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We are recruiting Wholetime Firefighters!

Date : 30 June 2021


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is looking for ordinary people who can make a remarkable difference by becoming the firefighters of the future. 

New recruits will join a Fire and Rescue Service that works as hard to prevent emergencies as they do responding to them. East Sussex Fire and Rescue are involved in a wide range of activities from teaching children about staying safe, to fitting smoke alarms and working in partnership with other organisations. 

Our official application process for wholetime (full time) firefighters opens on 30th June 2021 at 5pm. 

Immensely rewarding career

Being a firefighter is so much more than just putting out fires, it is an immensely rewarding career. We value diversity and recognise that different people bring different experiences, ideas, knowledge and culture and that this difference brings great strength. We want our workforce to be more reflective of society. 

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said: “I firmly believe that unless we do our very best to get everyone to consider a role in the fire and rescue service then we can’t be sure we are choosing the very best to serve our community. We have spent the last couple of months trying to encourage people who may never have thought of becoming a firefighter to find out more. We hope that anyone who hears about this recruitment will find out more and take a long look at just what an amazing opportunity this is.” 

Firefighters need a combination of physical strength and stamina, strength of character and compassion. Also important are confidence, resilience, an ability to communicate effectively and a commitment to equality and diversity.  

Watch Manager, Bex Washington: “My 15-year career in the fire service has so far been a combination of fun, variety and hard work. It has been intellectually, mentally, emotionally and physically challenging but the reward of helping to save peoples’ lives and supporting those in need, makes it one of the most amazing jobs you can do. Working within some fantastic and varied teams makes the hard days easier and the good days even better. If you’re able to ‘think outside the box’, motivate yourself and work as a team then the Fire Service has a myriad of options for you!” 

Group Manager, Chris Baker: “As a firefighter, you will need to be ready to learn both through formal training and lectures and every day throughout your career as you attend incidents or carry out community work, The initial training is very focused on giving you the right skills to begin working with us and then you get to experience what it’s like being part of a team on station and in our communities.”

Further information and how to apply 

Anyone who is interested in this role can find out more via our website at www.esfrs.org/about-us/careers/wholetime-firefighter-recruitment

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