We are currently recruiting wholetime firefighters.

If you are interested in applying to be a wholetime firefighter, we recommend spending 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. 

Stage 1 - Initial application form

As part of the 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) or Key Skills Level 2 in Maths and English
  • Full UK Driving Licence (manual)
  • You meet the vision criteria

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

Stage 2 - Psychometric Online Assessment

All candidates will be required to complete a series of psychometric online assessments.

These assessments help to provide more information about you and your natural behaviours, reactions and decision making.

This stage of assessment provides information to help us shortlist candidates for the next stage which is the physical assessment.


Stage 3 - Physical 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.

Stage 4 - 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.

The interviews will take place either face-to-face or online depending on availability. Your preference will be taken into consideration.

This is the final stage of assessment.

Meet some of our assessors here.

Stage 5 - 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 (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

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