The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Wholetime Firefighter Selection process will be managed on-line. It is essential therefore that applicants monitor their emails to ensure that they do not miss any element of the process as alternative times and dates cannot be provided. Candidates are encouraged to apply using a laptop or desktop PC as candidates may not be able to access, or complete all relevant information, or tests associated with the recruitment process if using an IPad or smart phone. It is anticipated that the dates of recruitment will be as follows.
Information regarding each stage of the selection process:
The recruitment process will open at 9.00am on 16 October 2017 and close on 12.00 noon at 23 October 2017.
Application Form and On-line Tests: 16 October – 23 October 2017
Candidates are encouraged to ensure they have all the relevant details available when they commence completion of the application form. Both the series of questions and the application form will allow candidates to stop, edit and return to them, but once submitted they cannot be retrieved.
Further to the completion of the application form candidates will be required to complete a series of on-line assessments. We anticipate they will take in the region of 90 minutes to complete, but they can be completed more quickly or take longer. Applicants who applied for the role of Wholetime Firefighter in March 2017 and were invited to Bleep are not required to complete the initial on-line tests as they have already met the required standard.
The website will give candidates the option to register and submit a brief CV, candidates are not required to do this as part of the wholetime selection process itself, and may proceed straight to the application form if they so wish.
This stage is extremely competitive and candidates are encouraged to detail all their evidence under each area of the employee specification.
Book On: Bleep Test and On-line assessments: 28 November – 1 December 2017
Candidates will be advised by Email if their application form and online tests have been successful and requested to book on a Multi-Stage Shuttle Run or Chester Treadmill Test and undertake further on-line assessments in ICT and Situational Judgement.
The Multi-Stage Shuttle Run (Bleep)/ Chester Treadmill Test and On-line assessments: 4 December – 15 December 2017
The Multi-Stage Shuttle Run (Bleep) /Chester Treadmill Test demonstrates the required levels of fitness. All candidates will be required to indicate their preference before attending the test day. The standard required will be 42.3VO2 (equivalent to level 8.6 on the Multi-Stage Shuttle Run/Chester Treadmill Test). These tests and the On-line assessments will take place at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DH. Candidates should report to reception 15 minutes before the appointment. To undertake the Fitness Test candidates will be required to wear suitable loose-fitting clothing, such as a track suit or shorts and t-shirt and suitable training shoes.
Book On: Practical Assessment Day: 20 December – 22 December 2017
Candidates will be advised by Email if they can proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process which is the Practical Assessment Day.
Practical Assessment Day: 5 January – 12 January 2018
The Practical Assessment Day will take place at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DH and will comprise: Ladder Climb, Ladder Extension, Ladder Lift, Confined Space, Equipment Carry and Casualty Evacuation tests.
Candidates will be required to report to reception 15 minutes before their appointment. Candidates must be physically fit and able to undertake strenuous activity. In the event of a candidate being pregnant, on medication, or recovering from illness or injury they should consult with their own doctor prior to attending the Practical Assessment Day.
To undertake the Practical Assessment Day, candidates are required to wear suitable clothing which will be worn under firefighting kit, such as jogging type trousers and a t-shirt. A pair of thin and thick socks should also be brought for wearing with fire boots.
Candidates cannot leave any valuables on their person throughout the day and therefore it is suggested that you leave them at home. Any valuables brought are left at a candidates' own risk.
Candidates will be required to book on a morning slot or an afternoon slot it is anticipated that that the session will take in the region of three hours.
Book on Interview: 22 January – 26 January 2018
Candidates will be advised by Email if they can proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process which is the Presentation and Interview.
The presentation and interview will take up to an hour.
Presentation and Interview: 29 January 2018 – 9 February 2018
The presentation and interview will take place at LFRS Headquarters, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LH. Candidates should attend in smart attire; candidates already employed in a uniformed service are not required to wear uniform. You should report to Reception 10 minutes prior to the interview slot. You should bring with you proof of your identity on the day, in the form of a valid passport or photographic driving licence plus any original qualification certificates and driving licence.
Your interview will comprise a presentation which you will be notified of in advance and an interview with a number of Officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. The interview will comprise a series of questions which relate to the employee specification and the information you have provided on your application form.
Book on Medical Assessment: 19 February 2018 – 23 February 2018
Candidates will be invited to book on a medical; the assessment can take up to an hour.
Medical Assessment: 12 March 2018 – 16 March 2018
The medical assessments will take place at the LFRS Occupational Health Unit, Chorley, Community Fire Station, West Way Euxton, Chorley PR7 6DH. Your medical appointment will last approximately one hour.
Measuring for Uniform: 23rd April – 27 April 2018
Measuring for fire kit will take place at LFRS Headquarters, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LH. The process will take approximately one hour, successful candidates will need to contact: Procurement and Stores on 01772 866920
Commencement of Recruits Course 18th June 2018 or 14th January 2019
The basic training for a firefighter is a 12 week long, non-residential course which takes place at our Training Centre at Chorley.
The trainee rate of pay during the recruits' course is £22,237 per annum. Upon successful completion of the Wholetime Recruits Course your salary will increase to the rate of £23,162 which is the Firefighter Development rate of pay. You will achieve the competent rate of pay upon successful completion of units of competence as the firefighter role map as per LFRS Service Order.
Upon successful completion of the 13 week course, you will be allocated a station base. LFRS operate a number of duty systems, and as a new recruit, you could be posted to any station or any duty system.