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Helping you get firefighter fit

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has launched a brand new guide to help applicants reach the required standard to become a firefighter.

The 17 page guide, which features a range of information about the National Firefighter Selection Tests and the seven physical assessments which form it, is designed to support applicants in creating a personal training programme.

Starting from the very first warm-up, the guide offers various tips on how to improve both aerobic fitness and strength.

Whether you’re thinking of applying to become a firefighter or even just want to stick to a New Year’s Resolution to get fitter, the guide will help improve your fitness and give you something to aim for this year. 

The exercises can all be completed at home (all you need is dumbbells or a barbell) and by running outside.

You can read the guide online or download a copy to keep

For more fitness advice, check out our fitness team’s Instagram page: instagram.com/ecfrs_fitness


If you've been thinking about becoming a firefighter for a while why not come and try the tests yourself? Come along to one of our firefighter taster sessions to find out more about the role and try out some of the physical tests you’d need to perform during recruitment and training. Our firefighters and fitness advisors will all be on hand to offer advice and support.

Tickets are limited and must be booked via Eventbrite:

Saturday 26 January, 11.30-1.30pm: Mixed-gender  - FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 26 January, 2-4pm: Mixed-gender - book now

Please ensure you bring a drink and wear sportswear on the day. 

There is no parking at the venue - please plan your journey before you arrive and park considerately. 

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