Durham and Darlington FRS Firefighter Recruitment Process

Looking to apply to Durham and Darlington FRS in their next Firefighter intake? Our guide to the Durham and Darlington FRS Firefighter Recruitment Process is here to show you how!

Durham and Darlington FRS Firefighter Recruitment Process

Step 1 – The Online Application

The online application form will only be accessible when the Durham and Darlington FRS Firefighter Recruitment Process is open – generally this happens on an annual basis.

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The application form contains the following sections:

  • Personal details
  • Education and Training
  • Employment History
  • FRS Employment History (if you’ve been a Firefighter, or applied previously)
  • Support Requirements/Disability Declaration
  • References (One must be from your current employer, if you have one)
  • Declaration of any offences
  • FRS Core Values
  • Personal Statement – How you meet the PQAs

Be prepared – it’s a good idea to jot down your answers ‘in rough’ before you begin the online application, so you can refer to them as you’re completing the application form. This way you can make sure you don’t miss anything out!

Step 2 – The Psychometric Tests

Initial application successful? You’ll now be asked to complete a series of online behavioural and psychometric tests.

You’ll receive an email with a link to these.

You’ll first be asked to complete a Behavioural Styles questionnaire, and Situational Judgement Test – these are untimed.

Next, there will be three sets of ability tests to complete:

All the questions will have multiple choice answers, and you’ll be given a specified amount of time to complete them.

It’s really important to prepare for these types of tests! They can seem daunting if you’ve never came across them before, but you can take a look at some sample questions here.

Step 3 – The Physical Tests

There are also various physical tests you’ll have to pass. Fitness is a crucial part of the Firefighter role. These are made up of activities designed to assess your fitness, strength, stamina and coordination. They’re also designed to see how you cope with situations you’ll encounter as a firefighter such as heights and enclosed spaces.

The physical tests include:

  • Enclosed Space Test
  • Ladder Climb
  • Casualty Evacuation
  • Ladder Lift
  • Ladder Extension
  • Equipment Carry
  • Equipment Assembly

Step 4 – The Interview

If you make the grade in the physical assessment tests you’ll be invited to the final assessment stage, a competency based interview.

In these types of interview you’ll be asked questions relating to your behaviour on certain occasions or in specific circumstances, which you’ll then need to provide evidence for by using concrete examples from your past work and life experience.

This is your best chance to convince the panel that you are the candidate that they want to employ.

Again, it’s really important that you prepare adequately for the day – forewarned is forearmed!

Spend a bit of time thinking about what you might be asked, and write down your responses so that they’re fresh in your mind before the interview.

If you’re successful at the interview day and have been offered the job, there are some final checks that the FRS will need to run.

Final Checks

You’ll be asked to attend a medical and fitness assessment with the Occupational Health department.

The medical is a general assessment to check that you’re fit for firefighter duties, and will check:

  • Hearing
  • Lung function
  • Eyes
  • Grip strength
  • Blood pressure

The last stage, the final pre-employment checks, will involve checking the information on your application form, contacting your references, and performing a standard criminal record check. 

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