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The application process

The application process

Your application

  

We have received a high volume of interest in becoming an on-call firefighter. In order to consider all of the requests we have received so far we have suspended our register of interest at this time.  Please check this site as we will re-open this as soon as possible.

When the register of interest re-opens, you will need to ensure that you have considered anything from the "Other Information Needed" page - this information will be asked for on your Register of Interest from. 

You will then receive an email confirming receipt of your register of interest. One of the Officers from the Operational Group Management Team (each fire station sits within a specific operational group) will contact you directly and arrange to meet with you, this may take  few weeks to arrange. This meeting is normally held at the station you have applied to join.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the three essential business requirements that you  must be able to meet in order for your application to progress.  The three areas are:

        
  • Response criteria (where will you be responding from? - does this meet our operational response criteria?)
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  • Hours of availability (do the hours that you can offer meet the needs of the business in that operational area?)
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  • Main job - any conflicts of interest (shifts, driving, employers permission etc)

It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions and for us to explain the job in more detail.  Based on the criteria, the officer will forward his recommendation to the Human Resources Team.

The Human Resources Team will contact you by email and invite you to undertake a selection test day.  There are pre-set selection tests days and you will be invited to attend of one of these sessions; we cannot guarantee which session you will be asked to undertake as we reserve the right to prioritise applicants in accordance with operation requirements.  However you will be given plenty of notice of which day you are being asked to confirm your attendance on.

You will be required to undertake a literacy, comprehension and numerical assessment as below.

Literacy and comprehension assessment

Both literacy and numeracy are considered 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.

If you are successful in your initial application you will be required to undertake three KFRS facilitated assessments.  These tests will assess applicant's reading comprehension, understanding technical information and numeracy.  These types of tests are available online.

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.

Applicants will be provided with practice papers and further information upon invitation to this stage of the selection.

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.

NB fitness test has ceased, its just role related.

If you are invited to attend the assessment day involving the physical and fitness tests, you will be asked to complete this indemnity form and return to HR@kent.fire-uk.org

 

Interview

If you pass the initial selection tests and role related tests, you will be invited to an interview, this may be held on the same day. The purpose of the interview is for you to give us real examples of your experience.  Please take time to read the behaviours as these are used to help us assess if you have the potential to become a firefighter.  

 

 

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

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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