Firefighting is a varied, rewarding and challenging role that involves far more than responding to fires.

It offers a career to be proud of. With a structured career pathway and excellent training and learning opportunities today’s firefighter could be tomorrow’s chief fire officer.

Have you got what it takes?

Have a go at one of our taster events to find out if firefighting is the career for you!

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    Available Times & Dates

    Our have a go days are available at sites across Lancashire on the following dates:

    Location Date Time
    Nelson Fire Station, Scotland Rd, Nelson, BB9 7QH Sat 11/09/21 12:30-15:30 hrs
    Pendle Leisure Centre, Crown Way, Colne, BB8 9NP Sun 12/09/21 13:30-16:30 hrs
    Sports Hall, CLHS, Crag Road, Lancaster, LA1 3LS Sat 18/09/21 09:30-12:30 hrs
    Nelson Fire Station, Bradley Rd, Nelson, BB9 7QH Sat 25/09/21 13:30-16:30 hrs
    Spirit of Sport, Ormerod Road, Burnley, BB10 3AA Sun 26/09/21 13:30-16:30 hrs
    Washington Hall, LFRS Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DH Sun 03/10/21 09:30-12:30 hrs
    Nelson and Colne College sports Centre, Scotland Rd, Barrowford, Nelson, BB9 7YT Sat 09/10/21 12:30-15:30 hrs
    Preston College Sports Centre, St Vincents Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8UR Sun 10/10/21 09:30-12:30 hrs
    Audley Sports Centre, Chester Street, Blackburn, BB1 1DW Sat 16/10/21 14:30-16:30 hrs
    Witton Park Sports Centre, Preston Old Rd, Blackburn, BB2 2TP Sun 17/10/21 14:30-16:30 hrs
    Sports Hall, Blackpool Sports Centre, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ Sat 23/10/21 09:30-13:00 hrs
    Sports Hall, Blackpool Sports Centre, West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HQ Sun 24/10/21 09:30-13:00 hrs
    Washington Hall, LFRS Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DH Sat 30/10/21 09:30-12:30 hrs

     

    Taster Session Information

    Please find more information about our taster sessions below. Simply click each question to reveal the answer.

    For more information, please contact us on 01772 862545​​​​.

    • What can I expect when I attend?

      The day comprises of a number of activities, including:

      1. Bleep test.
      2. Equipment carry.
      3. Dummy drag.
      4. Confined space appreciation.
      5. SHL appreciation.

      There will be various staff including operational firefighters, PTIs (personal trainers) & HR (Human Resources) representatives in attendance to support candidates.

    • Do I need to book or can I just turn up?

      All candidates will be able to simply turn up at one of the venues.

    • Do I need to bring anything?

      Candidates will be invited to participate in physical activities, therefore they should wear:

      • Suitable footwear (trainers).
      • Suitable clothing (long sleeve top and running bottoms).
      • Long hair will have to be tied up.
      • Piercings will need to be either removed or taped up.
    • Is there a lower age limit?

      Candidates can be any age to attend the have a go events but must be 16 years of age to participate in the physical activities and 18 to apply to be a firefighter with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service at point of application.

    FAQs

    We have also added a few FAQs to provide some information about applying to become a wholetime firefighter. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

    • I’m dyslexic; will I be able to cope with the written tests?

      Dyslexia is classed as a disability and you will be asked if you have a disability as part of the application form process. Where a candidate has a disability, they should contact the Human Resources department on 01772 866840 to discuss any reasonable adjustments you wish us to consider making during each stage of the recruitment process.

    • I wear glasses (or have had eye surgery) - can I apply?

      Yes. Part of the recruitment process will include a medical and this will include an eye test. Our occupational health physician will determine whether your vision meets the standards to become a firefighter. You will be required to take up to date eyesight test results to your medical appointment.

      The national recruitment standards for firefighters require firefighters to have:

      • Uncorrected distance vision no worse than 6/18 in the better eye and 6/24 in the worse eye.
      • Corrected distance acuity should be at least 6/9 with both eyes open and reach 6/12 in the weaker eye.
    • What are the hours of duty?

      LFRS has a number of duty systems. Full details can be found by clicking on ‘shift systems’ on the ‘wholetime firefighter’ section on our careers page, available here.

    • What is the bleep test?

      The ‘bleep test’ or multi-stage shuttle run is a fitness test to determine your aerobic capacity which needs to be 42.3 VO2 max (the maximum or optimum rate at which the heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise, used as a way of measuring a person’s individual aerobic capacity). This can be predicted during the multi stage shuttle run (bleep test) with the target of 42.3 VO2 max being achievable upon completion of level 8.6. in the test. Candidates must move between two given points in time to a ‘bleep’ sound; the pace is increased incrementally. A short video of this test is available to view in the ‘recruitment and selection’ section. Candidates can elect to take this, or the Chester Treadmill Test.

      The Chester Treadmill Test is an incremental test incorporating seven levels where the gradient increases 3% every two minutes whilst the speed is set at 3.9mph (6.2km/hr). To be successful the two minute warm up and full twelve minute test has to be achieved.

      This video shows you what to expect when undertaking your bleep test.

       

    • What do online assessments consist of?

      You will be assessed on your verbal and numerical skills and your situational judgement. There is also a test designed to identify your suitability for certain types of duty systems. The best websites for practising would be as detailed below:

      shldirect.com

      numericalreasoningtest.org

      verbalreasoningtest.org

      assessmentday.co.uk

      practiceaptitudetests.com

      Please note these tests will not be exactly the same as the tests applicants will be undertaking, and some will be more related to the role of a firefighter and you cannot practice these online. They are useful to provide you with an idea of what to expect.

    • Where can I get further information on the role?

      The Lancashire Fire and Rescue website contains information. Please visit our wholetime recruitment careers page or explore www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk