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Pre-employment checks (Control)

Medical Assessment

You will be required to attend an appointment at our Occupational Health Unit for a medical and fitness assessment. The medical will include:

Additionally, you will be asked questions about your general health and any disabilities/medical needs you may have (a medical questionnaire will need to be completed prior to your attendance) An Occupational Health Technician will conduct the necessary tests. This will be followed up (not necessarily straight away but on the same day) with an appointment with the Occupational Health Physician who will review the test results, undertake any further testing (if required), and provide a medical decision on your fitness for operational duties. Please note prior to this decision (and largely dependent on your test results and clinical information you have disclosed) the physician may require your consent to liaise with any specialists or treating teams you have/or had. Alternatively, you may be referred back to your GP for further tests to be conducted on the NHS. In such cases a decision regarding your fitness will remain pending until the Occupational Health Physician has all the information needed to enable them to make a clinical informed decision.

We receive many enquiries from applicants during recruitment regarding current and/or past medical issues. Unfortunately, we cannot give definitive guidance regarding individual issues as all clinical matters require consultation with the Occupational Health Physician and GP’s/treating teams for them to decide whether an applicant is suitable to carry out the role of a Firefighter. All cases will be considered on an individual basis.

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

Eyesight standards

For your eyesight test, you will be asked to attend an appointment with your local Specsavers opticians, who will assess your vision in line with our eyesight entry standards. A form will be provided to you which the optician must complete, and you will need to send back to the Service before attendance at your occupational health physician appointment. Our eyesight entry standards are:

Hearing standards

Applicants for firefighting who meet the H2 standard should be considered fit for role. Applicants who score lower than H2 may be required to undertake additional functional testing before a decision on fitness can be determined.

Right to work

In order to comply with the law under Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, we will need proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. This evidence can be in the form of a Passport or Birth Certificate along with your National Insurance Card or your most recent P45 or P60. For further information please refer to the website www.gov.uk – Right to Work in the UK.


References will be requested for candidates who are successful in this recruitment process and will be taken up before any formal offer of appointment can be confirmed. References must include at least two people who are willing to supply a reference for you, one must be from your current or most recent employer (or teacher). You may not use relatives as referees.

Any gaps in your employment history of more than one month will need to be explained, for example, caring and childcare responsibilities. If you are/have been self-employed you will need to provide proof. e.g., tax returns for that period.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS Basic) checks

All roles at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service require a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. A Basic DBS clearance check will be undertaken on successful candidates prior to offer of employment.

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