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The entry requirements and the selection process for applicants to join the fire service are standard or variable?


CountryNo.last updateremark
AustriaStandard0000-00-00
Belgium Variable
0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic Standard
0000-00-00
DenmarkVariable0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
FinlandStandard0000-00-00
FranceStandard0000-00-00
GermanyVariable0000-00-00
Greece Standard
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International Variable
0000-00-00
IrelandVariable0000-00-00
ItalyStandard0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgVariable0000-00-00
NetherlandsVariable0000-00-00
NorwayVariable0000-00-00
PolandStandard0000-00-00
PortugalVariable0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaVariable0000-00-00
Spain Variable
0000-00-00
SwedenVariable0000-00-00Remark:
United Kingdom Variable
0000-00-00



Who pays for the costs of the selection process ?


CountryNo.last updateremark
AustriaMunicipal authorities0000-00-00
Belgium Municipal authorities
0000-00-00Remark:
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic The Fire Service
0000-00-00
DenmarkMunicipal authorities0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
FinlandThe Fire Service0000-00-00
FranceCounty/Regional authorities0000-00-00
GermanyThe Fire Service0000-00-00
Greece National authorities
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International The Fire Service
0000-00-00
IrelandCounty/Regional authorities0000-00-00
ItalyNational authorities0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgMunicipal authorities0000-00-00
NetherlandsMunicipal authorities0000-00-00
NorwayThe Fire Service0000-00-00
PolandThe Fire Service0000-00-00
PortugalMunicipal authorities0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaThe Fire Service0000-00-00
Spain The Fire Service
0000-00-00
SwedenThe Fire Service0000-00-00
United Kingdom The Fire Service
0000-00-00



How is the selection process regulated ?


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austriamunicipal law or regulations0000-00-00Remark:
Belgium municipal law or regulations
0000-00-00Remark:
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic national law
0000-00-00
Denmarkmunicipal law or regulations0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finlandnational law0000-00-00
Francenational law0000-00-00
Germanymunicipal regulations0000-00-00
Greece national law
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International national law
0000-00-00
Irelandnational law0000-00-00
Italy national la0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgnational law
municipal law or regulations
0000-00-00
Netherlandsmunicipal law or regulations0000-00-00
Norwaymunicipal law or regulations0000-00-00Remark:
Polandnational law0000-00-00Remark:
Portugalregional law
municipal law or regulations
0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaThere are no prescribed methods to test the suitability of the applicant0000-00-00
Spain regional law
municipal law or regulations
0000-00-00
Swedenmunicipal law or regulations0000-00-00
United Kingdom national law
0000-00-00



Are applicants to join the fire service required to produce medical evidence of their fitness to undertake the physical test in the selection process ?


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austriano0000-00-00
Belgiumyes0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republicno0000-00-00
Denmarkyes0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finlandyes0000-00-00
Franceyes0000-00-00Remark:
Germanyno0000-00-00
GreeceYes, they have medical tests in military hospital
1-x-rays
2-heart tests
3-blood analysis
4-eyes
5-ears
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
Internationalyes0000-00-00
Irelandyes0000-00-00
Italyyes0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes0000-00-00
Netherlandsyes0000-00-00
Norwayno0000-00-00Remark:
Polandyes0000-00-00Remark:
Portugalyes0000-00-00
Slovakia
Sloveniano0000-00-00
SpainYes0000-00-00
Swedenyes0000-00-00
United Kingdomyes0000-00-00



Who can certify this medical evidence ? (Ref.: question 63)


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austria-0000-00-00
Belgium Health authority (medical officer)
Fire department doctor
0000-00-00Remark:
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech RepublicN/A: applicants are not required to produce medical evidence of their fitness to undertake the physical test in the selection process0000-00-00
DenmarkAny Danish doctor.0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
FinlandWork doctor
Fire department doctor
0000-00-00
FranceFire department doctor0000-00-00
GermanyWork doctor0000-00-00
Greece Fire department doctor
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International Fire department doctor
0000-00-00
IrelandFire department doctor0000-00-00
Italy Family docto0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgWork doctor
Fire department doctor
Doctor of the municipality
0000-00-00
NetherlandsAny physician0000-00-00
NorwayAny doctor0000-00-00
Polandspecial medical commision0000-00-00
PortugalFamily doctor0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaApplicants are not required to produce medical evidence.0000-00-00
Spain Work doctor
0000-00-00
SwedenHealth authority (medical officer)0000-00-00
United Kingdom Fire department doctor
0000-00-00



Are applicants covered by any insurance whilst undertaking the selection process?


