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Wholetime firefighter recruitment

Closing date: not currently recruiting
Salary: £ 22,908 (Trainee) £23,862 (Development) £30,533 (Competent)

Job description:

For the first time in 10 years we’re recruiting Wholetime firefighters at our Shift (Acomb, Huntington, York, Scarborough and Harrogate), Day crewed (Ripon, Malton, Tadcaster, Selby, Whitby) and Self Roster (Richmond and Northallerton) stations. Please find the map here of our stations and duty systems.

Shift crewed stations are crewed 24/7 by firefighters who work shifts of 8am-6pm and 6pm-8am. The shift pattern is two days working, two nights working and then four days off.

Day crewed firefighters work shifts of 8am-6pm and then are on call on evenings. They must live within four minutes of a station in order to respond on evenings. They work 4 days on duty and then 4 days off. 

The role of a modern day firefighter is very varied, it’s much more than just attending emergency incidents. It’s also about educating communities about safety, engaging with people, and delivering activities and events. We need people who are caring, compassionate and creative, who enjoy working as part of a team and who want to make a truly positive difference to people.

Such a varied role, needs a varied workforce and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We need to improve our diversity to reflect our diverse communities, so we are particularly interested in groups who are under-represented within the Service currently. It is important to emphasise that all applicants will go through the same recruitment process in order to become a wholetime firefighter.

Below you'll find information about the recruitment process. We would recommend reading all the information below before you apply.

Recruitment Process

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The following information is designed to give you an indication of the recruitment process for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, what to expect and what is required of you. The recruitment process is a staged process and should you be successful you will be assessed over the period of 6 months.

You can download a document that sets out the key dates for the process here.

Applications from firefighters from other Services are welcomed, all candidates applying will go through the same process and must follow the link above to register. If candidates are successful from another Service there will be a skills gap analysis to determine training course requirements.

There are no postcode restrictions for this recruitment process.

Please note that the training course at the end of the process will be split between our Training Centre based in Easingwold North Yorkshire and the Fire Service College which is Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.

Stage one 1st July - 15th July Candidate registration, realistic job preview and eligibility tests 

The online registration process is now closed.

Stage 2- Behavioural Styles Questionnaire 15th July- 21st July (online assessment) 

Candidates will receive eligibility outcome confirmation immediately. Candidates who are eligible will not receive a link to stage 2 of the process until the 15th of July. The next stage of the process is the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) and should you be eligible with your application, you will be invited to complete this during week commencing the 15th July. Please note the deadline to complete this assessment will be the 21st July.  If you are unable to complete this assessment within this time period, we will not be able to consider your application any further. This assessment is not timed, you should allow approximately 15-20 minutes to complete this in a quiet location.  This assessment explores your preferred behaviours in a working environment. No revision or additional study is required for this element.

Candidates that pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire will be invited to proceed to complete the Situational Judgement Test from the 22nd July.

Stage 3- Situational Judgement Test week commencing 22nd July

Should you successfully pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) you will be invited to complete the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) during week commencing the 22nd July. The deadline to complete this online assessment will be the 28th July. If you are unable to complete this assessment within this time period, we will not be able to consider your application any further. This assessment is not timed. You should allow approximately 30 minutes to complete this assessment in a quiet location. The Situational Judgement Test measures your judgement and decision making skills in situations that are typical in the Fire and Rescue Service. No knowledge or experience as a Firefighter is required to complete this test and no prior revision is needed.

Stage 4- Ability Tests between 29th July and 11th August

If you meet the requirements of the above online assessments, you will be invited to complete the Ability Tests between the dates of 29th of July to the 11th of August. The deadline for this assessment is the 11th of August. These assessments are timed and it is advised you complete them in a quiet location. This stage involves completing a series of tests which are detailed below:

Numerical Reasoning

This test measures your ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate numerical information.  You will be presented with graphs, charts and numerical details and required to make calculations on the information presented. There are 18 questions within this assessment are you will have 18 minutes to complete this.

Mechanical Reasoning

This test measures your ability to apply general mechanical principles that supports practical problem solving.  You will be presented with a series of diagrams and asked to answer questions to demonstrate your understanding of the mechanical principles applicable. There are 20 questions within this assessment and it has a maximum time limit of 17 minutes.

Verbal Reasoning

This test measures your ability to understand and interpret written information. You will be presented with a passage of text and asked to answer questions to demonstrate your ability to interpret and analyse verbal information. There are 20 questions and you will have a maximum time limit of 15 minutes.

If you are successful at the Ability Tests then you will be required to attend the physical testing stage of the process.

Practice/Example versions of these tests

You can find some practice versions of these tests on the links below:





Stage 5 Physical Testing week commencing 12th August

Successful candidates will be invited to complete the physical testing stage from week commencing the 12th of August.

Check out our Physical Testing Guide document here in preparation for the testing. It explains what the tests will involve and gives some advice on exercises/activities you can carry out at home to help you prepare for the physical testing.

You can also view some videos of the physical testing on our YouTube channel.

Stage 6 Interviews week commencing 9th September

Candidates successful at the physical testing stage will be invited to interview from week commencing the 9th September.

Stage 7 Medicals and HR Checks week commencing 14th October

Candidates successful at interview will be invited to stage 7 which is the completion of medicals and HR checks.

These will be completed from week commencing the 14th of October.

Stage 8 Training Course from 9th January 2020 (12 week programme)

Training will commence from the 9th January 2020. The 12 week programme will be split and trainees will complete time at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre in Easingwold.

More information on the training course will be provided to candidates through the process. Questions on this stage of the process can also be emailed to the HR team on


If you have any questions about any stages of the recruitment process at the start or throughout the process please do not hesitate to contact the HR team on 

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