Can I become a firefighter?

From finding out if the role is for you, to the checks involved in offering you a post, these are the six steps to applying to WYFRS.



You will be involved in areas including:

  • Incident prevention
  • Dealing with difficult and unpleasant incidents
  • Preparing yourself and your equipment
  • Working shifts
  • Following instructions and taking initiative
  • Working within a team and acting as a role model
  • Maintaining high fitness levels

Find out more about the expectations of the role here.




18 years or over at the date of commencing training. There is no upper age limit.


UK eligibility to work.

Criminal Convictions

Will not necessarily prevent you from working for us, it will depend on the type/relevance of offence.


No height or weight restrictions but higher-than-average levels of strength, endurance and aerobic fitness essential.


No formal educational qualifications are required in order to apply. If you are eligible to apply you will be invited to complete an online Behavioural Styles questionnaire. You may be invited to undertake further online tests.

Driving License

You must hold a full UK driving license at the time of applying.


You may apply if you have a tattoo(s), however if you have visible tattoos on your hands and neck and these are deemed offensive then you will not be able to proceed with any application you make.



If you meet our criteria, and are still interested, you must complete our online testing. This is an initial assessment of your potential using specifically designed questions.

On-line testing will open shortly and a link to commence this process will be on the home page. Please read the instructions carefully and be aware of the specific dates associated with on-line testing.

Here are example tests for the numerical, verbal and mechanical reasoning tests for you practice on.

Numerical reasoning test

Verbal reasoning test




If you are successful following the completion of online testing you will be invited to 1 days physical testing which is held at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Birkenshaw.


Physical testing will comprise of:

  • Aerobic Test
  • Strength Tests

You must pass each test to move onto the next test, testing takes 1 day.

Testing will consist of:

  • Bleep Test (to achieve level 8.8)
  • Ladder Carry (Heel bar carry)
  • Vertigo Test
  • Ladder Lift / Lower Simulation
  •  Fireground Fitness Test


Take a look at the Fireground Fitness Test here.




If you pass the physical tests at Step 4 you will progress to the assessment centre and interview stage (the date and time of which will be advised later).



You will be asked to:

  • Complete a health questionnaire for the Occupational Health Unit
  • Provide a signed GP consent form ­(giving permission for your GP to release your medical information in confidence)
  • Participate in drug and alcohol screening
  • Attend an Occupational Health Check at our Headquarters
  • Attend a Medical Examination & review – the Authority Medical Advisor (AMA) may refer you for further tests or seek specialist consultant advice, if necessary.
  • If you think your eyesight may be an issue then please click here for our Eyesight Requirements
  • If you are in any doubt about whether your eyesight will meet the standard we require, print off the eyesight standards document and see your optician

    Checks and references

As a Government Agency, we must check the information you provided in your application. This includes:

  • Subject to Disclosure Scotland Check
  • Online check of your driving licence
  • You must provide details of qualifications, evidence of identity, references covering a minimum of three years’ work/academic history and five years’ address history


Should these prove satisfactory, you will be offered a post as a firefighter.

Your Next Step

Being a firefighter involves making a commitment. The training and dedication
to the role is demanding, but the role provides real rewards.

Join our professional team and make a difference in the West Yorkshire community today. We’ll help you uncover strengths you didn’t even know you had and you’ll soon start noticing the benefits.

See the various stages of the recruitment and selection process here.



If you have any questions, there are a few ways you can contact us

Wholetime Recruitment is closed for the foreseeable future. This will be reviewed again in Autumn 2019 at the earliest.