Prepare for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Written Tests

Are you looking to start a career in the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service? Here we go through the recruitment process and point you in the direction of the preparation materials you need so you can tackle each challenge confidently.
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There are a number of different recruitment tests that you need to pass in order to take  your application through the entire process. Here we focus on the firefighter non-physical tests, often called the firefighter aptitude tests or the firefighter written tests. For full information on the other aspects of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue recruitment process see our firefighter preparation pages.

The application process includes the following steps:

Application Form

You have to complete a detailed application form for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. This includes sections on your relevant experience, any  criminal records, references, and other information. When completing the application form you must try to address the firefighter Personal Qualities and Attributes, or PQAs, to present your skills in the best possible light. 

Shuttle run/Bleep test

In this test you have to run between two points 20 metres apart within a timed period. You have to reach a level of 9.6 (approximately 10 minutes of running).

Competency Based Interview

This interview normally lasts one hour. You are asked questions on the firefighter PQAs which are outlined below. It is best to use the STAR method to answer questions as it can help you really give the best description of your skills with an example of when you have used them.The firefighter PQAs that you are tested on in this interview are:

Working with others

  • Commitment to excellence
  • Commitment to development
  • Commitment to diversity and integrity
  • Communicating effectively

The best way to prepare for an interview is to actually have one. At JobTestPrep we offer  interviews with a trained assessor via Skype for full preparation ahead of your interview.

Firefighter Maths Test

In this test you are examined on your ability to work with numbers in a practical way. For example firefighters need to know how much air is left in an air tank before tackling a blaze. There are a number of difficult aspects to this test:

  • No calculator allowed.
  • Approximately one minute per question.
  • The ability to read charts, tables and firefighter equipment.
  • Converting a 12 hour clock to 24 hour time.

You may not have used many of the skills required to pass this test for years. See our pdf guide to refresh your mind or take your practice to the next level by getting our firefighter working with numbers pack to give you the best preparation possible.

Firefighter Understanding Information Test

In your role as a Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service firefighter you need to be able to read fire related information as well use it in presentations making people aware of the dangers of fires. This tests aims to assess your ability to understand this information and form conclusions based on it. For example, you are given a short passage on what to do to escape from a burning building and you have to decide on the best route out. You can learn the skills needed to pass the tests by going through our free pdf. If you want to take your preparation to the next step see our firefighter verbal package.

Other Firefighter Tests

As well as the above mentioned tests you may also receive the NFA Situational Awareness and Problem Solving Test which assesses your ability to use information and solve problems. You may also be asked to take the National Firefighter Questionnaire which aims to evaluate the Fire and Rescue Service Personal Qualities and Attributes that you need to succeed in the job.

How can we help?

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have 39 fire stations under their umbrella. Working for the fire service is a privilege and an honour. As a result they have many different tests and activities that you have to excel at in order to be offered a position in the Lancashire fire service. Here at JobTestPrep we have a range of preparation materials that will help you get through the entire Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service recruitment process. We hope you have enjoyed this article and look forward to helping you on your path. If you have a specific question please do so below and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

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