Step Three: Physical Tests

As part of the Wholetime recruitment process, you will be required to complete the following 5 physical tests that assess fitness, strength, stamina, coordination, dexterity and ability to work at height and within enclosed spaces.

* Please note that testing equipment may vary and the videos are an indication of what candidates can expect but do not mirror exact test conditions.* 

Example Training Programme for RBFRS strength tests 

FireFit Recruitment Fitness Programme

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.  

Gym Based Tests

Candidates are required to replicate raising the pawls on a 13.5 ladder by completing a 60kg rope pull (1 repetition). Candidates will then be asked to replicate extending a 10.5m ladder by completing 23 x 28kg rope pulls. There is not a pass / fail for these tests – your performance will be noted.

Candidates will be required to simulate putting the 13.5m ladder on top of the appliance by completing a shoulder press; the operational standard is 35kg

Candidates will be required to complete a 60kg deadlift (1 repetition) and a 28kg single arm deadlift (1 repetition each arm)

Click here to watch a deadlift demonstration

Click here to watch a overhead press demonstration

Click here to watch a single arm deadlift demonstration

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. 

Click here to watch an equipment assembly demonstration

Ladder Lift Exercise

Candidates are required to lift the ladder lift simulator to the required height and lower it safely under control. The cradle is loaded with 15kg but including the weight of the equipment the total is approximately 25kg.

Click here to watch a ladder lift demonstration 

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.