Apply to be a wholetime firefighter

About the role

As a wholetime firefighter you will be responsible for your efficient and effective performance.

You will be responsible for ensuring efficient and effective function and delivery of your element of the Divisional, Station or Department Plan.

You will be required to implement appropriate methods to ensure that tasks and targets are met and any failure to achieve is identified, examined and steps taken to address the issue.

As part of your conditions of service you will be required to fulfil the role of Firefighter under the nationally agreed Firefighter Role Map.

Where held, you will perform the duties required of any appropriate specialist operational function.

Under the control of Crew Manager, you will be responsible for the maintenance and testing and recording of the use and testing of operational equipment to ensure operational readiness.

Where required, you will support the Watch  Manager with other tasks and duties appropriate to the role.

Is the role for you?

Consider these questions – can you answer yes to all?

  • Working at height?
  • Working in enclosed spaces?
  • Working unsociable hours?
  • Working in hot, cold, wet conditions?
  • Seeing people in traumatic situations?
  • Seeing injured people?
  • With unpredictability?

If this sounds like you, you can find out about the recruitment process and how to apply on the following pages.


  • Trainee (Phase 1): £24,191
  • Development (Phase 2) £25,198
  • Competent (Phase 3) £32,244

Trainee to competent may be a period of two years.

The recruitment process

We operate a thorough recruitment process which takes place over several months.

Stage 1 - Online registration

All applicants must complete the registration and eligibility screening stage to formally start your application. This takes less than 15 minutes to complete and must be completed before the set closing date and time. No late registrations will be possible under any circumstances. 

It will be managed on our behalf by HR Solutions Hub, a service specialising in administering the assessments and tests which make up the sifting process. 

A number of applicants will then get taken through to the next stage and will be invited to complete a Situational Judgement test which will assess you against firefighter situations.

Stage 2 - Situational Judgement Test

If you progress onto this stage, you will receive an email from the Apollo system with a link to access the Situational Judgement Test from midday Monday 22 August. The deadline to complete this questionnaire is midday on Tuesday 30 August.

If you do not complete it before this time you will not be progressed further in the recruitment process. If you have passed you will be progressed to the next assessment which is the Fire Service Ability Tests.

Stage 3 – FRS Ability Tests

You will then be invited to complete three online multiple choice ability tests:-

Each ability test will be timed and will last between 16 and 20 minutes each. 

The ability tests will be verified at a later stage of the process. Therefore, please ensure you are honest and carry out the assessments by yourself.

For support to improve your maths and literacy skills, a range of free courses, including distance learning options can be found here.

Stage 4 – Full application form

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a full application form and invited to the Physical and Practical Assessments.

Stage 5  Physical and practical assessments

The physical and practical assessments will be held at the Waddington Training Centre, Sleaford Road, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN5 9FG.

Prior to attending the physical and practical assessments and to ensure you are fit to take part, you will be asked to complete a confidential medical questionnaire and disclaimer.

The tests will assess your fitness, strength, stamina, co-ordination and dexterity. All the tests are relevant to the role of a firefighter, such as:

  • ladder carry and climb
  • casualty evacuation
  • equipment carry and assembly
  • enclosed spaces
  • simulated hose running

Watch our training videos for an idea of what to expect

You can follow our 12 week training programme to prepare for the fitness test. 

You will also undertake a dictation test. This 10 minute test will assess your ability to listen and accurately record a message from the incident ground by writing the message exactly as it is heard.

Stage 6 – Swimming assessment and Chester Step Test

The final physical assessments will be a swimming assessment where you will be asked to carry out a 50 metre swim unaided to check your swimming ability and confidence in water. You will also undergo a further fitness test in the form of the Chester Step Test.

Stage 7 – Interviews

You will be invited to attend an interview, where you will be asked questions about your experience and skills.

The interview will be based around the NFCC Leadership Framework. You can find out what behaviours will be assessed here. More guidance will be provided prior to the interview to assist you.

Your answers within the interview will be used to determine your suitability for the role.

Stage 8 – Medicals and pre-employment checks

The top scoring candidates from interview will then be invited to undertake a medical with our Occupational Health advisors. Pre-employment checks will also be started and your place on the course will be offered.

Further details available in the candidate pack.

Final stage- Initial training

Wholetime Firefighter recruits will commence 10 week initial training course in February 2023.

More in-depth detail can be found in our candidate pack here.

If you require an accessible version of our candidate pack, please contact

How to apply

Before you apply, you must:

  • reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the county of Lincolnshire
  • must have a full car driving licence valid for the UK
  • be able to permanently live and work in the UK without any restrictions
  • be aged 18 or over at the start of the application process
  • have no live convictions or CCJs
  • not be undergoing any disciplinary or capability procedures in your current workplace

You will also need to register:

  • your name and address
  • contact phone number and email
  • National Insurance Number

Apply to become a wholetime firefighter

Please note the above link will not be live until midday 1 August.

Armed Forces

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant to treat those who serve, or have served, in the armed forces with fairness and respect.

If you’re currently serving outside of our eligible postcodes, you can still apply – contact prior to registering online.  

We will also consider applications from those outside the postcoded area who have left the armed forces within the last year.

All successful applicants must be able to take up their contract of employment with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue prior to the start of the training course in February 2023.

Key dates

Online registration       

  • Opens: 12pm Monday 1 August 2022
  • Closes: Monday 15 August 2022

Situational judgement test        

  • Opens: Monday 22 August
  • Closes: Tuesday 30 August

FRS ability tests              

  • Opens: Thursday 1 September
  • Closes: Monday 12 September

Full application form    

  • Opens: Tuesday 13 September
  • Closes: Monday 26 September

Job related tests (physical and practical)            

W/C Monday 10 October

Swimming assessment and Chester Step Test

Sunday 23 October


Tuesday 1 November - Monday 7 November

Medicals and pre-employment checks 

W/C Monday 28 November (over a three-week period)

10-week initial training course

February 2023.

We reserve the right to change or make any additions necessary to the recruitment process during this period.