We also need additional volunteers to support the already successful teams that are active throughout East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove to share our prevention messages on Fire, Water, Road, and Education through Community Fire Station Open days, ESFRS Campaigns, Pride / Carnival, Safety in Action weeks, and the Holiday, Activity and Food Project, full training is provided for all activities.

Volunteers wanted in your area.

  • Do you care about your local community and want to help support people to continue to live independently at home? 
  • Are you interested in supporting us spread the word to local communities on keeping safe from fire and road traffic incidents? 

Can you spare a minimum 8 hours plus per month to Volunteer for the Fire Service as a Community Volunteer then contact us now.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Needs You!

Our Community Volunteers make a vital contribution by helping us provide Fire, Water, Education and Road Safety information, practical support, and gathering feedback on our services provided to the local community.           

We have various roles available so, if you would like to find out more about how rewarding being a volunteer can be, please see the role descriptions and information on the links below. Alternatively, please call our Volunteer Coordinator Linda Baker on 01323 462438 or mobile 07876 133612 or email

The Volunteer scheme was created to support the Service’s work in achieving its vision of ‘safer and more sustainable communities.’  Volunteers make a vital contribution by helping ESFRS to provide fire, road, and water safety messages, as well as supporting the local community, participating in initiatives and local campaigns. 

  • Community Fire Station Open Days - helping to run stalls, such as the Heads up, badge-making, Fire Fighters Charity, refreshments, assisting on the interactive activities (e.g., children dressing as firefighters, looking around the fire station, working the fire hose), as well as generating referrals for Home Safety Visits (HSVs).
  • ESFRS Campaigns - electrical appliance safety, fireworks safety, cooking safety – distributing relevant information to libraries, schools, community centres and doctors’ surgeries.
  • Intelligence gathering - acting as the eyes and ears in their local communities, identifying fire and road safety issues and reporting them to ESFRS to investigate (e.g., fire exits blocked in local shops, petrol cans stored outside).
  • Pride/Carnival – showing our communities we support local events and value Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for all whilst handing out safety leaflets and collecting money for Fire Fighters Charity.
  • Assisting with Fire and Road safety awareness – supporting local initiatives and activities such as Community Safety Awareness Day, Safer Wealden Partnership Away Day.
  • ESFRS Recruitment Campaigns - distributing recruitment materials in relevant areas (e.g., if looking to recruit in Burwash, placing leaflets in libraries, community centres, work premises, stalls at local events).
  • Operation Quality Street - Community Safety initiative, where joint agencies target residential areas with specific difficulties and spend the day in the area, talking to residents. Generating Home Safety Visits referrals from residents.
  • Safety in Action Weeks - assisting school children to move around the site, acting out fire safety and electrical safety scenarios.
  • Taking part in large-scale joint training exercises - simulated events rail crash, fire in a secure residential centre, fire in underground tourist attraction.  Volunteers act as injured casualties/concerned bystanders/interfering relatives, helping to make the scenarios as realistic as possible.
  • Electric Blanket Testing - help set up the venues in advance, welcoming attendees, take details of attendees, generate HSV referrals.
  • Summer Fun and Safety Days - assisting organisers set-up, welcome parents and children, help run sports and arts activities, generating HSV referrals.
  • 999 Emergency Services Weekends - assisting ESFRS with running their stalls e.g., badge-making stall, Heads Up stall, helping children to sit in the fire appliances, generate HSV referrals.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue are proud that our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and have varying abilities and are able to assist at many events, as well as fundraising activities.