Work related physical fitness tests

You will need to pass six work related physical job tests before you progress in the firefighter selection process.

The information below will give you some insight into what to expect.

Ladder climb

 
Candidates will be tested on their confidence and ability to follow instructions.

They will be required to climb a 13.5m (45 foot) ladder to a specific point, two thirds of the full working height, take a leg lock, remove their hands from the ladder, look down to the assessor below where they will be asked to identify a symbol.

Ladder lift

 
This is a test of a candidates upper and lower body strength and coordination.

Candidates will need to raise the bar of a ladder lift simulator weighing 30kg (4 stone) to a height of 182cm (6 foot).

Casualty Drag

 
Candidates will be tested on their upper and lower body strength and coordination.

Candidates will need to drag a 55kg (8 stone) dummy backwards around a 30m (100 foot) course around four cones within a set time.

Enclosed Space

 
Candidates will be tested on their confidence, agility and to identify any claustrophobic tendencies.

Wearing a breathing apparatus face mask, candidates will negotiate a crawl and walkway with clear vision. Halfway through the route candidates vision will be obscured and they will retrace their steps to the start/finish point.

Equipment Assembly

 
This is a physical test of manual dexterity.

Candidates must assemble and then disassemble a portable pump.

Equipment Carry

 
This physically tests candidates aerobic fitness, stamina, upper and lower body strength and coordination.

Candidates will need to carry items of equipment over a 25 metre (82 foot) course around two cones within a set time. This is not a test of memory as the safety officer will remind candidates of the sequence of events.

The equipment will be made up of one 30 metre (100 foot) hose reel tubing on a drum, two coiled 70mm soft suction hoses, one 100mm hard suction hose and suction strainer in a basket and one 33kg (5 stone) barbell.

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