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The application process

The application process

Your application

To apply to become an on-call firefighter please click and complete the online application form for your desired station below:

You may have already visited your local station, if you haven't visited the station yet please still complete the application and someone from the station will contact you. We would encourage you to visit the station your are applying for.

If you are successful in your initial application and your application is being progressed you will be required to undertake an on line literacy assessment. You will be sent the link and information regarding this assessment by the HR Operations team.

Literacy Assessment

Literacy is considered an essential skills for operational staff. The requirement to maintain technical knowledge through reading and understanding of technical bulletins and training manuals is essential in maintaining operational competency. This enables them to maintain their competency and ultimately to be able to work safely in a dangerous environment.

The tests will assess applicant's reading comprehension, understanding technical information. 

We no longer require evidence of formal qualification, professional qualifications and/or literacy certification. The assessments standard is equivalent to a Grade C GCSE equivalent.

If you are unsuccessful in attaining the pass level required we will not accept your application for a further 12 months, as we advise that you take the time to develop your literacy and comprehension skills before re-applying.

Physical tests

You will also be required to undertake Physical Role Related Tests to test your strength, fitness and manual dexterity as well as your level of confidence. if you fail one or more elements of the role related tests you will be offered the opportunity to re-take, no sooner than 8-12 weeks after the initial assessment. If you fail this on your third attempt we will withdraw your application at this time and ask that you re-apply after 12 months.

If you fail the fitness test only; you will afforded the opportunity to re-take this locally, normally at your local fire station. You will be given a further two opportunities to undertake this at the station, but if you fail the second attempt we will withdraw your application at this time and ask that your re-apply after 12 months. 

See a short film on what the tests involve and get more information

Interview

If you pass the initial selection tests and role related tests, you will be invited to an interview, this will be held either at the station you have applied to join or within one of our local Group offices. The purpose of the interview is for you to give us real examples of your experience, provide the opportunity for you to provide your strengths and demonstrate the potential you have to become an on call firefighter.   

If you are unsuccessful from interview, we will withdraw your application and only accept further applications after 12 months.ask that you  

Medical

Once you are through that stage we will need you to undertake a medical. The medical carried out by the Fire and Rescue Service medical adviser to assess your general level of health, including weight, blood pressure and lung function. Candidates will also have a hearing test, an eyesight test.

A report may also be required from a hospital where you have received treatment or an independent specialist if the service medical adviser requires it. Your consent is required to access these records and it is a condition that, for your progression through the selection process, this consent is given as requested.

Agreeing on-call hours

We will have advertised the times that we need you at a particular station. This is known as on call availability. As part of the process we will also discuss with you in more detail what availability you have to be on-call for us.  The times you can offer are as important as the hours, and will need to match our requirements. 

Equalities and fairness

Kent Fire and Rescue Service have an equalities and fairness policy which governs our recruitment processes.

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