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    Hi bret,
    Think you do 3 days at Holton, then interview is the acceptance interview. Where you do you're attestation ect,
    Then off to training.

    Mike
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    Yes that sounds right mike, or so I've been led to believe. Just have to wait for definite dates to be sure.

    Thanks, Dean
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    I'm the same won't be fully satisfied until live got that piece of paper in my hand! Fingers crossed anyway will be good to be in training with you guys!

    All the best, mike
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    Thanks for clearing that up for me guys! It was a real pleasure meeting you and hope we get into training together! Hope you both have a great summer before the training starts!
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    Hey Guys,
    I passed too! Got a bit worried last night when you ll said you'd heard so rang up this morning to get the great news!!!
    Sooo Happy!
    Well Done to you all too
    My fb is Charlotte Hingley, dean I couldn't find you on fb?!

    Charlie x
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    Hi everyone.

    I'm glad that you all have had some good news, well done! I am just filling out my application for the role as we speak. Just wondering on the time scale it took for you all to get to the stage you are at from submitting the application...if that makes sense.

    Would be great for to hear from you guys.

    Cheers

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    Hi Charlie!

    Really glad that you passed, that's really awesome news! Have you had any dates through yet? Would be great if some of us ended up at Halton together!

    Take it easy! Bret
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    Hi Andy!

    Good luck with your application mate! It's taken me just under a year to get to this stage (that's application, airman selection test, an interview, two medicals and 3days at Manston!) a long old process mate but all the best with your application! Any questions just ask!

    Bret
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    Alright lads,

    I've got my PRS on the 23rd of June so just a few weeks away now. Congratulations to those of you that have passed it. Wondered if I could ask a few questions whilst the experience is fresh in your mind... Any answers to these will be greatly appreciated!

    1. What's the 5 minute presentation like in terms of difficulty and content? I wouldn't consider myself a natural group speaker.

    2. I've been revising a bit for the written assessment but what things should I focus on as it's a bit vague?

    3. I've been training hard and been to a local fire station to practice hose running. When I did this running 6 hoses in 8 minute seemed quite hard... How many did people do on average? And can I put the hose on it's side and pat it down to straighten it up mid-rolling?

    4. I passed the first interview fairly easily and told there wasn't anything he could pick me up on.. How similar is the specialist interview to the first one? Anything you can recommend to prepare for this and how was it for you?

    Also any other tips or advice feel free to throw my way

    Thanks in advance,
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    Hi Aaron!

    Firstly the presentation is about yourself, we were given various headings (not sure if these change for every group) but it's pretty much about you, family, work etc! You need to make it last 5mins though!

    There is a page on the net with the history of the RAF fire service, just read that and they will also give you a study pack on day 1 of PRS.

    As for hose rolling, you only need to roll it out and then straight back up. You can put the hose on it's side to even it out but you want to try and get 8 rolls! It's max effort, really tough and you will be in FF kit! I'm almost 33 mate and I did it, just work hard!

    With regards to your interview, it really is very chilled out and I had mine with the FLT SGT! My first interview at AFCO was much worse!!! Just be honest, learn about bases which have aircraft stationed at them, bases out of the country and know why you want to join!

    Also, make sure you can do the required amount of sit ups press ups. They will fail you even if your a few short and you've already done well in other areas!

    Hope this helps and best of luck!
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    (Original post by Critchley)
    Hi Aaron!

    Firstly the presentation is about yourself, we were given various headings (not sure if these change for every group) but it's pretty much about you, family, work etc! You need to make it last 5mins though!

    There is a page on the net with the history of the RAF fire service, just read that and they will also give you a study pack on day 1 of PRS.

    As for hose rolling, you only need to roll it out and then straight back up. You can put the hose on it's side to even it out but you want to try and get 8 rolls! It's max effort, really tough and you will be in FF kit! I'm almost 33 mate and I did it, just work hard!

    With regards to your interview, it really is very chilled out and I had mine with the FLT SGT! My first interview at AFCO was much worse!!! Just be honest, learn about bases which have aircraft stationed at them, bases out of the country and know why you want to join!

    Also, make sure you can do the required amount of sit ups press ups. They will fail you even if your a few short and you've already done well in other areas!

    Hope this helps and best of luck!
    That's brilliant thanks very much for that Critchley.

    I'm nearly 23 and running 1.5 mile in under 10 minutes so I don't have any excuses really. I think it will come down to purely how hard I'm willing to work! I'm keen though so hopefully that will come across.

    With the hose can I get someone to stand on the end of it as I run it out? I think I'll go back to the local fire station for another crack at it 1 week before I go Manston.

    I can comfortably do the required amount of press ups and sit ups, the cardio is the harder part for me, but cheers for the heads up.

    Congratulations again on passing it yourself. I've already been told by my AFCO that if I pass I'll be starting training in November so you never know I could be at Halton with some of you!
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    No worries and the best of luck! Yeah it's all about enthusiasm and pushing yourself, don't give up no matter how tired you are.

    You do pretty much everything in pairs, so someone will stand on the hose as you roll it out and take their foot off when you start rolling it up.

    Keep up the running mate, you only have to score 9.10 on the bleep test but you want to be getting 12 really. Don't just go for the pass rates, always try to do as much as you can.

    Thanks very much, all the best to you too and maybe see you around Halton.

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    Cheers buddy you've put my mind at rest! I'll remember that when I do another practice sesh on the hose soon. It's bloody hot in full fftr kit though isn't it haha. I'll keep nailing the fitness as well, feeling pretty confident now and I've always been one to push myself so we'll see how things go and I'll post on here at the end of June if I pass. What was the average people got on the bleep test, hose runs, and muscular endurance tests? Oh and 1 last question how many people was in the group in total ?

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    Your not wrong mate, I was sweating buckets when doing the hose rolling. Lol! I think hose runs you want around 7 but would really push for 8, press ups & sit ups around the 50 mark and prob 11.5/12 on bleep test but obviously go for max effort every time!

    I think the groups are around about 20 people but a few didn't show, 3 people failed the fitness test and one didn't like the cages so left after the first day. Yeah let us know how you get on, all the best buddy!

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    hi im hoping to be put forward for FF selection, find out Wednesday dependant on AST2 results (already passed for FF) but they want me to do AST 2 to see if i can get an extra maths point :/ for admin or hospitality, im 33 and jobs are very limited for me. maths is not my strong point.

    I was told the pass or fail elements are

    9.1 bleep min not 9.10
    19 press ups min
    30 sit ups min
    leg lock (ladder)
    rat run
    and 6 hose runs in 8 mins min

    all these minimum but of course its best effort not give up after 19 press ups or hitting 9.1 on the bleep.

    I am wondering about the hose running and if you have to run back to 'under run' the hose after running it out or do you just put it to straighten it up and roll it back. the civvy fire service you have to run it out, run back to under run, run back to straighten then run it back up, and no one will stand on the hose for you at the start.

    also does anyone know how often these selections go on if i had an interview say in two weeks to see about being put on the selection how long would i expect to wait, the careers office dont seem to be helpful at answering .

    thanks guys
 
 
 
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