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Firefighter Tests: The ULTIMATE guide for anyone who is serious about passing the selection tests for becoming a Firefighter. It contains lots of sample test questions to assist you during your preparation and provides advice on how to gain higher scores during any of the tests. Created by a former Fire Officer, this comprehensive guide includes: - The purpose of the tests - How to prepare for the tests to ensure success - Gaining higher scores in order to improve career opportunities - Overcoming test nerves - Sample questions for the Working with Numbers test - Understanding information/Situational Awareness and Problem Solving tests - Overcoming test nerves - Alternative testing resources. is the UK leading careers information website. We go to great lengths to find the right people to create our products. Sometimes, we even put a member of our team through a particular selection process so that we can find out exactly what it takes to pass!



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Date de parution 20 novembre 2012
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781909229358
Langue English

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Dear Sir/Madam,
Welcome to your new guide - 'Firefighter Tests'. This guide has beendesigned to help you prepare for the written test element of the nationalfirefighter selection process.
The author of this guide, Richard McMunn, spent over 16 years in the UKFire Service. He worked at many different fire stations at every positionup to Station Manager, and he has also sat on numerous interview panelsassessing potential candidates to join the job. You will find his adviceinvaluable and inspiring in your pursuit to joining what is probably one ofthe most exciting careers available. Whilst the selection process to join theFire Service is highly competitive, there are a number of things you can doin order to improve your chances of success, and they are all containedwithin this guide.
The guide itself has been split up into useful sections to make it easier foryou to prepare for each element of the testing process. Read each sectioncarefully before trying out the different test questions that have beenprovided by the author. Don't ever give up on your dreams; if you reallywant to become a firefighter, then you can do it.
The guide will focus primarily on the firefighter tests that form part of thenational firefighter selection process in the UK. If you need any help withother elements of the selection process, then we offer a wide range ofproducts to assist you, including application form completion, interviewDVD's and even a 1 day firefighter training course. These are all availablethrough our online shop
Once again, thank you for your purchasing this guide and we wish youevery success in your pursuit to becoming a firefighter.
Work hard, stay focused and be what you want...
Best wishes,

The How2become Team
I joined the Fire Service on January the 25th 1993 after completing fouryears in the Fleet Air Arm branch of the Royal Navy. In the build up tojoining the Fire Service I embarked on a comprehensive training programmethat would see me pass the selection process with relative ease. The reasonwhy I passed the selection process with ease was solely due to the amountof preparation and hard work that I had put in during the build up. Yes Iadmit, the written tests were different back then, but the process was stillthe same. When I sat the firefighter tests back in 1992, you had to be competentwith numbers, good with the English language, and also possessan ability to interpret mechanical concepts and patterns. It also helped ifyou were from a military background. In 2010, the year in which I am writingthis guide, you must be competent at different things, and that is what I willconcentrate on during the content of this guide.
So, what qualifies me to help you to pass the firefighter written tests? Well,apart from serving nearly 17 years in the job, I was also heavily involved infirefighter recruitment and training. I have administered the firefighter tests,marked application forms, sat on interview panels and even been an instructoron four firefighter recruit training courses. Therefore, the knowledgeand test questions that I will provide you with, will go a long way to assistingyou during your preparation. I do not claim, however, that the questionsprovided within this guide will be identical to the ones that you will haveto undertake. That would be wrong, and it would not help you to developthe right skills and qualities that are required to become a firefighter. Thepurpose of this guide, apart from providing you with a host of sample testquestions, is to help you to understand why the Fire Service asks you thequestions that they do. If you understand why they ask these types ofquestions, then your chances of passing the tests will greatly increase.
I have always been a great believer in preparation. Preparation was mykey to success, and it is also yours. Without the right level of preparationyou will be setting out on the route to failure. The Fire Service is very hardto join, but if you follow the steps that I have compiled within this guidethen you will increase your chances of passing the written test element ofselection dramatically. Remember, you are learning how to be a successfulcandidate, not a successful firefighter. That will come later.
I make no excuses for stating that, in order to prepare effectively for thefirefighter written tests, you must learn and understand thoroughly the Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs) that are relevant to the role ofa firefighter. This is simply because some of the questions, especially thosewithin the situational awareness and problem solving test, the personalityquestionnaire and the understanding information test, are based around thePQA's. If you know the PQA's inside out, then the answers to the questionswill be easier to identify - in some cases they will even jump out at you!
In addition to learning the PQA's I also recommend that you becomeproficient in the use of basic numerical arithmetic. Firefighters need tobe competent in the use of numbers, including addition, subtraction,multiplication and division. After all, your life and that of others could oneday become dependant on your ability to carry out simple basic numericalcalculations, whilst under pressure.
So, let's get started and take a look at the different types of tests that theFire Service uses in order to assess firefighter applicants.
Best wishes,

Richard McMunn
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained withinthis guide is accurate at the time of publication. How2become Ltd arenot responsible for anyone failing any part of any selection process as aresult of the information contained within this guide. How2become Ltd andtheir authors cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissionswithin this guide, however caused. No responsibility for loss or damageoccasioned by any person acting, or refraining from action, as a result ofthe material in this publication can be accepted by How2become Ltd.
The information within this guide does not represent the views of any thirdparty service or organisation.

The firefighter selection process involves a number of different writtentests. These tests usually consist of multiple-choice questions, which aredesigned to assess a candidate's ability and aptitude for becoming acompetent firefighter. The tests themselves will normally be carried outat a local test centre or Fire Service establishment and will take approximatelythree hours to complete. You will receive full details about thetests prior to the test day.
The firefighter written tests are split into two different categories as follows:
1. Ability tests Working with numbers; Understanding information; Situational awareness and problem solving.
2. The National Firefighter Questionnaire
This questionnaire has been designed so as to provide information on your style and your behaviour. The Fire Service will use this information,along with the other results of your tests, to determine whether or not youare suitable to become a firefighter. I have found over the years that manypeople struggle with this part of the test. The questions often repeat themselvesthroughout the questionnaire, albeit in a slightly different manner.One of the most effective ways to understand this type of test is to fullylearn the PQA's. If you know them, then you will fully understand thestyle and behaviour that the Fire Service is looking for from successfulapplicants; more on this later.
Before we take a look at a number of different sample test questions, letus explore why the Fire Service are assessing you by using ability testsand a questionnaire. By understanding why they are assessing you in thismanner will serve to help you pass the tests. If I was preparing for thefirefighter written tests today, I would first of all ask myself the following twoquestions:
Q1. Why is the Fire Service assessing me in these areas?
Q2. What would they expect to see from successful candidates?
I will now write down my perceived answers to these questions, and I getthe following responses:
A1. The Fire Service want to be sure that I am capable of working with numbersin a fast and competent manner, because this is what firefighters arerequired to do as part of their role. They must use calculations effectively,especially when using breathing apparatus and operating the pump on afire engine. Whilst I don't need to be a mathematics professor, I

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