Role Related Tests
Candidates must perform all the tests whilst wearing Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), provided on the day. For each test, full instructions will be provided.
Ladder Climb – designed to assess confidence at heights
Wearing a safety harness you are required ascend two thirds of the way up a 13.5 metre ladder and take a leg-lock. You will be asked to lean backwards and outstretch your arms to the sides, then confirm a symbol being shown by the assessor at ground level.
Casualty Evacuation – designed to assess upper and lower body strength and coordination
Candidates drag a 55kg dummy backwards around a 30M course, by a carrying handle fixed to the dummy.
Ladder Lift – designed to assess upper and lower body strength and coordination
Candidates raise the bar of a ladder lift simulator to the required height with 15kg of weight placed on the simulator cradle, which gives a total lift load of 24kg.
Enclosed Space – designed to assess confidence, agility and stamina
Candidates put on a facemask and with un-obscured vision make their way through a crawl and walkway. Once inside the crawl/walkway they have their vision obscured and return to the start.
Equipment Assembly – designed to assess manual dexterity
Candidates are given a demonstration of the test before having to assemble and disassemble a number of components to make an item of equipment.
Equipment Carry –designed to assess upper and lower body strength and coordination
Candidates carry items of equipment up and down a course between two cones placed 25m apart. They are given a brief, a demonstration of correct lifting techniques and are permitted to practice picking up the correct items.
Firefit Steering Group - Preparatory Fitness Programme Guidance
Additional information is available on the Firefit Steering Group website.