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Physical ('practical') tests

Physical Tests

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the physical assessments will be provided.  To ensure enough clothing is available in the right sizes, you will be asked to provide information prior to attending the assessment centre. You will however be required to bring with you jogging bottoms, a t-shirt and a pair of thin and thick socks to wear beneath the firefighting clothing.

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Safety and giving you every opportunity to give your best is an essential part of the assessment process. You will be required to undertake 10 minutes of warming up, in PPE, prior to commencing the tests.

Ladder Climb

This test is designed to assess confidence at heights.

In full PPE, applicants, wearing a harness, will ascend two-thirds of the way up a ladder (indicated by a mark on the ladder) and take a leg-lock. They will be asked to lean backwards and outstretch their arms to the sides and then, whilst looking over their shoulder, they will be asked to say out loud what symbol is being shown by the assessor on the ground floor.

Casualty Evacuation

This is a test designed to assess upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.

Applicants wearing, full PPE, will drag a 55 kg dummy backwards, using a carrying handle fixed to the dummy, around a 30m course.

Ladder Lift

This is a test designed to assess upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.

Applicants wearing full PPE are to raise the bar of a ladder lift simulator to the required height with 15 kg of weight placed on the simulator cradle, which gives a total lift load of 24kg.

Enclosed Space

This is a test designed to assess confidence, agility and stamina.

Applicants, in full PPE, will put on a facemask and with un-obscured vision make their way through a crawl and walkway. Once inside the crawl/walkway vision is obscured and they will be required to return to the start.

Applicants will be prevented from watching others undertaking the test as this may give them an advantage.

Equipment Assembly

This is a test designed to assess manual dexterity.

Applicants will be given a demonstration of the test before having to assemble components of fire service equipment.

Applicants will be prevented from watching others undertaking the test as this may give them an advantage.

Equipment Carry

This is a test designed to assess upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.

Applicants are to carry items of equipment up and down a course between two cones placed 25m apart.

Applicants will be prevented from watching others undertaking the test as this may give them an advantage.

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