Get ready and fit for duty

The role of a firefighter can be physically demanding and while this may seem a daunting prospect, especially if you don’t deem yourself as particularly fit, do not let this put you off pursuing this extremely rewarding career.

With a bit of commitment and effort, meeting the standards required is extremely achievable.

To get yourself fit for duty you can start to prepare now. Increase your fitness levels ready for the fitness assessment tests during the selection process.

You can download the following guide to prepare yourself right now.


Download Fit For Duty Fitness Guide


Ready and fit for duty?

Now that you know the key components of fitness that a firefighter must have, below is a summary of the physical requirements and films of each assessment which will be tested during the selection process.

Ladder Climb

This test assesses your confidence at height and the ability to follow instructions. You will be asked to ascend/climb a 13.5m service ladder to a point three quarters of the way up and lock your leg on the ladder. You will then be asked to lean backwards, arms outstretched and whilst looking over your shoulder identify a symbol being shown by the assessor at ground level. You will have the opportunity to practice at ground level before performing the exercise. During this exercise you will be wearing a safety harness and a fall arrest device.

Ladder Extension

This test is designed to assess your upper and lower body strength and co-ordination. The test requires you to fully extend the 9m ladder and then lower it back to its start position in a controlled manner. This is a timed test.

Ladder Lift

This is a test designed to assess upper and lower body strength and co-ordination. Applicants wearing full PPE are to raise the bar of a ladder lift simulator to the required height with 15 kg of weight placed on the simulator cradle, which gives a total of 24 kg. It should be emphasised that the weight of the ladder test equipment plus the addition of the 15kg weight and the position when undertaking the test means the total lift is closer to 30kg. Applicants are directed to perform an initial lift with 5 kg of weight on the cradle to ensure they are prepared for the test.

Ladder Extend to Lower

This test is designed to assess your upper and lower body strength and co-ordination. You will be required to unhook a fully extended 13.5m ladder and lower it under control to the housed position.

Casualty Evacuation

This test is designed to assess upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.   This test requires you to drag a dummy (55kg) backwards around a 30m course with four cones, whilst wearing a breathing apparatus set. The dummy will have a carrying handle fixed to it. This is a timed test.

Equipment Carry

This test is designed to assess aerobic fitness, stamina, upper and lower body strength and co-ordination.   You will carry items of equipment up and down a course between two cones which are 25m apart.  Demonstrations will be given of the correct lifting techniques. This is a timed test.

Equipment Assembly

This test assesses manual dexterity. For this test you will be given a demonstration by one of the test assessors of how to assemble and then disassemble a piece of equipment. You will then be required to carry out the same function with the use of pictures to help you through the exercise. This is a timed test.

Confined Space

In addition to the fire kit you will be required to wear a Breathing Apparatus set (approx. 15kg) An obscuration mask will be fitted to the BA mask which will obscure your vision, simulating a dark and smoky environment. You will be guided to the entrance to the crawl space to enter a confined space – making your way through a series of different levels/directions by feel and following instructions. You need to successfully negotiate your way through the space within a set time. However, just as important is the ability to listen and act on instructions.

This is designed to test your ability to cope with dark/confined spaces. While it only has low to moderate physical demands, good levels of flexibility and body awareness are an advantage.

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