East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is preparing for hundreds of people to apply to become full time firefighters as it officially opens recruitment.
It is the first time since 2009 that the Service has recruited wholetime firefighters, prompted by the number of retirements expected in the Service in the coming years.
Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker is hoping that the job will attract people who never previously thought of applying, “Being a firefighter is a very rewarding career – our firefighters are justifiably proud of their achievements in making East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove a safer place to live and work. The successful applicants will be trained to respond to emergency incidents such as fires, road traffic collisions and animal rescues. Furthermore, you will be playing a key role in preventing these incidents through education in local communities and businesses.
“The modern-day fire service requires the best candidates to come forward. We also want our workforce to reflect all the communities we serve. Firefighters need to understand local issues for different communities and cultures so that we can not only help when the worse happens but contribute positively to preventing accidents in the first place, in an appropriate way. This could be your opportunity to join us and make a real difference.”