The Recruitment Process

GMFRS has a thorough recruitment process to make sure we employ the best candidates for the job. 

The information below outlines the 10 steps in our Firefighter recruitment process. You'll need to pass each step to move on to the next.

Let us know you are interested in becoming a Firefighter on the Greater.Jobs website. We will keep your details on our database and contact you with updates, information and details of Taster Days. From submitting your expression of interest, it can take around six months to complete all the steps and receive a job offer. 

Expression of interest form on Greater.Jobs

An opportunity to experience some of the physical elements of the Firefighter Recruitment Process.  You’ll also receive information on functional skills the apprenticeship Standard and what you can expect from your apprenticeship.

A member of the recruitment team will also go through the whole recruitment process with you. It’s a chance to learn what is expected throughout the recruitment process and get hints and tips to help you prepare.

You must have attended a taster day in order to be eligible to apply to join as a firefighter.

See what’s involved in the fitness tests 

This is the formal application form which gives you a chance to tell us about you, your education and employment history as well as the skills, values and behaviours you have that will make you an asset to GMFRS.

The test combines neuroscience, artificial intelligence and game technology to generate data-driven people insights for more predictive and less biased hiring.

This style of assessment brings greater objectivity and fairness to the recruitment and career development process.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in a 20 metre bleep test. The minimum pass mark is level 8.8.

You’ll then sit a Maths and English assessment, known as the functional skills test. The minimum pass mark for both assessments is Level 1.

You will only have one attempt at each test so you need to pass first time to continue the recruitment process.

If you need support with your English or Maths, we work with the Growth Company on an English, Maths and Employability Skills course. Find out more on their website.

The National Firefighter Selection Test is a series of physical tests, which you have to pass first time. On the day, you’ll be briefed on what to expect, including all health and safety information. You’ll be given personal protective equipment (PPE), a numbered bib and a scorecard.

These tests may include:

  • Ladder Lift
  • Ladder Climb
  • BA Crawl
  • Casualty Evacuation
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Equipment Carry

Find out more about these tests 

Some of the assessments that you could be asked to take part in include: 

  • Structured interview (values and competency based questions)
  • Role play assessment
  • Presentation
  • Group exercise

This is the second of two functional skills tests. It is a classroom-based assessment with GMFRS invigilators. The results you get on this test will be compared to your initial functional test scores. You must score within 10% of your initial functional skills test to move on to the next step.

If you have been successful in our shortlisting and assessment process, we will make you a conditional offer of employment. We will carry out the following checks:

  • medical (vision, lung function, blood pressure, body mass index)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • employment references covering five years of work history
  • right to work in the UK

The Wholetime Firefighter initial training course will consist of both theoretical and practical learning over 16 weeks. This training will be the start of your Firefighter apprenticeship, working through a series of modules including:

  • pumps and ladders
  • road traffic collisions
  • trauma care
  • hazardous materials
  • specialist rescue
  • breathing apparatus and fire behaviour

GMFRS Firefighter Recruitment Fitness Guidance (Word, 3MB)

Bleep test information pack (Word, 240KB)

If you have any more questions about becoming a firefighter, please contact us at

Submit your expression of interest