Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

How to prepare

As a Career Firefighter, you’ll bring your all to the frontline each day so let’s help you bring your all to the recruitment process.

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Training to become a Career Firefighter

Ever wondered what the training process of a firefighter is like? Watch this video for some insights and read more below!

Information and Practice Day

The first step in your preparation journey is to attend an Information and Practice Day.

Preparing for the Online Cognitive Assessment

  • The General Ability Screen (sent from our provider SHL) will provide a short practice test before starting the actual assessment. Be sure to complete the practice questions. 
  • View the Full length practice assessments.(external link) This will provide you with the opportunity to get the feel for completing assessments under timed conditions. The level of difficulty of the practice tests may not exactly reflect the level of difficulty of the test you will be asked to complete. Please note: not all services offered by SHL apply to our recruitment process.
  • Before completing any of the assessments, make sure that you have set yourself up in a quiet, well-lit room that is free from distraction. Complete the assessments at a time when you feel at your best. 

Download the Cognitive GAS Practice Booklet [PDF, 202 KB].

Preparing for the Physical Pre-Entry Test

There are three ways you can prepare for the physical test:


Video playlist demonstrating activities in the Physical Pre-Entry Test (PPT)

Preparing for the Practical Assessment Centre

Bring your A-game and understand what our assessors are looking for; communication, problem solving, working as a team, adapting to change, and working under pressure.

Check out our Candidate Guide to PAC [PDF, 113 KB].

Preparing for the Formal Interview

The formal interview is a behavioural and situational based interview, where we ask you to draw upon past experiences to demonstrate particular competencies.

Check out some tips and general guidance on how to prepare (external link).

If you want to join us, start by showing us your courage

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