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

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

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

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

Stage 3  |  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 4  |  Practical Physical Selection Testing

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


Stage 5  |  Assessment Centre & Interviews


Stage 6  |  Medical & HR Checks

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

Stage 7  |  Recruits commence 15 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