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Application and selection process

As part of the recruitment process to become an On-call (retained) Firefighter at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, candidates must complete an application and go through a selection process.To find out more, please visit the On-call Firefighting page.

The process involves a written application, five physical tests, an interview and finally a medical for successful applicants.

If you have any questions about the process, you can hear about some of the experiences of our On-call firefighters on our YouTube channel. Otherwise, you can contact for further information.

To help potential applicants prepare for the selection process, we run a series of On-call Firefighter recruitment events and ‘Have a Go’ days at fire stations across Berkshire all year round. 

Application and Selection Process

The Behavioural Competency Framework allows us to easily identify the behaviours that drive successful performance and enables us to deliver an effective service. The behaviours detailed within the job profile will be assessed throughout the selection process.

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At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we want you to bring your whole self to work.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are more than just words for us. That’s why we are committed to creating a culture where everyone feels included and respected, and where no one is unfairly discriminated against. All applications are considered on merit alone. We are a Disability Confident Leader – if you meet the essential criteria of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Simply: Our community is varied and diverse. Our workforce should be too.

At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, everyone is welcome.To find out more, visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages.