The tests are the same as for wholetime firefighters
but may be conducted in a different order. They consist of:
01 APPLICATION FORM – questions in the application form relating to Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs).
02 WRITTEN ABILITY TESTS – further information about these tests can be found by consulting the Practice Booklet.
03 PHYSICAL TESTS – We are currently reviewing the selection tests undertaken and we will be including additional tests to examine resilience, behaviours and team working at the physical test stage.
The new process is that candidates who are successful in the written tests and questionnaire will be invited to take a series of tests designed to assess fitness, strength, stamina, coordination, ability to understand and apply information, dexterity, and ability to work at heights and in confined spaces:
Ladder Climb – Candidates wear a safety harness and ascend two thirds of the way up a 13.5 metre ladder and take a leg-lock. They are then asked to lean backwards and outstretch their arms to the sides, and then whilst looking over their shoulder they are to say out loud what symbol is being shown by the assessor at ground level. This will test confidence at heights.
Ladder Lift – Candidates raise the bar of a ladder lift simulator to the required height with 15kg of weight placed on the simulator cradle, which gives a total lift load of 24kg. This will test upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.
Enclosed Space – Candidates put on a facemask with un-obscured vision although this will be in a dark environment. They will make their way through a crawl and walkway. Once inside the crawl/walkway they have their vision obscured and return to the start. This will test confidence, agility and stamina.
Equipment Assembly – Candidates are given a demonstration of the test before having to assemble and disassemble a number of components to make an item of equipment which will test manual dexterity.
Drill Ground Assessment:
Candidates are required to complete a series of tasks that simulate firefighting activities such as carrying equipment, running out hose and casualty evacuation, within a set time. This is a test of physical fitness.
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