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On-call Fitness, Tests & Qualifications

To become a firefighter, you will need to pass fitness, practical and written tests.

Every firefighter is expected to maintain their fitness throughout their career, and will have their fitness assessed every year.

Written tests

All applicants will be required to take and pass the two online written assessments in English and Maths and these will be sat prior to being invited to the physical aptitude tests.

You can view an example of our English assessment here.

You can view an example of our Maths assessment here.

Fitness, aptitude and practical tests
  • 20 metre bleep test (you will be required to achieve level 8.8)
  • 1 x 35kg overhead press
  • 1 x 60kg single rope lateral pulldown
  • 28kg single rope lateral pulldown: 23 pulldowns in 60 seconds
  • ladder climb with leg lock
  • confined space crawl
  • equipment assembly
  • equipment carry

Watch examples of these tests below.

Fitness, Aptitude & Practical Tests

Part of the requirements for joining the fire service include fitness, aptitiude and practical tests but they’re nothing to be scared of and can be achieved with a bit of training. Watch the videos below for an idea of what to expect:

Wholetime Fitness, Tests & Qualifications

Every firefighter is expected to maintain their fitness throughout their career, and will have their fitness assessed every year.

Written tests

All applicants will be required to take and pass the two online written assessments in English and Maths and these will be sat prior to being invited to the physical aptitude tests.

Our online English & Maths assessments are against a clock and we recommend you try the practice links to familiarise yourself with the question format.

You can view an example of our English assessment here.

You can view an example of our Maths assessment here.

Psychometric tests

You will be required to complete an online assessment, which will tell us more about you. It has been specifically designed to capture how you go about tackling challenges, allowing us to objectively measure how you naturally approach problems and react to changes in requirements, risk and uncertainty.

Fitness tests

To learn more about our fitness tests please click here.

Your journey to becoming a wholetime firefighter

On your journey to becoming a wholetime firefighter, you’ll be able to track your progress with our Milestone Chart. This is a record of all the important dates throughout the process so make sure to make a note of these*.

 

*subject to change due to Covid restrictions. Please ensure you review all emails from us for any changes to location as required.