Wholetime recruitment selection process

The selection process for fulltime firefighter recruitment is outlined below:

Stage 1 – Element 1 – Registration and sift (now closed)

For anyone who has applied for the role, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), information pack and online registration guidance for information on the remainder of the recruitment process. 

Stage 1 – Element 2 and 3 (This will become available to eligible applicants from midday on 19 September until 30 September 2022)

This will include a behavioural questionnaire and a situational judgement test.

Stage 2 – Online assessments (available from midday on 03 October 2022)

On successfully passing stage 1, applicants will progress to undertake the following online assessments:

  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Mechanical reasoning

Stage 3 – Fitness test (currently scheduled week commencing 17 October 2022) 

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) (currently scheduled week commencing 07 November 2022)

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 (currently scheduled week commencing 05 December 2022) 

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 (date to be confirmed)

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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