We are currently recruiting wholetime firefighters. 

During our 18 month recruitment campaign we will be processing applications in phases, so if you don’t get onto one phase, don’t worry you may still be processed in the next phase. You will be kept informed of your progress throughout your application. 

As there is no immediate deadline for applications, please take your time reading through our website for all the information about becoming a firefighter. Take the time to read all the guidance on the fitness and physical tests so you are confident you meet the standards before you apply. Also as part of the initial application form you will be asked to complete a 500 word supporting statement, so don’t rush it and make it the best you can. 

The first squad of recruits will begin their training in December 2020, followed by a further two squads in April and September 2021. 

Stage 1 - Initial application form

As part of online application form you will need to confirm:

  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Able to travel to any fire station in Essex
  • Have a valid email address
  • Have GCSE A*-C (9-4) in Maths and English (if not, don’t worry you can take literacy and numeracy assessment for one or both)

You will also be contacted by email to complete the following;

  • A 500-word supporting statement showing how you meet the person specification
  • Which of the aerobic fitness test you wish to take should you progress to the assessment day (Click here for more details)

Stage 2 - Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

If you can evidence (photo or scan) a GCSE A-C in Maths and English there is no need to do this stage.

If not, you will need to take a literacy and numeracy assessment. A link will be sent for you to complete online.

When you start the assessment it will give you a chance to try a practice test first. If you want to do a separate practice test first you can access them via these links:

Literacy practice test:
https://frs.tptests.com/candidate/practice?accesskey=1445204

Numerical practice test:
https://frs.tptests.com/candidate/practice?accesskey=321455714

Stage 3 - Personality Profile Assessment

All candidates will take this assessment via a game-based app. You will be required to download the app and complete a series of games. During these games, the app will collect over 5000 data points of reference about you, and how you approach and perform in these games.

Stage 4 - Assessment Day

We will sift through the top scorers from the online tests to invite applicants to an assessment day.

At the assessment day you’ll attempt the aerobic fitness test first (the Bleep Test or Chester Treadmill Test). If you pass this you’ll then be invited to complete the full physical assessment which includes:

  • Manual Dexterity Test
  • Ladder lift
  • Equipment carry
  • Dummy drag
  • Confinement chamber
  • Ladder climb

Go to our Firefighter Fitness page for more information.

The first round of assessment dates are currently scheduled to be held at Southend Fire Station on the following dates:  

  • Monday 5 October 
  • Thursday 8 October 
  • Monday 12 October 
  • Thursday 15 October 
  • Monday 19 October 
  • Monday 26 October 

Further assessment dates will be scheduled for 2021.  

Stage 5 - Interview

All those who successfully complete the assessment day will be invited to an interview. The interview will be values-based where we will find out more about you and assess your values and behaviours. This is the final stage of assessment.

Meet some of our assessors here.

Stage 6 - Pre-employment checks

You will be required to have an occupational health assessment, provide three years of employment and character references, proof of eligibility to live and work in the UK, as well as a basic DBS check.

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