Wholetime firefighter recruitment

Cheshire firefighters

The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service 2018 Wholetime Recruitment registration window is open from 10am on Wednesday 18th July 2018 until 12 midday on Monday 6th August 2018.

Register to become a Wholetime Firefighter (opens in new window)

During this period candidates will need to register and complete two on-line assessments:

  • Behavioural Styles (BSQ)

  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

*Please note - once candidates have registered on the eligibility screen it may take up to 48 hours before you receive an invite to complete the  BSQ and SJT assessments.

If candidates successfully  pass these assessments they will be invited to complete 3 timed on line ability tests between 10am on Wednesday 8th August 2018 and 10am Monday  13th August 2018:

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Mechanical Reasoning

  • Numerical Reasoning

Candidates who successfully pass all three tests will be invited via email on Tuesday 14th August 2018 to attend a one day practical assessment which will take place between 3rd and 7th September 2018 at our Sadler Road site in Winsford.

Prior to attending the one day practical assessment candidates will have the opportunity to attend a Firefighter Fitness Orientation session. These sessions will take place on 22nd and 29th August 2018 and last approximately 1 and a half hours.

Candidates successful at practical will be invited to attend an interview on one date between 1st and 4th October 2018.

Those offered an appointment to the role of Firefighter with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be expected to start their initial course from 2nd January 2019 subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks including medical, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The role of a wholetime firefighter

Please use the links below to find out more about the role of a firefighter:

Videos - national firefighter selection tests

There’s a range of videos to show you how to be prepared and ready to apply for the opportunity to take on the challenging and rewarding role of a wholetime firefighter.

Videos demonstrating the National Firefighter Selection Tests

Could you be a firefighter?

Video - Do you have what it takes to be a Firefighter? (new window, Movie 76872KB)

Taster days

Taster days are being held to encourage all potential applicants, with the hope of attracting females and people from black and minority ethnic communities to consider a career as a firefighter.

  • Friday 20 July from 11am - 3pm at Warrington Fire Station

  • Thursday 26 July from 1pm - 7pm at Chester Fire Station

  • Monday 30th July from 2pm-6pm at Runcorn Fire Station

  • Thursday 2nd August from 1pm-7pm at Ellesmere Port Fire Station

  • Friday 3rd August from 1pm-6pm at Winsford Fire Station

The Service's on-call recruitment campaign will continue to run alongside the wholetime recruitment initiative.

Find out which fire stations are looking for on-call firefighters