The application process



Prior to submitting an application you should check that you meet the essential requirements.  For advice on the application process get in touch with your local On-call Fire Station.



Download the form, complete all sections and return via email to







You will need to provide evidence of your Level 2 qualifications in literacy and numeracy. If you do not hold a Level 2 qualification or cannot provide evidence of these, you will be required to complete an online test.

Click here to find a full list of the literacy and numeracy Level 2 equivalent.

Here are sample tests for you practice on.



If your initial application is successful you will be invited to 1 days physical testing which is held at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Birkenshaw.

Physical testing will comprise of:

  • Aerobic Test
  • Strength Tests

You must pass each test to move onto the next test, testing takes 1 day.

Testing will consist of:

  • Chester Treadmill Test (12 Minute incremental walk)
  • Ladder Carry (Heel bar carry)
  • Vertigo Test
  • Ladder Lift/Lower Simulation
  • Rural Simulation Test (5 Min 37 Sec Equipment Carry Test)
  • Equipment Assembly Test
  • Enclosed Space Crawl
  • Causality Drag (37.4 Second casualty evacuation test)


If you pass the physical tests at Step 3 you will progress to the interview stage (the date and time of which will be advised as soon as possible).



You will be asked to:

  • Complete a health questionnaire for the Occupational Health Unit
  • Provide a signed GP consent form ­(giving permission for your GP to release your medical information in confidence)
  • Participate in drug and alcohol screening
  • Attend an Occupational Health Check at our Headquarters
  • Attend a Medical Examination and review – the Authority Medical Advisor (AMA) may refer you for further tests or seek specialist consultant advice, if necessary.
  • If you think your eyesight may be an issue then please click here for our Eyesight Requirements

If you are in any doubt about whether your eyesight will meet the standard we require, print off the eyesight standards document and see your optician

Checks and references

As a Government Agency, we must check the information you provided in your application. This includes:

  • Subject to Basic Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) Check
  • Online check of your driving licence
  • You must provide details of qualifications, evidence of identity, references covering a minimum of three years’ work/academic history and five years’ address history

Should you meet all of requirements, you will be offered a post as a on-call firefighter.

Please note that in order to assist the application process in running as efficiently as possible, on occasion the steps may not follow in numerical order.