Introduction

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.

Lancshire Fire and Rescue Service Recruitment

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 in our interview preparation package.

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 and 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.


Supervisory/ Operational level tests

For existing staff, for roles on promotion from Firefighter upwards, there are a number of assessments you may need to undertake as part of your application process.

We will outline the different tests you may undertake below:

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning tests assess your ability to read and understand many different types of written information. These can range from reports to memos as well as many things in between. It is essential that you have the aptitude to not only comprehend the information but also act on it. In this test you are presented with passages of information which you have to read and understand. After this you must answer questions relating to the passage.

The skills involved in tackling these tests include vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and critical reasoning. See our free pdf verbal questions to give yourself a taster of the style of questions you will face. You can even take your preparation to the next level with our SHL style verbal reasoning packs.

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical reasoning tests assess your capacity to work with numbers, graphs, tables and other mathematical data sets. You have to understand the information presented and use it to answer questions based on the data sets. The skills needed to do well in these tests include the ability to work with four basic numerical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), as well as percentages, ratios, estimations and data analysis.

Our free pdf gives you a great start to your preparation. Get the full SHL style numerical reasoning pack to give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding.

Supervisory Situational Judgement Test

This Situational Judgement Test or SJT test presents you with various situations that you may face at work. For example:

The company you work for is experiencing financial difficulties. You have thought of a creative solution that will enable it to recruit more clients. However, the downside is that the company will have to let go a stable, loyal but not so profitable client (due to a conflict of interest).

Two out of three marketing people agree with you while your manager does not because she believes this is too risky.

What would you do in this situation?

On this question there are a number of different options presented and you have to select the one which is most favourable and least favourable. To answer these questions in the best possible way you need to put your “work hat” on. Taking practice tests gives you the skill and confidence to do so in the right frame of mind. See our dedicated SJT page to take a practice test get a free pdf guide or get the entire SJT preparation package.


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.