Is your future protecting the future of others?

Why not put your firefighting skills to the test here and now, to see if it’s a career that could suit you? In the quiz, you’ll answer questions about your likes, values, strengths and approach to tasks and get a glimpse into what the role entails. We’ll generate a result and show you a snapshot of your areas of strength, as well as areas that have room for improvement. While this does not form part of the official application, it will serve as a great guideline when considering joining the Brigade.

See if you've got what it takes

Question 1
In an emergency, what’s the best course of action?

Teamwork in firefighting

You are part of a team and bigger community as a firefighter, which means your actions have repercussions on everyone. The number one priority is saving lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean rushing straight into all the action. It’s important to take in all the information, create a plan of action and find the best way to tackle the situation using your combined strengths. However, things won’t always go according to plan; sometimes you’ll need to take initiative and implement your learnings in situations that demand it.

Question 2
How do you cope in distressing situations?

Resilience in firefighting

As a firefighter, you have to stay focused on the job at the hand. This means being able to deal with distressing situations, being able to push on and not let it affect your output. However, a lot of the people you’re helping will be emotional or in shock and may express it through anger, hysteria or confusion. You have to be level headed, calm and empathetic, while still being firm and respond with sensitivity not just action.

Question 3
How do you feel about process?

Foresight in firefighting

Just because we don’t put out fires every day, doesn’t mean we can become complacent. The smallest task, like checking equipment and supplies or performing routine drills, can make the biggest difference when it comes to keeping a community safe and doing our best in an emergency. These strict processes and precautions are crucial to the role and help not only prepare us but protect us.

Question 4
What’s your learning style?

Patience in firefighting

There’s no room for mistakes on the job. Our training is intensive and hard, but designed to make sure that when you hit the ground running, you know exactly what you’re doing and won’t be putting your team members or the public at risk. Training will be an ongoing process throughout your career as a firefighter and ensures that you can safely handle the ever-changing demands and challenges of the job

Question 5
What kind of career do you want?

Leadership in firefighting

As a firefighter, it’s your responsibility to be a beacon in the community and lead the way to safer living through education. We encourage all firefighters to be the best they can be in this role, to grow, to take ownership and strive for excellence as all times. For the ambitious, there are also ample learning and growth opportunities like promotions or field specialism in the brigade, which we encourage employees to step into.

Question 6
What routine suits you best?

Adaptability in firefighting

You hardly ever live the same day twice as a firefighter. Things are constantly changing, from the environment you work in, the people you work with to the task at hand. You must be able to adapt to new people and settings, changing job descriptions and the conditions you perform those jobs in. Many firefighters see this as an advantage and enjoy the diversity of the role as well as the flexibility of the routine.

Question 7
How do you approach problem-solving?

Problem-solving in firefighting

Every call received by the fire department is a request to solve a problem. Some may be minor, and others will require an incredible amount of resources. It’s best to construct a plan of action as a team and use everyone’s critical thinking skills to come to a solution before heading in. Following the chain of command is important, but it’s necessary for firefighters to voice their personal perspective on the problem and bring forward their ideas and evaluations.

Question 8
How physically active are you?

Discipline in firefighting

It’s important to prepare physically for an emergency, which means maintaining a high level of fitness throughout your service. We welcome all shapes and sizes in the brigade, but it’s important that you have physical stamina as well as mental strength to fight for hours at a time. You will take part in physical tests prior to your enrolment, and will be given the time and training during the course of your service to help keep you at your peak.

Question 9
What are your people skills like?

Communication and Compassion in firefighting

Communication is essential as a firefighter because you will spend most of your days immersed in the community educating adults, children, business owners and the vulnerable on fire safety. To be successful at this, you will need to be patient, be an active listener, to act with understanding and compassion as well as have a good rapport with a diverse group of people.

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This is a tough career and it comes with many challenges. The purpose of this test was to pinpoint characteristics that will aid you on your journey to becoming a firefighter, but also show you the areas that need some work. With training and dedication, there’s always an opportunity for you to grow into the role. Why not take a look at the assessment areas below? It will help you make an informed decision as to whether you think this role is right for you.

You have some of the skills we look for in a potential firefighter. With hard work and hard training, you may have what it takes to step into this role.   When you join our family, your biggest responsibility will be to protect the future of those living in your community through education, prevention and first response. This is a rewarding role with room to grow in. Take a look at some of the strengths we’ve identified in you that suit a role like this, as well as some key areas that may require a little more research or training.

You have a lot of the skills we look for in a potential firefighter. When you join our family, your biggest responsibility will be to protect the future of those living in your community through education, prevention and first response. This is a rewarding role with room to grow in – not everyone can say that their job has the power to save and change lives. Take a look at some of the strengths we’ve identified in you that suit a role like this.

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Fire Education

Your answers show this is an area of strength.

While most people think this is only a small part of the job, public education is one of the best ways to save lives. It’s a firefighter’s job to teach people in the communities not just how to handle a fire emergency, but how to stop it from happening in the first place. This includes school safety programmes, business workshops and home safety checks. You’ll be working with people from all walks of life, which means you’ll need to possess characteristics like compassion, leadership and adaptability.

Fire Prevention

Your answers show this is an area of strength.

As a firefighter, not only do you have to be well-prepared in the event of an emergency, but you have to help others be prepared too. This includes safety checks in houses, businesses and buildings under construction, the creation of pre-fire plans, carrying out inspections and maintaining equipment. Being prepared also means maintaining a level of fitness throughout your service, and building on your strength and stamina. To carry out these tasks, we look for people who possess characteristics like discipline, patience and foresight.

Fire Response

Your answers show this is an area of strength.

As a firefighter, you need to be prepared to face disasters, whether it’s putting out fires, assisting at crash scenes, or responding to other critical emergencies in the community. You’ll need to be ready to rise to those occasions, think on your feet, act swiftly but cautiously, and have courage to see things through, which is why we look for people who possess characteristics like problem-solving, resilience and teamwork.

Are you ready to step into this role?

Come and meet us

We would love you to come and meet our firefighters in person. By joining us at open days and events, you can hear more about what the role entails, witness rescue demonstrations, check out the equipment and get an accurate feel for what’s in store for you. Check out our upcoming news and events below.

Start the application

If you think this may be the role for you, we will need you to register with us to start your application process. If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to the assessment center where you’ll go through various rounds of interviews, physical tests and medical checks.

Hear from our firefighters

Why not hear more from our local firefighters on our blog? They can give you their first-hand account of firefighting and the skills needed to make a success of it.

Chat to a recruiter

If you’re still looking for answers, we’d be happy to chat. Just send us a mail with any questions or concerns and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

News and Events

Women's recruitment day

03 February
Paddington Fire Station 03 February 2018 09.00 - 17.00

The session is a full day. You must be 17 years or over. Invite only, so email us to book a place. outreach@london-fire.gov.uk

Women's recruitment day

24 February
Paddington Fire Station 24 February 2018 09.00 - 17.00

The session is a full day. You must be 17 years or over. Invite only, so email us to book a place. outreach@london-fire.gov.uk