Wholetime Firefighters Recruitment

Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service are now recruiting Wholetime Firefighters. Application's are open from 26 April to 16 May.

Application's are open from 26 April to 16 May. This is an exciting opportunity for skilled personnel to join #TeamNorthumberland and take an important role in keeping our residents safe and well.

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Our values are important to us, if you have a connection to these, you should consider applying by clicking here.
  • Residents first - 'Here for you'.
  • Excellence and quality - 'Listening and learning to improve your service'.
  • Respect - 'You are valued'.
  • Keeping our communities safe - 'Your safety is at the heart of what we do'.
  • We support a culture which values everyone:
  • I will be professional and provide leadership by example
  • I will be open to challenge and change
  • I will be fair, honest, transparent and act with integrity
  • I will communicate openly and demonstrate empathy to all
Our residents value the services we offer and need to feel confident in our highly skilled teams, who reduce risk as well as respond to emergency situations.

Our teams continually evolve and improve how we operate whilst maintaining the highest standards for our communities.

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Important information

A Firefighter Candidate Pack can be downloaded be clicking here, this provides details of each stage of the recruitment and selection processes for the role of Wholetime Firefighter. It is important that you are aware of how you will be assessed and what to expect at each stage.

A copy of the job description and person specification is also available to download by clicking hereApplicant Guidance Notes can be downloaded by clicking here.

  • Application Dates: 26 April – 16 May 2021
  • Situational Judgement Tests: 22 – 30 May 2021
  • Ability Tests (online): 5 June – 13 June 2021
  • Role Related Tests: 28 June – 7 July 2021
  • Interview: 12 July – 25 July 2021
  • Occupational Health Medical and Fitness Test: 2 August – 6 August 2021
  • Trainee Course Commences: 4 October 2021
If you have any queries prior to entering into the recruitment process, please refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) at the back of the Firefighter Candidate Pack in the first instance. If you still have an outstanding query, email Fire.Recruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

These tests are designed to assess your level of fitness, strength and manual dexterity as well as your level of confidence in simulated exercises. 

The ladder climb

This tests your confidence when working at height. While not physically demanding, this test can be challenging.


The equipment assembly test

This tests your manual dexterity and ability to follow instruction.  


Ladder lift

The ladder lift test simulates the individual physical demands of lifting and lowering the head of a 13.5 meter ladder back on top of a fire appliance. A total load of approximately 30kg, lifted to a height of 1.90m, is required to successfully complete this test.


Equipment carry test

The equipment carry test is essentially a shuttle test that will test your levels of aerobic endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. It is designed to replicate some of the physical demands involved in setting up a water relay station to supply water to a grassland fire. The test is performed back and forth along a 25 meter shuttle whilst wearing full firefighter personal protective equipment.


Confined Space/BA test

This tests your ability to cope with dark and confined spaces and has only low to moderate physical demands, although good levels of flexibility and body awareness will be an advantage. Full instruction is given on the day and you will be provided with fire service protective clothing to wear. During the day, you will have your uniform/ PPE measurements taken, for the purposes of ordering kit later. These tests will be conducted at SHQ. Full instruction is given on the day.


Casulty evaculation





Bleep test



Excersies you can do that will help prepare you