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Apply to be an on-call firefighter

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

Once you have completed the online application form, you will be contacted to discuss your availability and to discuss the rest of the process.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a pre-fitness test, where you will be given advice and guidance to make sure you are up to the right level of strength and fitness before you attend the physical assessment day.

You will also need to pass a literacy and numeracy assessment, but don’t worry, all the information you need to help you prepare for these tests, as well as the option to practice, is here:

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.
We recommend before applying that you read through our eyesight requirements for the firefighter role and if you have any concerns that you do not meet the requirements, please get in touch with your optician.

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

Once you’ve passed your assessment process and been offered employment with us you’ll be ready to start training to become an on-call firefighter. This will begin with a two-week training course, which runs Monday – Friday.

After this you’ll attend evening training sessions which usually last for two hours one evening a week for 10 weeks.

After your initial training you’ll of course continue training throughout your career – making sure you’re always up to date and confident in your role.

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.