Firefighters work within a highly skilled team to respond to an array of challenges, including fires, road traffic collisions and floods. They endure tasks which require them to operate heavy equipment whilst working for long periods of time in challenging conditions, this requires an optimum level of physical fitness in addition to mental focus and resilience.
Your health and/or physical fitness will be assessed during three different elements of the recruitment process. These are during the fitness assessment, practical selection tests and medical assessment.
We encourage you to read our Fitness Guide. This booklet provides information on the fitness assessment, medical and practical selection tests and provides guidance on how to prepare for these. Guidance on general fitness advice is also provided, which is an essential component of maintaining optimum physical fitness throughout a career as a firefighter.