The London Fire Brigade provides fire and rescue services to the whole of London. Recruitment to the brigade is carried out centrally, and takes place at specific times only. London fire brigade jobs are hard to come by, and you can only apply for a position when the recruitment window is open. Taking this into account, it is important that you take your application seriously and do your best on all parts. The recruitment process follows the national format, with some additional tests.
London Fire Brigade recruitment is as follows:
The form itself is clear and simple – you are asked to provide your name, address, contact details, qualifications, driving license, fire service employment, and any previous criminal convictions. Accompanying the application form are some questions about some of the personal qualities and attributes (PQAs) that are required in all firefighters. This section of the application form is important, as through your answers you need to show you are a suitable candidate for the London Fire Brigade to take your application to the next stage.
If your application form meets the required standard, you are next asked to take three psychological tests. These tests are the ones set in the National Firefighter Ability (NFA) tests. You need to pass all three tests in order to move on to the next stage.
The NFQ assesses your attitude and motivation. There are 127 questions based on seven Fire and Service Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs). These PQAs are:
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You will be interviewed by staff from the London Fire Brigade. Questions will be on topics such as your knowledge, skills and attributes so that they can assess your suitability as a fire fighter. You may also be asked questions about the information you have provided on your application form, so make sure you review your form ahead of the interview. Also make sure you do your research on the force, and the area you wish to work in, what they do, and the work that you will be doing as a firefighter. On top of this preparation, you also need to brush up your interview skills. JobTestPrep can help you with this one, with our online interview preparation package.
In the next stage, you will need to undertake a series of physical tests which will assess your fitness, confidence and ability to follow instructions. These tests follow the National Firefighter Selection tests, and are:
For more information about these tests, see our national fire and rescue service recruitment page.
Following these stages, you will have two rounds of final checks: a medical check, and a reference check. You must successfully pass all of these stages in order to be offered a job with the London Fire Brigade.
Recruitment with the London Fire Brigade happens at most once a year, so if there is a recruitment window, it is vital that you grab the opportunity to get a coveted role with the brigade, and to do that you have to make sure you do your best at each stage of the application process. This article has taken you through each stage of the application process, and given you information about how to prepare further in particular for the written tests and interview. We hope you have found this useful, and good luck.