Firefighting can be dangerous, and we have to ensure that our employees are fit enough in every way for the challenging conditions and environments which they may encounter as part of their operational duties.
We want our recruits to succeed and become competent firefighters. Our recruitment and selection process has to be robust so we can select those people most likely to pass all their training modules and achieve the required level of competence.
The application process is therefore designed to determine how someone adapts to the physical, mental and emotional requirements of being a firefighter. Among the areas we measure against are:
- Mobility – sprinting, running, jogging, walking, climbing stairs and ladders, crawling, jumping etc.
- Strength – lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling of weights, objects and equipment ranging from 5kg to 40kg.
- Claustrophobia and vertigo – ability to wear breathing apparatus and climb/work with ladders.
- Environmental factors – such as fire compartment temperatures above 100°C, elevated temperatures (30°C – 100°C), sub-zero temperatures, dust, overcrowding, open spaces, height, enclosed spaces, total and partial darkness, working in and around water, hazardous substances, smoke, high humidity.
- Communication – collating and passing accurate information; addressing colleagues, managers, members of the public etc.
- Handling pressure – dealing with traumatised victims and/or others, e.g. relatives and members of the public, making critical decisions quickly.
- Acceptable hearing, eyesight and other medical requirements.
For more on each stage of the recruitment process, follow the links below: