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Wholetime firefighter recruitment

Closing date: 14/07/2019
Salary: £

Job description:

For the first time in 10 years we’re recruiting brand new Wholetime firefighters into the Service.

From 10th-30th June we’ll be running an awareness campaign, before the recruitment application window opens on the 1st July 2019.

Below you'll find information about the awareness campaign and the application process.

The application pack will be available on this page from the 1st July 2019.

The role of a modern day firefighter is very varied, it’s much more than just attending emergency incidents. It’s also about educating communities about safety, engaging with people, and delivering activities and events. We need people who are caring, compassionate and creative, who enjoy working as part of a team and who want to make a truly positive difference to people.

Such a varied role, needs a varied workforce and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We need to improve our diversity to reflect our diverse communities, so we are particularly interested in groups who are under-represented within the Service currently. It is important to emphasise that all applicants must go through the same recruitment process and achieve the same standards in the assessments in order to become a wholetime firefighter.

Awareness Campaign 10th June-30th June

We are holding a number of awareness events for people who may be interested in applying. Details of these are below. Some of these are open to all, and some are specifically to support and raise awareness of the role of a firefighter in under-represented groups.

The contents of each session are the same so you only need to attend one (if you wish to do so) and all applicants will go through the same recruitment process.

Please note the awareness events are optional, you do not have to attend one in order to apply when the recruitment window opens on the 1st July.

If you want to attend an awareness session please book a place via the links in the table below. 

As part of the sessions there will be an option to have a go at some of the physical testing that makes up part of the recruitment process. If you would like to have a go at the physical testing you will need to complete this form once you have booked your place (using the links in the table below) Pre Health Questionnaire Form 

 Date Location Time Open to Booking Link
Friday 14th June 

York fire station,Kent Street, Y010 4AH

9am-12noon Open to all link
Saturday 15th June

Training Centre, Oaklands Way,Easingwold, YO61 3FA

10:30am-1pm Open to all link
Sunday 23rd June

Harrogate fire station, Skipton Road,Harrogate HG1 4LE

2pm-5pm Open to all link
Monday 24th June

York fire station, Kent Street,YO10 4AH

6pm-8:30pm Female only link
Tuesday 25th June

Scarborough fire station, North Marine Road, Scarborough YO12 7EY

6pm-8:30pm Female only link
Wednesday 26th June

Harrogate fire station, Skipton Road, Harrogate, HG1 4LE

10:30am-1pm Female only link
Friday 28th June

Training Centre, Oaklands Way, Easingwold, YO61 3FA

5:30pm-8pm Female only link
Saturday 29th June

Malton fire station, Sheepfoot Hill, Malton, YO17 7DX

10:30am-1pm Female only link
Sunday 30th June

Scarborough fire station, North Marine Road, Scarborough YO12 7EY

10:30am- 1pm Open to all link

Spaces are limited so if you are interested in attending we encourage you to book a space as soon as possible. Don’t worry if you cannot attend a date as you can contact a member of the recruitment team if you have any questions on .

Recruitment Process

The following information is designed to give you an indication of the recruitment process for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, what to expect and what is required of you. The recruitment process is a staged process and should you be successful you will be assessed over the period of 6 months.

You can download a document that sets out the key dates for the process here.

Wholetime firefighters from other Services will be able to apply when the recruitment window opens.  There is no separate process and they will be required to go through each stage of the recruitment and selection process as per any other applicant.  Should they be successful, there will be a skills gap analysis to determine training course requirements.

There will be no postcode restrictions for applicants.

Please note that the training course at the end of the process will be split between our Training Centre based in Easingwold North Yorkshire and the Fire Service College which is Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.

Stage one 1st July - 14th July Candidate registration, realistic job preview and eligibility tests 

The online registration process will open on 1st July you should allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the below three elements.

Within the online registration process you will be required to complete:

  • Candidate Registration, where you register your details
  • Realistic Job Preview, here you are presented with 11 scenarios
  • Eligibility Screen, here you must answer basic questions to see whether you are eligible to apply.  

