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.