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austriano0000-00-00
Belgiumyes0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republicno0000-00-00
Denmarkyes0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finlandyes0000-00-00
Franceyes0000-00-00Remark:
Germanyno0000-00-00
GreeceNo0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
Internationalyes0000-00-00
Irelandyes0000-00-00
Italyno0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes0000-00-00
Netherlandsyes0000-00-00
Norwayno0000-00-00Remark:
Polandno0000-00-00
Portugalyes0000-00-00
Slovakia
Sloveniano0000-00-00
SpainYes0000-00-00
Swedenyes0000-00-00
United Kingdomyes0000-00-00



What is the approximate ratio of applicants to vacancies (based in 1996)?


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austria5/10000-00-00
Belgium 10/1
0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic 10/1
0000-00-00
Denmark5/10000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finland10/10000-00-00
France5/10000-00-00
Germany25/10000-00-00
Greece 10/1
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International> 50 / 10000-00-00
Ireland5/10000-00-00
Italy> 50 / 10000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg10/10000-00-00
Netherlands5/10000-00-00
Norway> 50 / 10000-00-00
Poland25/10000-00-00
Portugal50/10000-00-00
Slovakia
Slovenia25/10000-00-00
Spain 25/1
0000-00-00
Sweden50/10000-00-00
United Kingdom> 50 / 10000-00-00



When the number of applicants is very large, which is the restrictive test or method used to reduce this number ?


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austriaranking dependent on the results os the tests0000-00-00
Belgium Exams
0000-00-00Remark:
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech RepublicPhysical tests and decision making via application form0000-00-00
DenmarkInterview, Test [only in Copenhagen]0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finland Professional experienc0000-00-00
Franceby competion0000-00-00
GermanyProfessional experience
Exams
Place of residence in the surroundings
Age
Particularly desired profession
0000-00-00
Greece1-Degree of diploma
2-medical tests
3-physical tests
4- IQ tests
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International0000-00-00
IrelandAptitude test0000-00-00
ItalyMultiple Choice0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgExams
Others
Particularly desired profession
0000-00-00Remark:
NetherlandsPart-time Volunteers: level of education and interview
Professionals: the same plus physical test
0000-00-00
NorwayArbitrary via application form0000-00-00
Polandnot applicable0000-00-00
PortugalProfessionals Physical and interview tests
Volunteer no request
0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaProfessional experience
Place of residence in the surroundings
Age
Others
0000-00-00Remark:
Spain not applicable
0000-00-00
SwedenInterview
medical
physical and aptitude test
0000-00-00
United Kingdom0000-00-00



What is the first test that the applicant must undertake during the selection process:


CountryNo.last updateremark
AustriaTheory
Psychometric test
Spelling (Orthography)
Mathmatics
0000-00-00
Belgium Others
0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic Sports test
Medical check
0000-00-00
DenmarkThe selection process consists only on an interview and a final judgement. The interview is worked out and carried through by the Fire Chief, the personnel manager of the fire brigade or both of them.0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
FinlandOthers0000-00-00
FranceMedical check0000-00-00
GermanyTheory0000-00-00
Greece Sports test
Medical check
0000-00-00Remark:
Hungary0000-00-00
International Others
0000-00-00
IrelandAptitude / physical test0000-00-00
ItalyPsychometric test0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgMedical check0000-00-00
NetherlandsVolunteers: interview - medical test
Professionals: interview - interview (different interviews)
0000-00-00
NorwayInterview - physical tests and tests towards capability to climb high and stay in narrow rooms.0000-00-00
PolandInterview0000-00-00
PortugalEnglish tests (spoken and written), other languages0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaIt depends on criteria of the different fire brigades (sports test or interview)0000-00-00
Spain Sports test
0000-00-00Remark:
SwedenInterview
Medical check
0000-00-00
United Kingdom Others
0000-00-00



The selection process satisfies...


