Step One: Eligibility

Qualifying Criteria

To submit an application form you must be aged 18 years or over. Before being offered employment, you will be required to provide evidence of your entitlement to work in the UK, in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. Whilst a full driving licence is not required to apply as a firefighter, without one, an individual would not be able to progress to competent status pay. To apply for a wholetime position you must live within a 30-mile radius of the centre of Reading. Take a look at qualifying postcodes.

Declaration of Offences

If you have a criminal record this will not necessarily disqualify you from employment. All applications are considered on merit and in particular, whether the offence has a bearing on your suitability for employment as a firefighter. However, firefighters do need to have a high level of self-discipline and be people in whom the public can have complete confidence.

You will, therefore, be required to declare any conviction which is not yet 'spent' within the meaning of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and any charges that are pending. A Criminal Records Bureau check will be made.

Further guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act can be obtained via the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Visit their website at www.nacro.org.uk for more information.

Eligibility Tests

As part of the application to become a wholetime firefighter, you will be required to complete a Behavioural Styles Questionnaire and a Situational Judgement test.

The Behavioural Styles Questionnaire is a questionnaire about a candidate’s typical behaviours and the values they emphasise at work. Candidates will be asked to rate the extent to which they agree or disagree with 96 statements about their working styles. The questionnaire measures 12 personal qualities, attributes and behaviours relevant to the role of a firefighter.

  • Working with Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Dedicated
  • Effective Communication
  • Commitment to Development
  • Discipline
  • Openness to Change
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to Diversity and Integrity

 

The Situational Judgement test presents candidates with 20 scenarios; each scenario depicts a typical situation which a firefighter could face in their role. Candidates are presented with a description of the scenario and four actions that could be taken in response to the situation. Candidates are asked to rate the effectiveness of each action.

The Situational Judgement test measures five personal qualities, attributes and behaviours relevant to the role of a firefighter.

  • Working with Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Effective Communication
  • Commitment to Development