The final validations ensure applicants are suitable for employment as a firefighter.
The panel interview is in front of a panel of three to four members. You must provide your CV prior to the panel interview.
Physical Workplace Capacity Assessment
The Physical Workplace Capacity Assessment (PWCA) is designed to simulate tasks performed by firefighters. Applicants are required to perform the tasks multiple times. The outcome of the PWCA is provided to the medical practitioner and is considered part of your medical assessment.
The Driving Validation is overseen by Driving Instructors from the DFES Fire and Emergency Services Academy of WA.
These examinations, undertaken by a medical practitioner appointed by DFES, are designed to reveal any conditions that would prevent or hinder an applicant from effectively carrying out firefighting duties and which may put the individual, colleagues, or others at risk.
There are some conditions that may rule you out from being successful, but each assessment is made on a case by case basis. Conditions that may hinder your ability to carry out firefighter tasks include:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Joint replacement
- Degenerative arthritis
- Colour vision deficiencies
- Hearing Loss
When requested, applicants are required to obtain their:
- National Police Certificate
- Working with Children Check
All applicants must undergo referee checks.