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Wholetime recruitment selection process

When full time firefighter recruitment takes place, the selection process is outlined below:

Stage 1 – Element 1 – Online registration and sift

This stage is where applicants complete a short form to register for the process and the sift is undertaken to check applicants meet the essential criteria for the role. 

Stage 1 – Elements 2 and 3 – Online assessments

This stage includes a behavioural style questionnaire and a situational judgement test.

Stage 2 – Online Tests 

On successfully passing stage 1, applicants progress to undertake the following online Fire and Rescue Service tests:

  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Mechanical reasoning

Stage 3 – Fitness test 

On successfully passing stage 2, applicants will progress to undertake a multi-stage fitness test also known as a ‘bleep test’.

Stage 4 – Job Related Tests (JRTs) 

On successfully passing stage 3, applicants will progress to undertake JRTs which may comprise of the following:

  • Casualty evacuation
  • Equipment carry
  • Equipment assembly
  • Enclosed space test wearing Breathing Apparatus (BA)
  • Hose running
  • Ladder lift simulator
  • Ladder climb
  • Ladder extension

More details on the above tests are available on our website.

 Stage 5 – Interviews

On successfully passing stage 4,  applicants will be invited to an interview which will focus on the following:

  • Effective communication
  • Openness to change
  • Working with others
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Commitment to diversity and integrity
  • Personal impact

 Stage 6 – Medicals/fitness test

On successfully passing stage 5,  applicants will be required to attend a medical and fitness test with our Occupational Health provider.

Stage 7 – Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and employment checks 

Before an offer of employment is confirmed, the Service will apply for a DBS check.  Pre-employment background checks will also be requested such as references and eligibility to work in the UK.  All successful candidates will be required to attend an initial 12-week residential course at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire.

Please note: If you are successful and do not possess the requisite qualifications in Maths and English, you will be supported and required to undertake the level 2 Maths and English qualification. You will also need to study for and pass Institute of  the Fire Engineering (IFE) level 2 Operations Exams.

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