This page provides information about employment within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
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The following information is designed to give you an indication of the recruitment process, what to expect and what will be required of you. Please read the wholetime firefighter candidate information pack for more detailed information on the recruitment process.
In summary, here are a list of key dates for the current recruitment process:
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Stage 1 – Registration and online tests
During the registration period, candidates will need to apply and complete a pre-qualification questionnaire. This allows better understanding on whether it is the right career choice for you.
You will be asked to complete a series of online assessments which include:
You will receive a pass or fail after each round of tests. Please note that there is no right to appeal your test results. Candidates who successfully pass all three ability tests will be invited via email to attend a one day practical assessment.
Stage 2 – Role related tests
Applicants will attend the role related (physical) tests which are held at a training facility. You will be sent a link to book your assessment at a location and time suitable to you.
The role of a firefighter is physically demanding, and it is important for us to assess your ability to handle the situations and challenges you will face. We do this through a series of physical and practical tests.
These consist of:
If you have any further questions or require more information, please refer to our visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Stage 5 – Pre-employment checks
We now need to check your references and carry out an enhanced check under the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau). This process can take some time but don’t worry, we will get in touch as soon as we have everything back.
Once we have references and received confirmation of a satisfactory enhanced check we will be in a position to offer you the post of a firefighter.
If you have any further questions or require more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Further information on the selection process
The selection process is centred around the National Fire Service Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs). These include:
How we will use your data
Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) any data collected in the course of any recruitment campaigns will be used by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and / or our recruitment partners for quality assurance purposes pertaining to the individual campaign. Following the conclusion of each campaign, your data will be securely disposed of and you will need to re-register for any other campaign that you wish to apply for.
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