Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Written Test Preparation


Servicing close to one million people, there are approximately 900 workers including wholetime and on-call firefighters working for the Derbyshire fire and rescue service. There are 31 fire stations as well as other centres and offices managed by the Derbyshire fire and rescue service.

Like other fire and rescue services, there is no fixed time for Derbyshire fire service recruitment. They recruit only when they need to and this may happen only every couple of years. There are more opportunities if you want to be a part time firefighter, known as on-call or retained firefighters. Competition for all these spaces is high, so it is worthwhile to be fully prepared and ready to grab your chance when the opportunity arises.


Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Recruitment

The Derbyshire fire and rescue service recruitment process has a few different tests, so give yourself the best chance of success by ensuring you are fully prepared. The stages are as follows:

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JobTestPrep has earned a reputation of providing high-quality practice materials for psychometric and aptitude testing across many fields. We offer firefighter written test practice packs to give you the best chance of success. We look forward to helping you out with your application for Derbyshire fire service jobs.


Application Form

You have to complete a detailed application form for Derbyshire fire service jobs. This includes sections on your relevant experience, possible criminal record, references, and other information. As well as these customary sections, you are also asked to complete a number of competency questions that are based on the firefighter Personal Qualities and Attributes, the PQAs, to present your skills in the best possible light.

Firefighter Written Tests

After you have successfully completed the application form you are invited to sit the firefighter written tests. These are a series of four tests that take around four hours to complete. The tests are:

  • Understanding Information - Here you will be assessed on your ability to read information and use it to answer questions.
  • Working with Numbers - This test assesses your ability to make numerical calculations and come up with solutions quickly without using a calculator.
  • Situational Awareness and Problem Solving - You are tested on your ability to think like a trained firefighter.
  • National Firefighter Questionnaire - This test assesses your fit with the firefighter PQAs.

All these firefighter tests assess your numeracy, literacy, situational awareness, problem solving, memory retention and recall ability skills, and are widely used across firefighting recruitment.

Job Related Firefighter Tests

These are a series of challenges to ensure that you have the physical capability to be a firefighter. There are seven tests in this section including a ladder climb, a test of your ability to work with equipment, an enclosed space exercise as well as others. All must be performed whilst wearing full firefighter uniform to ensure a proper representation of the real thing.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Job Interview

This is a panel interview and normally lasts one hour. You are asked competency questions based around the firefighter PQAs which are outlined below. It is advisable to answer the questions using the STAR method as this provides a real snapshot of your abilities. The firefighter PQAs are:

  • Aiming for excellence
  • Delivering our promises
  • Putting customers first
  • Promoting equality and diversity
  • Working together

As well as these, Derbyshire fire and rescue service want you to demonstrate the following values that they value highly. These are:

  • Our people: Fairness, respect, honesty and integrity in all aspects relating to the job.
  • Diversity in the Service and in the community: Promoting equal opportunities.
  • Service to the community: Providing solutions to ensure complete fairness.
  • Improvement of the Service: Accepting responsibility and learning from experiences.

We have a number of different services available to prepare you for your interview including a free pdf guide. However, the best way to prepare for this interview is to actually have one. JobTestPrep offers comprehensive service - full preparation for your Derbyshire fire service job interview.


You will have a complete medical going over everything from your eyesight to how well you perform on a treadmill.

Additional Checks

Disclosure Scotland Check: A background check to ensure you don’t have a criminal record therefore making your application unsuitable.

Reference Checks: You must provide two referees attesting to your suitability.

Pre Course Assessment Session: This is done after you have been accepted and is a series of tests to determine the level of training that you require. After this there is a 16 week training course before you become a firefighter.

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