Recruitment Stages

When recruitment opens, there will be two stages to the recruitment process for the Contingency Fire Crew roles.

Stage 1) – Initial Telephone Eligibility Screening

Candidates will be asked a number of questions to assess their eligibility and suitability for the role(s). Please note that if you do not meet all of the eligibility criteria we will be unable to progress your application further.

You MUST be available for both the Assessment Day and the relevant Initial Training Course for the role you wish to apply for. Individuals who are unable to attend the Assessment Day and/or associated Initial Training Course will not be considered further.

Once the above has been confirmed you will be allocated a place at the Assessment Day and provisionally nominated for an Initial Training Course, should you progress. You will also be asked for some contact details including an email address. Further information about the Assessment Day will then be emailed to you.

Stage 2) Assessment Day

Please note that all Assessment Days will be run on the basis that if you fail an assessment element e.g. the Aptitude Test, you will leave the process at that point and will be unable to complete any further elements.

Any individual who feels that they require any reasonable adjustments in order to fully participate in any of the assessment days should contact our recruitment team.

Fire & Rescue Operatives Assessment Day will consist of the following

  • Registration
  • Verification of eligibility to work in the UK
  • A written aptitude test (numerical and verbal reasoning)
  • A bleep test (level to be achieved is 8.7)
  • Practical testing
    • Ladder climb
    • Ladder lift
    • Crawls
    • Equipment carry
  • A short interview

Driver/Pump Operators Assessment Day will consist of the below

  • Registration
  • Verification of eligibility to work in the UK
  • A written aptitude test (numerical and verbal reasoning)
  • Validation of driving licence information
  • A driving assessment
  • A short interview

Successful candidates from all Assessment Days will be required to attend a medical with Occupational Health which will include a substance misuse test and a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

If successful at the relevant Assessment Day and subsequent medical and basic DBS checks, candidates will need to attend the relevant Initial Training Course.


This content was last updated on February 08th, 2019