​​​Practical Tests:

You will be required to undertake practical tests which assess your level of fitness, and strength, as well as your level of confidence in simulated exercises.

Tests involved are designed to reflect operational practice and may change from time to time but may include Ladder Climb, Casualty Evacuation, Ladder Lift / Lower Simulation, Enclosed Space, Equipment Carry and Bleep Test or the Chester Treadmill test and online assessment​.

The point of entry fitness requirement is 42.3VO which is equivalent to Level 8.6 on the Multi-Stage Shuttle Run/Bleep Test.

The film below demonstrates what these tests may involve.​


The bleep test:​

The Chester Treadmill test:

To find out more information about the required levels of physical fitness, download this booklet which has been created by the Chief Fire Officers Association    


Online Tests:

You will undertake tests to assess the ability to process information, problem solve and work with numbers. There may also be a personality questionnaire to assess personal qualities and attributes.

The tests may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with numbers

  • Understanding information

  • Situational awareness and problem solving or 'situational judgement'

  • Psychometric test which assesses cability to determine suitability to work in different environments.​


Firefighter Application Form

The application form provides us with your personal details such as work history or qualifications and gives you an opportunity to demonstrate any evidence that you have to show how you meet the employee specification. If an area is essential you cannot be considered for the role of Firefighter unless you evidence that you have that element of the criteria.



The interview consists of a face-to-face to discussion. The format will be a series of questions about your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities against the employee specification.​

The employee specification will be available on this website when posts are advertised so you can consider the qualifications, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities we are looking for.


Medical Assessment

Once you are nearing the end of the selection process, you will be invited to attend a medical assessment, where you will be examined by the Fire and Rescue Service Doctor and your medical records obtained from your GP. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire covering your medical history and will then be subject to a series of tests including: Hearing Test; Step Test; Lung Function; Physical Stamina and general tests.