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The National Fire Fighter Selection Tests.



GENERAL GUIDELINES on physical preparation for applicants intending to undertake the National Firefighter Selection Tests are available to freely download by clicking on the General Exercise guidance document below. It is important to note that good exercise training advice should be highly specific to you as an individual, and will depend upon your general health, age, current fitness level, previous training history, your lifestyle and ultimate fitness goals.


 
Fitness Guidance booklet.

General advice on health & fitness and how to prepare for the NFST;
Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service.

"General advice on health and fitness and how to prepare for the National Fire Fighters Selection Tests. Produced by Durham & Darlington FRS with assistance from the FireFit Steering Group and images from Leicestershire FRS."

Caution large document 9mb. If printed the pages will need to be folded like a booklet.






 
Preparatory Fitness Programme.

Guidance on Physical Training Preparation for the National Firefighter Selection Tests; FireFit Steering Group.

"The following information is designed to provide GENERAL GUIDELINES on physical preparation for applicants intending to undertake the National Firefighter Selection Tests (NFSTs). It is important to note that good exercise training advice should be highly specific to you as an individual, and will depend upon your general health, age, current fitness level, previous training history, lifestyle and ultimate fitness goals."


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Fire Service Circular 7-2006

Recruitment DVD to accompany the use of the National Firefighter Selection Process

"As well as providing information on the role of a firefighter and the nature of the selection tests it has also been designed to help potential applicants to prepare in advance of firefighter recruitment campaigns by including a generic fitness programme".

The National Fire Fighters Selection Tests (NFST).

The physical elements of the NFSTs are encapsulated within 6 discrete physical tests (see below). You should watch the “So You Want to be a Firefighter?” Recruitment information DVD issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and available from individual Fire Brigades/Services to help you gain an insight into what each test will involve. Remember that all the tests are performed in standard firefighter personal protective equipment (helmet, jacket, trousers, gloves and boots), which together weigh ~ 10 kg. This will make the tests slightly more difficult than they first appear, as this additional weight will make movement more difficult.


 
 
Equipment Carry Test.

The equipment carry test is essentially a shuttle test that is designed to replicate some of the physical demands involved in setting up a water relay station to supply water to a grassland fire. The test is performed back and forth along a 25 m track whilst wearing full fire fighting protective clothing (which weighs ~10 kg). This is not a test of memory as the safety officer will remind applicants of the sequence of events. The equipment will consist of one 30 metre (100 foot) hosereel tubing on a drum, two coiled 70mm soft suction hoses, one 100mm hard suction hose and suction strainer in a basket and one 33kg (5 stone) barbell. Applicants will need to complete this exercise in a given amount of time.





 
 
Casualty Evacuation Test.

The casualty evacuation requires you to walk backwards (you will be guided by a safety officer) dragging a 55 kg (8½ stone) dummy casualty around 3 sides of a 10 m square. Applicants will need to complete this exercise in a given amount of time.





 
 
Breathing Apparatus Crawl Test.

The breathing apparatus crawl is a test of your ability to cope with dark/confined spaces and has only low-moderate physical demands, although good levels of flexibility and body awareness will be an advantage. Applicants wear a breathing apparatus facemask and negotiate a crawl and walkway with clear vision. Halfway through the route their vision is obscured and they retrace their steps to the start/finish point. A safety officer will provide assistance if necessary. Applicants will need to complete this exercise in a given amount of time.





 
 
Ladder Climb Test.

The ladder climb test is designed to show confidence for working at height. This is a physical test of confidence and the ability to follow instructions. Applicants must ascend a 13.5 metre (45 foot) Fire & Rescue Service ladder to a point two thirds of the full working height, take a leg lock and remove their hands from the ladder and look down to the assessor to identify a symbol placed flat on the ground at the foot of the ladder. Applicants will be assisted if necessary by the safety officer.





 
 
Ladder Lift test.

The ladder lift test simulates the individual physical demands of lifting the head of a 13.5 m ladder back on top of an appliance. A total load of 30 kg, lifted to a height of 1.90 m is required to successfully complete this test.





 
 
Equipment Assembly Test.

The equipment assembly tests is a timed test designed to test manual dexterity. Applicants must assemble and then disassemble a piece of equipment following a demonstration by the safety officer.





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