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austriasatisfies current and future predicted vacancy levels0000-00-00
Belgium satisfies current and future predicted vacancy levels
0000-00-00Remark:
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic only satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time
0000-00-00
Denmarkonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finlandonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Franceonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Germany... current and future predicted vacancy levels0000-00-00
Greece only satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International satisfies current and future predicted vacancy levels
0000-00-00
Irelandsatisfies current and future predicted vacancy levels0000-00-00
Italyonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Netherlandsonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Norwayonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Polandonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Portugalonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Slovakia
Sloveniaonly satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time0000-00-00
Spain only satisfies actual vacancy requirements at the time
0000-00-00
Swedensatisfies current and future predicted vacancy levels0000-00-00
United Kingdom satisfies current and future predicted vacancy levels
0000-00-00



When the number of successful applicants is higher than the available vacancies at the time, how are the excess retained ?


CountryNo.last updateremark
AustriaRanking dependend on the results of the test0000-00-00
Belgium Other
0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic Unpaid and kept on a waiting list
0000-00-00
DenmarkDiffers from fire brigade to fire brigade0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
FinlandThey are not retained0000-00-00
FranceUnpaid and kept on a waiting list0000-00-00Remark:
GermanyThey are not retained0000-00-00
Greece They are not retained
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International Unpaid and kept on a waiting list
0000-00-00
IrelandUnpaid and kept on a waiting list0000-00-00
ItalyUnpaid and kept on a waiting list0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgThey are not retained0000-00-00
NetherlandsUnpaid and kept on a waiting list0000-00-00
NorwayThey are not retained0000-00-00
PolandThey are not retained0000-00-00
PortugalThey are not retained0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaApplicants must apply again in every open vacancy0000-00-00
Spain They are not retained
0000-00-00
SwedenUnpaid and kept on a waiting list0000-00-00
United Kingdom Unpaid and kept on a waiting list
0000-00-00



Is the basic recruit course part of the selection process ?


CountryNo.last updateremark
Austriano0000-00-00
Belgiumno0000-00-00Remark:
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republicno0000-00-00
Denmarkno0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
Finlandno0000-00-00
Franceno0000-00-00
Germanyno0000-00-00
GreeceNo0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
Internationalno0000-00-00
Irelandyes0000-00-00
Italyno0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgno0000-00-00
Netherlandsno0000-00-00
Norwayno0000-00-00
Polandno0000-00-00
Portugalno0000-00-00
Slovakia
Sloveniano0000-00-00
SpainYes0000-00-00Remark:
Swedenyes0000-00-00
United Kingdomno0000-00-00



Selection board is usually formed by...


CountryNo.last updateremark
AustriaFire officers
Unions delegates
0000-00-00Remark:
Belgium Fire officers
Others
0000-00-00
Croatia0000-00-00
Cyprus0000-00-00
Czech Republic Fire officers
0000-00-00
DenmarkFire officers
Union delegates
Other service personnel
0000-00-00
Estonia0000-00-00
FinlandFire officers
Politicans
0000-00-00
FranceFire officers
Unions delegates
Other fire service personnel
0000-00-00
GermanyFire officers
Union's delegates
Others
0000-00-00Remark:
Greece Fire officers
0000-00-00
Hungary0000-00-00
International Others
0000-00-00
IrelandFire officers
Other services personnel
0000-00-00Remark:
ItalyFire officers. For examining future fire service officers the presence of university professors is also required (about 30% of selection board)0000-00-00
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgFire officers
Lawyers
Others
0000-00-00Remark:
NetherlandsFor volunteers: 20% Fire officers
80% Unions delegates
For professionals: 20% Fire officers
50% Unions delegates
30% Other services personnel
0000-00-00
NorwayFire officers
Unions delegates
0000-00-00Remark:
PolandFire officers0000-00-00Remark:
PortugalFire officers
Other fire service personnel
0000-00-00
Slovakia
SloveniaFire officers0000-00-00Remark:
Spain Fire officers
Unions delegates
Politicans
Lawyers
0000-00-00Remark:
SwedenFire officer
Unions delegate
1 personnel-officer
1 physical instructor
0000-00-00
United Kingdom Others
0000-00-00



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