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West Midlands Fire Service Recruitment Process

Stage 1 - Online Application

The online process includes an eligibility questionnaire followed by a range of psychometric assessments which measure your ability to be an effective firefighter. 

The assessments include:

Behavioural Styles Questionnaire

This questionnaire explores your typical behaviours at work and the preferences you emphasise. You will be presented with a series of statements about your working style and you will be asked to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement.

Situational Judgement Test

This test measures your judgement and decision making skill in relation to typical situations a firefighter could face. You will be asked to rate the effectiveness of different actions that could be taken in response to a given situation.

Verbal Assessment

This test measures your ability to evaluate, reason and conceptualise with words and sentences. You will be presented with passages of information and four statements about each passage. You will be asked to determine whether the statements are ‘true’, ‘false’, or ‘cannot say’, based on the information in the passage.

Numerical Reasoning

This test measures your ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate numerical information. You will be presented with numerical data in the form of either a graph, table or infographic and three statements which relate to the data. You will be asked to determine whether the statements are ‘true’, ‘false’, or ‘cannot say’, based on the information provided.

Mechanical Reasoning

This test is designed to measure your ability to apply cognitive reasoning to mechanical, physical and practical concepts in order to solve related problems. You will be shown mechanical situations and will be required to select the best answer from the options available.

Stage 2 - Assessment Centre

Successful applicants will then be allocated a date and invitation to an assessment day where we will measure their behaviours, attitude and how they interact with diverse groups of individuals. This will be done over the following areas:

  • Group Discussion – You will be given 4 topics to discuss in groups of 4. Candidates will be observed by 2 assessors.
  • Role Play – Candidates will be put in situations faced by our firefighters every day. The assessments will consist of 2 assessors and one role player.
  • Interview - At the interview you will be asked a range of questions which will allow you to demonstrate your behaviours, attributes, knowledge of the fire service and “the plan” to determine your suitability for the role of a firefighter.
  • Practical Assessment - These are job-related tests that follow the national framework to ensure that you have sufficient practical ability to handle fire service equipment; you will be assessed to ensure that you can work at heights, have good manual dexterity, and the ability to combine upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.

Full instruction is given on prior to and on the day and you will be provided with fire service protective clothing to wear.

Stage 3 – Employment Checks

    DBS – Once you have passed the recruitment process you be required to complete the DBS online disclosure.

    In line with section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 all employers in the UK have to make basic checks on everyone they employ. Therefore, we will be asking you to bring relevant documents along e.g. Passport, birth certificate.

    References will only be sent for if you are successful at interview, prior to your medical.  You will need to supply details of your current and previous employer for references to be obtained.

    Kit Measurement
    A date will be arranged for you to be measured for your uniform.

    You will be invited to attend our Occupational Health Centre for a medical and fitness assessment.

The medical currently includes:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood Pressure
  • Urinalysis (urine tested for various abnormalities)
  • Eye Test – Near and distance vision (with and without spectacles if worn)
  • Breathing Test (lung function)
  • Hearing Test (audiometry)

You will be asked questions about your health and any disabilities/medical needs you may have.  You will then be seen by an Occupational Health Consultant (Dr) who will review the test results and may need to examine you.

In line with the Data Protection Act, we do not divulge any medical information to anyone outside of occupational health without your written consent.

A fitness assessment will be carried out by the Fitness Adviser as part of your medical.  Here you will be asked to take a Gas Analysis Assessment; this is a proven cardio pulmonary assessment for measuring aerobic capacity.

On successful completion of all the stages you will be issued a contract of employment and a start date for your initial training.


Application Form

To start the application process simply enter your postcode in the box below and click 'Show job opportunities near me'.

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