Call for Burwash firefighters

Firefighters needed
Firefighters needed

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is opening its doors to people keen to become on-call firefighters in Burwash, Battle or Rye.

It’s part of a recruitment drive for retained firefighters and open to people living within five minutes of the three fire stations.

Rother Borough Commander Paul Evans said: “The Service offers a unique chance not only to serve your community but tackle new challenges.

“We offer full training and you can become part of a special group of people. Retained firefighters do the same job as a wholetime firefighter but are on call instead of being full time. You will be expected to respond to emergencies such as fires and road traffic collisions. You will also play an important role in helping prevent these incidents through safety initiatives.

“We already have a wide variety of people who work as retained firefighters.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can attend drill nights to meet current retained firefighters. People could turn up at any of these stations on a Tuesday between 7pm-8pm; phone Human Resources on 01323 462349 or find out more at:

Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters are an integral part of the county’s fire cover and mean more appliances can be crewed in some of the more rural and remote areas. All RDS firefighters are trained to the same standards as wholetime firefighters and respond to the same level of incidents. Over 90 per cent of RDS firefighters do their firefighting work alongside their day job. For example, they have office workers, self-employed people and those at home during school hours.

DS firefighters are paid an annual retaining fee of up to £2,905, plus an hourly rate of up to £13.27 for any work undertaken for the service, including responding to incidents and training. Their annual earnings will depend largely on how much cover they can offer and how often they get called out, but the average earned by RDS firefighters in East Sussex is between £5,000 and £7,000.