How does the application process work?

Once you’ve received all of the information you need and you’re ready to apply you’ll fill in an application form. This will give us your basic details and give us an idea of how much availability you can offer.

After we receive your application form we’ll contact you to go through the next steps. If you meet the requirements and your local station is recruiting you will go through the following stages:

Stage one - Application

You local station manager will contact you to discuss everything. You’ll then be invited to a pre-fitness appointment. This is not a test, just a a great chance to try out some of the fitness tests and gain some confidence. If you do struggle, our fitness team will give you support and advice on what to work on so you can try again in the future.

Stage two - Assessment day

You’ll be invited to an assessment day where you’ll complete the National Firefighter Selection tests. You’ll already have practised for the fitness test, and we will be able to support you through written tests if you need it.

Stage three - Interview

Once you’ve passed the assessment day you’ll meet with your Station Manager for an interview. You’ll need to give examples of previous situations where you’ve behaved in ways we’re looking for – like problem solving, commitment to diversity and integrity and working with others. This will also give you a chance to talk about the role and any other questions you might have.

Stage four - Occupational health screening assessment

Here you’ll attend a medical appointment to make sure you’re fit and healthy to carry out your role safely

Stage five - DBS and employment checks

You will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check and then complete other pre-employment checks such as us acquiring your references and checking your ID and proof of address document.

Stage six - Initial training

When you’ve passed the initial four application stages you’ll spend some time training to become a competent firefighter – this can be completed over 10 evenings or two weekends.

Of course, once you’re a fully competent firefighter you’ll still train regularly throughout your career to ensure your skills and knowledge remain at the high standard we expect.