Firefighter Selection Process

The general selection process / stages of firefighter recruitment competitions can vary between different city and county council competitions. Below outlines the general selection stages for Firefighter recruitment campaigns.  However, the order of these can vary between competitions as each council is responsible for their own recruitment.


Phase 1

Application Form / Expression of Interest

Review the Information Booklet in full & Complete Online Application Form. Candidates generally apply online when applications open and are usually provided with a Information Booklet. 

Phase 2

Psychometric Tests 

Eligible candidates will be required to undergo a Psychometric/Aptitude assessment for the position.

Phase 3

Application Form

Candidates who reach this phase of the competition will be required to complete a more detailed application form and submit it to the City Council Phase Four

Phase 4


The top group of candidates will be invited to a competency based interview organised by the recruiting Council. They will be invited to undergo a competitive competency based interview the results of which will be used to determine the panel from which vacancies, as may occur within the lifetime of the panel, may be filled.

Phase 5

Following the interviews a Panel will be formed on which successful candidates will be ranked in Order of Merit.

Phase 6

Candidates will be called from the panel in the order in which they are placed. Each candidate called from the panel will be required to undertake a medical assessment designed to ensure that the candidate has satisfactory general health, hearing and vision. (For additional information on the medical assessment see pages 9 to 10)

Phase 7

Candidates who successfully complete the medical assessment will be required to undertake a Candidate Physical Screening Assessment (CPSA). This process will assess candidates to ensure they have the required standard of physical fitness, strength and the capability to operate as a Firefighter. 

Applicants will, on successful completion of all the above stages, and subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting, references and meeting the qualifications will be required to successfully complete an appropriate period of training.

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