Stages & Key Dates

To become a Firefighter you will have to undertake a series of tests designed to assess your suitability for the role.

The first stages are designed to make an initial assessment of your potential to work as a firefighter using a range of specifically designed questions which examine the qualities and basic knowledge you need for the role. Firefighter recruitment is always a competitive process, with an extremely high number of applicants competing for a small number of roles, so we can only take the highest performing individuals at each part of the selection process on to the next stage.

Stage 1   |  Candidate registration, realistic job preview & eligibility tests

Thursday 8 March –  Monday 26 March 2018


The first element of the online process is to register some basic personal details about yourself before you progress to the realistic job preview.

The realistic job preview is a questionnaire, which presents you with information about the various demands and challenges you may be faced with as a firefighter. The realistic job preview will give you a score based on your response to these questions that indicates how likely you would be suited to the role of firefighter. After completing the realistic job preview you will be asked if you wish to proceed to complete the eligibility questions.

After the eligibility questions have been completed the responses from candidates will be checked and those eligible to continue the process will be sent a link to complete the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire.

Stage 2  |  Behavioural Styles Questionnaire

Tuesday 10 April – Monday 16 April 2018


The Behavioural Styles Questionnaire explores your preferred behaviours in a working environment. This test is not timed.

Candidates that pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire will be invited to proceed to complete the Situational Judgement Test.

Please see information for completing Behavioural Style Questionnaire here including example question.

Stage 3  |  Situational Judgement Test

Tuesday 24 April – Monday 30 April 2018


The Situational Judgement Test measures your judgement and decision making skill in situations you may typically face in the fire and rescue service. This test is not timed.

Candidates that pass the Situational Judgement Test will be invited to proceed to complete the Ability Tests.

Please see information for completing Situational Judgement Test here including example questions.

Stage 4  |  Ability Tests (Numerical and Verbal Reasoning)

Tuesday 8 May – Monday 14 May 2018


Each ability test will be timed per question. All questions will have a list of potential answers to choose from, one of which will be the correct answer. The length of each test is between 15-20 minutes long.

Please find below links to practice tests:

Numerical reasoning test  |  Example

Verbal reasoning test  |  Example

Stage 5  |  Practical Physical Selection Testing

Monday 4 June – Friday 22 June 2018

Check out our Physical Fitness Guide here in preparation to the testing.


Stage 6  |  Assessment Centre & Interviews

Monday 2 July – Tuesday 17 July 2018 (Assessment Centre – includes revalidation of both Ability Tests)

Wednesday 18 July – Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Interviews)


Stage 7  |  Medical & HR Checks

Tuesday 14 August 2018 onwards


Baseline Security checks, References, Disclosure Scotland check and Driving License check.  Uniform and kit issued.

Stage 8  |  Recruits commence 15 week training course

First cohort begins Monday 7 January 2019

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.