Practical Selection Tests

The Practical Selection Tests (PSTs) are designed to assess whether candidates have the ability to carry out the more physical and practical aspects of the role.

The Practical Selection Tests (PSTs) are designed to assess whether candidates have the ability to carry out the more physical and practical aspects of the role.

All tests require to be completed in specific preset times.

The tests used are as follows:

  • Ladder climb
  • Ladder extension
  • Ladder Extend to Lower 
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Working in enclosed spaces
  • Equipment assembly
  • Equipment carry
  • Hose running

Ladder Climb

The ladder climb is a test of confidence whilst working at height.

An Instructor will first demonstrate the test.   With the guidance of an instructor, you are required to demonstrate a correct 'leg lock' at ground level before ascending a fully extended 13.5m ladder, extended to the third floor of the drill tower to two thirds of its height and demonstrate a “leg lock”. You will then be asked to lean back with your arms outstretched to the side and look down to the Assessor to identify and call out a symbol that they will hold up. You will then descend in the correct manner demonstrated. During this test you will be wearing full fire kit Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a harness.

Ladder Extend to Lower

 

This test comprises an apparatus which simulates a standard aluminum 10.5 Fire Service Ladder and assesses physical ability and upper body strength.

Wearing full PPE, you will be required to extend the ladder using the extending line until it is at full extension

You will then be required to house (lower) the ladder in a controlled manner. Extending and lowering the ladder in this manner equates to controlling the weight of approximately 26kg.

This test comprises an apparatus which simulates a standard aluminum 13.5m Fire Service Ladder and assesses physical ability and upper body strength. 

Wearing full PPE, you will be required to extend the ladder using the extending line until the ladder pawls (the ladder locking mechanism) are released and lower the ladder in a controlled manner. 

Extending and lowering the ladder in this manner equates to controlling the weight of approximately 42kg.

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Casualty Evacuation

This is a test of lower and upper body strength. 

Candidates wearing full PPE are required to move a 55 kg casualty a set distance, around cones and back to the start point. 

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Working in Enclosed Spaces 

 

This is a test of confidence, agility and possible claustrophobia whilst working in an enclosed space.

Candidates wearing full PPE and an obscured facemask will be required to negotiate a measured crawl-way within a set time. The crawl-way is a series of tunnels.

Candidates are required to feel with their hands to the left, right, above and below to find the route. There are also obstacles to negotiate along the way.

Candidates will work as part of a team and will also be assessed on their communication and teamworking skills.  This will include information recall and translating verbal instructions into written format.

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 Equipment Assembly

This is a test of manual dexterity.

Candidates will be required to assemble and disassemble a ram unit wearing full PPE. The pieces will be laid out in the correct along with photographs to assist candidates.

Once the unit has been assembled completely and correctly, the Assessor will give the signal to disassemble the unit in reverse order, returning each part back to the correct position. 

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Equipment Carry

This is a test of aerobic fitness, muscular strength and stamina.

Candidates wearing full PPE will be required to:

Pick up the hose reel from an appliance and run with it for one length (25 metres) to the cone, then jog back (25 metres) to the start.

Pick up two coiled 70mm red hose by the handles and carry them up and down the course for four lengths (100 metres), then place one back at the start. Weight of each hose is 13.5kg

With the remaining coiled 70mm red hose, pick it up by the centre lugs and carry at chest height down to the cone 25 metres away. Place it down and then jog three lengths (75 metres) to return to the start.  Weight of hose is 13.5kg

Pick up and carry the 2.4 metre suction hose (hard hose) and basket strainer for four lengths (100 metres), then place them back down and jog four lengths (100 metres) of the course. Weight of hose is 11kg | Weight of basket strainer is 3kg

Finally candidates will pick up and carry the powerbag up and down the course four lengths (100 metres).  Weight: 27.5kg

 

Hose running

 

Candidates wearing full PPE will be required to:

Roll out and carry four standard lengths of 70mm red hose and carry over a distance of 25m. The marker cones laid out on the drill ground /activity area sets out the 25m distance.

Before commencing of the task, the assessor will demonstrate the correct method of rolling out and carrying the hose. Before commencement of the task, candidates will be afforded the opportunity to practice the method of rolling out one length of hose. Weight of each hose is 13.5kg.

This task simulates a water supply being established from a fire hydrant to a fire appliance a 100m away.

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