The selection process consists of ability and practical tests, which are job related tasks relevant to a firefighter's role.
There are several stages of the recruitment process, which are detailed below.
Candidates will be asked to complete a detailed application form.
Mental agility test
This stage requires the candidate to complete and pass a written test.
Mental agility example questions:
- What is the next number in this series? 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21...
- Nose is to Smell as an Eye is to... A) Hearing B) Taste C) Sight D) Touch
- Which word does not belong in this list? A) Square B) Triangle C) Circle D) Cube
- James had £5 pocket money. He spent 20% on crisps and ½ on stickers. How much does he have left?
- Which number is smaller? A) 1/4 B) 0.2 C) 1.02 D) 1/3
- What is the 4th letter of the month before September?
This is designed to assess your ability to become a firefighter. If successful, you will be invited to attend an interview.
The tests are:
- A ladder climb - this test is designed to assess confidence and co-ordination whilst working at heights. Candidates will be attached to a safety line.
- Ladder extension.
- Enclosed space - this involves negotiating through a measured crawl way wearing a Breathing Apparatus facemask within a set time.
- Equipment carry.
There will be an assessment to see if you already have the right level to train as a Firefighter, or give you advice and support on how to reach the standard required.
- Chester treadmill assessment
- 25kg bar lift.
You will be asked to take part in a group discussion with other candidates. The discussion will be based around the role of an on call firefighter within the community. This will be a great opportunity to demonstrate your excellent communication skills.