If you meet our key requirements (see above: who can apply?) we'll invite you to an engagement session at a fire station. You can:
- find out about the recruitment process, requirements and training
- take part in a fitness session
- ask our firefighters questions.
This is the first assessment stage. All assessments take place at the Joint Emergency Services Academy in Stevenage.
You'll get an overview of the recruitment process, requirements and training, followed by 3 pass-or-fail assessments:
Please bring your driving licence and GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English certificates.
You will have 8 pass-or-fail assessments:
- 7 tests of your fitness, dexterity and equipment handling.
- If you pass the physical tests, you'll have a 30 minute interview. We'll send you details of how to prepare in advance.
You will have a 30 minute fitting appointment for your free uniform and equipment, in Hertford.
You'll have a medical appointment with our occupational health department, which you must pass. You'll need to complete some medical questionnaires and an optician's report before the appointment.
Please bring photo ID and documents on any medical conditions (such as letters from a GP or specialist).
The medical is in 3 stages:
- medical tests with the occupational health adviser
- a doctor's examination and DVLA paperwork
- a fitness test with the service fitness adviser.
We'll check the following:
- drugs test - we'll take a urine sample.
- height and weight
- blood pressure and pulse
- your lungs
- your hearing and eyesight (if required)
- palpation of the abdomen
- your reflexes.
No medical information is released to the service - we're just advised on whether you're fit enough for us to employ you. Your information will be held confidentially in the medical department and used as a baseline for your medicals, every 3 years.
Call our occupational health department on 01438 847316 if you have any concerns or questions.
A full day at the Joint Emergency Services Academy in Stevenage, 2-3 weeks before your training course. You will:
- meet instructors and support staff
- get an overview of the course and the commitment required
- get your uniform, equipment and resources.
We plan to run 2 or 3 training courses in 2020. The first is due to start on 6 January 2020. We'll publish details of future courses soon.
Training programme (PDF 320kb)