The first element of the online process is to register some basic personal details about yourself before you progress to the realistic job preview.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to have your National Insurance number available to be able to register as well as your correct e-mail address.  It is important you check that you input your correct e-mail address, as the system will communicate with you using the e-mail address that you provide during the registration.  If you provide an incorrect e-mail address, the system will be unable to provide you with relevant information regarding your application.  If you do not complete the Online Registration, you will not be able to access the subsequent elements and progress within the recruitment process. You will only be able to register with us once during this recruitment campaign so please ensure the details you give are correct as you will be unable to amend them after they have been submitted and your application would be terminated at this point. If you have been invited to complete any of the below assessments, it must be done within the deadline given, or your application will not be considered any further.

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.

Candidates will receive eligibility outcome confirmation immediately. Candidates who are eligible will not receive a link to stage 2 of the process until the 15th of July.

Once you have completed the online registration and eligibility screen, you will receive an e-mail from our online system advising you of how you can log back into the system when you are invited to complete the online assessments. Please check your inbox and Junk Mail box for emails from Apollo Online Assessment.

Stage 2- Behavioural Styles Questionnaire 15th July- 21st July (online assessment) 

The next stage of the process is the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) and should you be eligible with your application, you will be invited to complete this during week commencing the 15th July. Please note the deadline to complete this assessment will be the 21st July.  If you are unable to complete this assessment within this time period, we will not be able to consider your application any further. This assessment is not timed, you should allow approximately 15-20 minutes to complete this in a quiet location.  This assessment explores your preferred behaviours in a working environment. No revision or additional study is required for this element.

Candidates that pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire will be invited to proceed to complete the Situational Judgement Test from the 22nd July.

Stage 3- Situational Judgement Test week commencing 22nd July

Should you successfully pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) you will be invited to complete the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) during week commencing the 22nd July. The deadline to complete this online assessment will be the 28th July. If you are unable to complete this assessment within this time period, we will not be able to consider your application any further. This assessment is not timed. You should allow approximately 30 minutes to complete this assessment in a quiet location. The Situational Judgement Test measures your judgement and decision making skills in situations that are typical in the Fire and Rescue Service. No knowledge or experience as a Firefighter is required to complete this test and no prior revision is needed.

Stage 4- Ability Tests between 29th July and 11th August

If you meet the requirements of the above online assessments, you will be invited to complete the Ability Tests between the dates of 29th of July to the 11th of August. The deadline for this assessment is the 11th of August. These assessments are timed and it is advised you complete them in a quiet location. This stage involves completing a series of tests which are detailed below:

Numerical Reasoning

This test measures your ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate numerical information.  You will be presented with graphs, charts and numerical details and required to make calculations on the information presented. There are 18 questions within this assessment are you will have 18 minutes to complete this.

Mechanical Reasoning

This test measures your ability to apply general mechanical principles that supports practical problem solving.  You will be presented with a series of diagrams and asked to answer questions to demonstrate your understanding of the mechanical principles applicable. There are 20 questions within this assessment and it has a maximum time limit of 17 minutes.

Verbal Reasoning

This test measures your ability to understand and interpret written information. You will be presented with a passage of text and asked to answer questions to demonstrate your ability to interpret and analyse verbal information. There are 20 questions and you will have a maximum time limit of 15 minutes.

If you are successful at the Ability Tests then you will be required to attend the physical testing stage of the process.

Practice/Example versions of these tests

You can find some practice versions of these tests on the links below:





Stage 5 Physical Testing week commencing 12th August

Successful candidates will be invited to complete the physical testing stage from week commencing the 12th of August. Check out our Physical Testing Guide document here in preparation for the testing.

Stage 6 Interviews week commencing 9th September

Candidates successful at the physical testing stage will be invited to interview from week commencing the 9th September.

Stage 7 Medicals and HR Checks week commencing 14th October

Candidates successful at interview will be invited to stage 7 which is the completion of medicals and HR checks.

These will be completed from week commencing the 14th of October.

Stage 8 Training Course from 9th January 2020 (12 week programme)

Training will commence from the 9th January 2020. The 12 week programme will be split and trainees will complete time at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre in Easingwold.

More information on the training course will be provided to candidates through the process. Questions on this stage of the process can also be emailed to the HR team on


If you have any questions about any stages of the recruitment process at the start or throughout the process please do not hesitate to contact the HR team on 

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