Group Assessment

The Group Assessment component of the firefighter recruitment process is designed to assess those competencies that are seen as important for recruit firefighters. These competencies, listed below, are essential to succeed both as a recruit and as a firefighter:

  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving


The Group Assessment consists of a series of short activities that provide the applicants with the chance to display the above competencies in a variety of situations, these include:

  • Personal introduction
  • Group discussion
  • Individual presentation
  • Problem solving activities
  • Written Incident Brief

Each applicant is assessed on the relevant competencies in each of the exercises and is rated by the selection panel.  Panel members are looking at your ability to talk and engage with your peers, how you interact with others and your ability to interpret information received.


There is no requirement for prior knowledge regarding the activities undertaken as full instructions will be provided on the day.

Applicants can prepare for these activities by practicing the following:

  • Communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Presentation skills
  • Team work skills
  • Writing skills
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