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Want to be an On-Call Firefighter? Come to our NFST Day

We are inviting applicants who are interested in becoming an On-Call Firefighter to attend the On-Call National Firefighting Selection Test (NFST) Day.

  • Date: Sunday, 10 September 2023
  • Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Location: Whitley Wood Fire Station, Whitley Wood Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 8FS

What is the On-Call NFST Day?

The NFST Day is a vital part of the recruitment process that requires applicants to complete a series of physical tests, to show that you have the fitness, stamina and abilities required to become an On-Call Firefighter.

The tests:

  • Ladder Climb
  • Enclosed Space
  • Equipment Assembly
  • Drill Ground Assessment
  • Ladder Lift Exercise

For more details about the physical tests, please see our guide that explains each exercise.

Who can attend?

This event is for applicants who have an interest in becoming an On-Call Firefighter at any of our On-Call Fire Stations:

  • Hungerford
  • Lambourn
  • Mortimer
  • Crowthorne
  • Maidenhead

(Please note: Applicants for Lambourn and Maidenhead are especially needed, as there more vacancies at these stations. Vacancies at Hungerford, Mortimer and Crowthorne are limited.)

To see if you meet the role requirements to become an On-Call Firefighter, please read our information page. You can also check out our YouTube Playlist which shows you everything involved in becoming an On-Call Firefighter.

Candidates who have already started the application process are preferred, but there is still plenty of time to apply before the day!

How to apply and RSVP:

If you want a fulfilling career that helps the local community, please follow our On-Call Application Process that details each step of recruitment.

Alternatively, you can contact us via RBFRS’s Recruitment email:

Good luck and we hope to see you there!

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.