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.

Please note: We are now recruiting on a more regular basis and anticipate that this will be every 3-4 months.  Therefore, re-submit your interest if you are unsuccessful.

Stage 1   |  Awareness session/application form

The first element of the process is to register your interest online.  Following on from this, the recruitment team will be in touch to invite you to an awareness session.  These sessions will have limited spaces available. Candidates will be sent a link to request a session, allocations will be made on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have attended an awareness session, you will be invited to complete an online application form and eligibility questions.  Applications will be scored and successful candidates will be sent a link to proceed to the ability tests.

Please note: We are now recruiting on a more regular basis and anticipate that this will be every 3-4 months.  Please do not be disheartened if you do not secure a place first time.

Stage 2  |  Ability Tests (Numerical and Verbal Reasoning)

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 3  |  Practical Physical Selection Testing

Watch the physical tests and sample exercises in preparation to the testing.


Stage 4  |  Assessment Centre & Interviews


Stage 5  |  Medical & HR Checks

Baseline Security checks, References, Basic Disclosure and Barring Service check and Driving License check.  Uniform and kit issued.

Stage 6 |  Recruits commence 14 week training course


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

Register your interest in becoming a West Yorkshire firefighter