The firefighting aptitude test is a mandatory exam that needs to be taken by those who want to become fire fighters. Though it can be a little challenging, the right amount of preparation goes a long way in ensuring success. Here is a look at the format and content of this test.
The exact format varies according to the Fire department to which you are applying. Contact your local fire department for the updated format. In general though, the paper will contain 100 -150 questions that are divided into 7 sections. The allotted time is about 2 – 2.5 hours. Questions are usually multiple choice in nature with some being true/false type.
The test is divided into 7 different sections:
- Mathematical Reasoning: This will contain basic numeracy, graph reading and speed-distance type problems. This basic mathematical reasoning is considered essential for a firefighter, as they have to make quick decisions on the job to choose the right equipment.
- Mechanical Reasoning: This section tests the ability of the candidate to understand the functions and applications of the various tools used by fire fighters. There will be questions regarding the working and mechanism of tools like the pulleys, hoses, gears and motors.
- Comprehension Reading: This section will test how well the candidate is able to come to conclusion from a give material. There will usually be a reading passage (fire-related scenario) followed by questions pertaining to it.
- Situational Judgment: It tests the candidate’s decision-making abilities when faced with a serious dilemma. It usually involves the candidate being given a typical firefighting practice and being asked why this protocol is used. This judgment is essential for firefighters, as they will always have to make decisions in the face of difficult situations.
- Spatial Orientation: Good spatial orientation is an important skill as it determines their ability to get from one point to another in the most efficient manner. In these situations, quick and accurate movement can save time, which is essential in rescue operations. This section will usually have a map with questions on how to navigate through it.
- Personality: There are certain personality traits common among people who are drawn towards jobs that involve rescue operations. This part of the test checks to see if the candidate has a similar personality and can be considered for the role of a firefighter.
- Observation and Memory: good memory is another very important trait that every good firefighter is expected to have. When entering a fire scene, it is essential that a firefighter is able to latch on to details and remember the arrangement of the environment. Escape routes also need to be memorized quickly and efficiently. This segment in the test will usually involve the candidate have to memorize certain details and then being asked about it in the form of multiple-choice questions.
This is the general format of the firefighting aptitude test, but the exact details can vary from one area to another. The best thing is to contact the fire station you are interested in working for and get a sample exam paper from them.