On-call firefighters - How to apply

Stages of the on-call firefighter application process

Read about the stages in the application process that you need complete including practical tests, interview, medical and training:

We are not currently recruiting on-call firefighters, information will be added when we are recruiting again.

If you are selected to go forward to the next stage, you will be invited to attend the physical tests/written tests.

These will be held during the week commencing  29 October 2018 at venues across the county, currently:

  • 29 October 2018 Barrow Fire Station

  • 30 October 2018 Kendal Fire Station

  • 31 October 2018 Workington Community Fire Station

  • 1 November 2018 Carlisle East Community Fire Station

Physical tests
Initially you will be asked to complete a 'progression shuttle run assessment' or 'bleep test'. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

The other tests which assess an applicant's physical competence and their confidence and ability to follow instructions include: Ladder Climb, Casualty Evacuation, Ladder Lift, Enclosed Space, Equipment Assembly and Equipment Carry. Your grip strength will also be assessed.

Written tests
This section consists of different tests which assess an applicant's ability to process information, problem solve and work with numbers.

The following are the three National Firefighter Ability (NFA) tests: - Understanding Information, Situational Awareness and Working with Numbers.

Please note that you must pass the physical/written tests to go forward to the next stage.

Station training sessions will give you an opportunity to test your fitness levels in preparation for the selection tests and receive advice and guidance from the fitness team. Please attend in gym wear if you wish to take part in the bleep test. To see details of dates and locations of practice bleep test/taster sessions use the following link   On-call firefighter vacancies and dates

The downloads below will take you to videos for the Physical tests you will need to pass to join Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. 

The interview takes around an hour and you will be interviewed by a panel of senior operational firefighters.

You will be asked questions relating to your knowledge, skills and attributes to determine your suitability for the role of a Firefighter. At the interview stage, ensure you are well prepared, have done research into the Fire & Rescue Service and the post you hope to fill, turn up on time and in a presentable manner.

The interviews are expected to be held week commencing 19 November 2018 at venues across the county.

References will only be sent for if you are successful at interview.

Equal Opportunities
The Authority is an Equal Opportunities employer. The Service's policy is to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age or marital status.

Positive Recruitment Action
We are working towards achieving a Fire and Rescue Service that is representative of our community and we will support and encourage applications from currently underrepresented groups such as women and black and minority ethnic groups.

You will be asked to attend a medical where you will be examined by the Fire and Rescue Service Physician and your medical records obtained from your GP.

Medical Examinations for selected candidates will be held at designated Fire and Rescue Service premises during December 2018/January 2019.

We will send you details of the date and location.

If you are offered a position as an on-call firefighter, you will be required to attend one of the Training Courses and Induction Programme which takes place as follows:


Training Course 1

Training Course 2
Induction Day - 25 February 2019

Induction Day - to be confirmed
Week 1  Initial Training - 4 March to 8 March 2019

Week 1  Initial Training - to be confirmed
Week 2  Breathing Apparatus Course, Fire Behaviour Training - 11 March to 16 March 2019

Week 2  Breathing Apparatus Course, Fire Behaviour Training - to be confirmed