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Apply to be a firefighter

Requirements for the job

You can only apply to be an on call firefighter during a recruitment period.

Before you can apply to be an on call firefighter, you need to meet certain entry requirements. You must:

  • be at least 18 on your first day of service
  • be able to respond from work or home to your assigned fire station within 15 minutes (or within eight minutes if you live by the Western Fire Station)
  • have permission from your employer if you'll be responding from work
  • be educated to GCSE level or equivalent
  • have residential housing qualifications or have lived in Jersey for the last five years
  • hold a full, clean driving licence
  • be healthy and fit (including dentally)
  • be able to swim 100 metres
  • have good sight and colour perception in both eyes
  • not need contact lenses or glasses
  • be available to train on Tuesday evening (for Town on call) or Wednesday evening (for Western on call)

How to apply

To view current vacancies and apply online, visit our Jobs in Jersey section.

All successful applicants will need to complete selection assessments and foundation training.

Once you've applied, you need to go through a recruitment process. The selection process includes:

  • a criminal record check
  • an interview
  • physical and fitness tests
  • written tests

Assessments and training for full-time and on call firefighters

All applicants must be available for the following dates.

Selection assessments

​Date​Assessment
​Tuesday 30 or Wednesday 31 October 2018​Psychometric testing (2 hours)
Saturday ​17 or Sunday 18 November 2018​Practical testing (6 hours)
​From Monday 17 December 2018

​Interviews

Initial foundation training for on call firefighters

​Week​Date​Time
​Week oneMonday 4 February 2019 to Friday 8 February 2019​9am to 5pm
​Week two​Monday 11 February 2019 to Friday 15 February 2019​9am to 5pm

Physical tests

The National Firefighter Physical Tests form part of the selection process. If you're successful in your application, you'll need to take these tests to assess your level of fitness, strength and skills as well as your confidence in simulated exercises.

You'll be required to complete the following physical tests:

  • bleep test
  • ladder climb
  • casualty evacuation
  • ladder lift / lower simulation
  • enclosed spaces
  • equipment assembly
  • equipment carry

The bleep test is a series of shuttle runs between two points, 20 metres apart, keeping in time with a series of bleeps. A new level starts every minute and the timings of the signals get faster.

The bleep test is in addition to the six National Firefighter Physical Tests. More detail for each test can be found on the UK Fire Service website.

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