The application process

Firefighters earn respect by protecting communities and gain responsibility through continual learning and development. They’re part of a tight crew who have each other’s backs, no matter what they are facing. 

This is why we have such a thorough application process. We need to ensure we pick the best people for the job – it can be the difference between life and death. 

Feel free to ask us for feedback email recruiting@fireandemergency.nz.  If you have not progressed past a point so you can come back and try again. We like motivated and proactive candidates who strive to continually learn and grow, as this is key skill for all our Firefighters. 

We don’t give up when the going gets tough, so we hope you don’t either. 

The application process includes the following steps and each step must be completed before progressing to the next step:

1. Attend an Information Session and an Open Day

You are welcome to attend an information session aimed at giving you a good grasp of what the job entails. You will have a chance to speak to current Career Firefighter’s and ask any questions you may have regarding the job.  It will have a set start time. However; you do not need to book.

You can register your interest to attend an Open Day and will be sent an invitation to book into a preferred time slot to come along and try out the Pre-Entry Physical Training Test (PPT)

2. Complete an outline Expression of Interest (EOI)

This is the application stage.

Applications closed at 10am on the 20th August 2018.

3. Take the tests

  • Unsupervised Cognitive Assessment: (COG1) This is an online test that includes a mix of abstract reasoning (problem solving) questions. We've provided some to practice tests help you prepare.
  • Supervised Cognitive Assessment: (COG2) This a 60 question, 30minute timed test that involves questions on abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning.
  • Pre-entry Physical Test (PPT):  This is a physical test with job related tasks, aerobic, strength and endurance tests. You will also be assessed on your ability to work in confined spaces and at heights.
  • Practical Assessment Centre (PAC): There will be a range of rapid-fire tests to view your problem solving, teamwork and communication skills. All the above tests are pass/fail. * You will be asked to complete a Police Vetting form on PAC day. If you do not progress to interview it will be destroyed.

If you pass all three of the above assessments, you'll move onto the to the next stage. – Shortlisted for interview.

  • Personality Assessment: If you have passed the other assessments you will be asked to complete a short Personality Assessment. There are no right or wrong answers. It is not a Pass/Fail test. It is more a guide as to where your strengths might lie.

Testing dates

Testing occurs around the country throughout the year, including weekdays, on weekends and some evenings. See our current testing dates for details.

As you pass each stage an invitation will be sent out to you via email to book onto your preferred time slot for the next stage.

4. Attend a formal interview

At this stage you will be shortlisted for interview.

Once candidates for interview are finalised you will be invited to have a behavioural and situational based interview with an interview panel that may include your new boss, HR partners and other Senior Station Officers. 

This interview will take about 1 hour and we'll be asking questions on the following competencies:

  • Background (Motivation for your application)
  • Problem Solving
  • Perseverance
  • People Relationships
  • Managing Diversity
  • Composure
  • Ethics and Values

Check out some tips on how to prepare for the formal interview. 

5. Undergo checks 

Police vetting

During Practical Assessment Centre day (PAC) day you will have been asked to complete a Police Vetting form. If you are invited to interview this Police Check will get underway.

Make sure there are no surprises at this point by requesting a copy of your own police check before commencing the application process. The Ministry of Justice website has information on getting a copy of your criminal record

Medical check

If you are recommended for employment and a job is available you will be asked to do a medical assessment to access your suitability for a role as an operational Firefighter, and to investigate any potential health related issues prior to employment.

A full medical examination will be paid for by us. You just have to arrange an appointment with your usual Doctor or medical centre. You can find more information about the medical check here.

Reference check

You will be asked to choose two people to be your referees. They will be asked to fill in an online reference about you. Contact details must be provided by the referees as the Region employing you may choose to call your referee to discuss your suitability.

6. Pre-entry Physical Test Revalidation (PPT Reval)

Before you commence your 12week training course you will be asked to attend a PPT Reval to ensure you are maintaining your fitness.

7. Attend a 12-Week training course

Training courses normally commence in January, April, July and September each year. We'll keep in touch with you throughout the process to do our best to meet your preferred start date wherever possible. 

The 12week training course is the most challenging but the most rewarding part of the whole process. It includes studying and practising to develop the mental and physical toughness needed to start work as a firefighter.

We put you up for the duration. Hearty meals and accommodation is provided.

Final acceptance is dependent on successful graduation.