What do you know about the West Yorkshire FRS Firefighter Recruitment Process? If you live in this area and are hoping to become a Wholetime Firefighter with West Yorkshire FRS our guide can help!
Step 1 – Realistic Job Preview and Eligibility Questions
You’ll be asked in your initial online application to enter your personal details and answer some basic screening questions, designed to make sure that you understand and meet the basic job requirements.
Next you’ll be asked to complete an online Realistic Job Preview. The RJP consists of a series of multiple choice questions designed to check your attitude to the job and situations you might find yourself in as a firefighter.
Doing a RJP can also allow you to ‘opt out ‘if you realise the role may not be for you, before you are too far along in the process.
You’ll also be asked to disclose any unspent criminal convictions at this stage.
Step 2 – The Online Tests
Your initial application will be reviewed, and if it’s successful you’ll then be asked to complete a series of online tests.
These involve passing two behavioural tests:
- Behavioural Styles
- Situational Judgement
Next come the psychometric tests. There are two tests to complete in the West Yorkshire FRS Firefighter Recruitment Process:
The questions will have multiple choice answers, and you’ll be given a specified amount of time to complete the verbal reasoning and calculation tests.
These tests are best completed on a tablet or computer, rather than on a smartphone, if at all possible!
Step 3 – Fitness Test and Physical Tests
You’ll be asked to take part in the Chester Treadmill test to prove you meet the required standards of fitness.
There are also various physical tests you’ll have to pass. These are made up of ‘hands on’ activities designed to assess your fitness, strength, stamina and coordination. They’re also there to see how well you cope with situations you might encounter on the job such as heights and enclosed spaces.
You’ll receive an email with the time, date and location.
The physical tests include:
- Ladder Climb
- Casualty Evacuation
- Ladder Lift
- Ladder Extension
- Equipment Carry
- Equipment Assembly
You’ll be supplied with the appropriate protective clothing.
Step 4 – The Assessment Centre and Interviews
Next (if you’ve passed the physical and fitness testing) you’ll be asked to attend the assessment centre for a one to one 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.
Remember – his is your best chance to convince the panel that you are the candidate for them!
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.
You may also be asked to participate in some other exercises, for example a short presentation or group discussion or role play. You’ll be given information on the topic in advance to allow you time to prepare.
If you’re successful and have been offered the job, there are some final checks that the FRS will need to run.
You’ll be asked to attend a medical assessment with the Occupational Health department.
The medical is a general assessment to check that you’re fit for firefighter duties, and includes looking at your:
- Lung function
- Grip strength
- Blood pressure
The final pre-employment checks will involve checking the information on your application form, contacting your references, and performing a standard criminal record check.