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Selection Process

Selection Process


To establish when you are available to provide cover, you will need to tell us your hours of availability. This will be verified alongside the requirements of the station and your ability to respond to the station within the required time.

Application Form

You will be required to complete an application form which includes your personal details and answer a number of Personal Qualities and Attribute (PQA) questions. You can download the Personal Qualities and Attributes guide available here

Written Tests

You will undertake two papers from the National Firefighter Ability Test - Working with Numbers and Understanding Information. You will also undertake a Dictation, Memory Retention and Recall Test.

The tests are taken under exam conditions and will last approximately three hours including a break. You can download the written test practice booklet available here.

Job Related Tests

The tests will determine whether you have the required levels of aerobic fitness and strength to carry out the role of a Firefighter. These tests are designed to simulate aspects of a Firefighter's role. You will be required to wear fire kit. The tests are as follows:

Job related Tests
Ladder Climb To test confidence and ability to follow instructions
Ladder Lift To test physical upper and lower body strength and co-ordination
Enclosed Space To test confidence, agility and identify claustrophobic tendencies
Equipment Assembly To test manual dexterity
Equipment Carry To test aerobic fitness, stamina, upper and lower body strength and co-ordination

Listed here are videos of some of the job related tests available on youtube.


This is a panel interview which will last no more than one hour. You will be asked several PQA and scenario based questions and we advise that you use the S.T.A.R. model to answer these questions. You can download the on-call firefighter interview practice booklet here.

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