Are you interested in applying? Read our guide to the Cambridgeshire Firefighter Recruitment Process before you do!
The Online Application
Make sure you give yourself time to fill the form out correctly and fully, as you will only be given a specified length of time to do so.
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
- Cambridgeshire FRS Core Values
- Personal Statement – How you meet the PQAs
The Psychometric Tests
If your initial application is successful you’ll then be asked to complete a series of written psychometric tests.
You’ll receive an invitation to attend these, with all the details you need of the time, date and location.
There will be three timed tests:
The questions will have multiple choice answers, and you’ll be given three hours in total to complete them.
Fitness and Medical Tests
If you’ve been successful in completing the written tests then you’ll be asked to attend a medical and fitness assessment.
The medical is a general assessment to check that you’re fit for firefighter duties, and includes looking at your weight, lung function and blood pressure. You’ll also have to undergo hearing, eyesight and urine tests.
The fitness test is in the form of the Chester treadmill Walking Test, designed to test your aerobic fitness. This is a 12 minute treadmill walking test to identify if you’re capable of reaching the required fitness standard. You’ll be asked to walk at a brisk pace on increasing gradients.
Because Firefighters also have to perform water rescues, there is a swimming test for applicants in which you’ll have to prove that you can:
- Jump / dive into deep water
- Swim 50 metres in less than 70 seconds
- Swim 100 metres (with any stroke)
- Tread water for 30 seconds
- Surface dive to the floor of the pool
- Climb out of the pool unaided
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, as well as seeing how you cope with trick situations you might encounter on the job 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
The Assessment Day
If you make it through the physical assessment tests you’ll be invited to the final stage, an assessment day.
The most important part of this is the interview. 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!
You’ll also be asked to take part two some role-play exercises, to see how you react to certain situations and how good your communication skills are.
You generally won’t have long to wait before the FRS informs you if you’ve got the job! They will let you know either way, but even if you haven’t made it on this attempt you’ve done amazingly well to get so far.
If you’re successful at the assessment day and have been offered the job, there are some final checks that the FRS will need to run.
This will involve checking the information on your application form, contacting your references, and performing a standard criminal record check.