Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions and answers which we often deal with. If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact us. 


An Optometric Assessment form is included with your application form, which must be completed by an Optician.

Recruits must fulfill the following visual standards: 

  • Correctable to 6/9 in each eye
  • N12 at 30cm with both eyes open-unaided.
  • Normal visual field in each eye (as determined by confrontation techniques).
  • No history of nyctalopia (night blindness) or ocular disease which is likely to progress and cause subsequent failure of eyesight standards.
  • An appropriate level of colour vision (normally no more than two identification errors in the Ishihara set). Candidates who fail these standards will be allowed to undertake more specific tests of colour vision which will be arranged by the Occupational Physician advising the Service.


There are no maximum or minimum height restrictions.


You do not require any formal qualifications to apply for the On-Call Firefighter post. The Service has its own ‘ in-house’ tests. (See Stage 2 of Selection Process)

There is a physical assessment as part of the selection testing. (See Stage 2 of Selection Process)

The Service is currently predominantly looking for individuals who can provide some level of On-Call cover during the daytime. However, this may vary from station to station. The hours of availability you are able to provide can be discussed in depth during your initial meeting with your Station Liaison Officer.


On-Call Firefighter Recruitment Process

Complete the Online expression of interest form.
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The Service's Human Resources Team will send you an application form and optometric (eyesight) assessment form.
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A Station Liaison Officer will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss the recruitment process and hours of availability form.
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Meeting completed - Submit your application form and optometric assessment form.
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Application received at the Human Resources Department

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Should the Application & Optometric Assessment form be deemed satisfactory, you will be invited to attend a Testing Day.
Full guidance will be provided.

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Have your hours of availability been deemed suitable for your local station?


NO - Your application will be kept on file until a suitable vacancy arises, at which point the Service will contact you. 


YES - You will be invited to attend the following upon successful completion on each stage:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Medical Examination
  • 2 x Reference Checks
  • Induction Day & Initial Recruits Course

You will receive feedback and be invited for re-assessment in the area(s) of the test you failed to meet the required standard.