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Descriptions & Duties

  • Firemen are mainly deployed on carrying out operational/ marine duties, for example, fire-fighting and rescuing work, and take part in fire protection duties. They are subject to discipline, and are required to work shifts and wear uniform.
    They are responsible for driving fire trucks;
    fighting fires using water hoses, water pumps and fire extinguishers etc.;
    using special equipment to clear up hazardous materials;
    rescuing people in burning buildings or other emergency situations;
    preventing the spread of dangerous substances in case of fires or accidents;
    using tools to break through debris;
    educating the public on fire prevention;
    performing equipment maintenance;
    participating in physical training activities;
    participating in fire drills.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Firefighting knowledge and skills

Firemen must understand the theory of combustion, the principles of fire fighting and the skills of various fire extinguishing tools, so as to effectively extinguish fires.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Attained Level 2 in 5 subjects (including English and Chinese) at DSE

Other specific requirements

  • Passed the Eyesight, Fitness & Aptitude Tests.

Career Path & Salary

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale Point 5-16

Monthly Salary Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale Point 17-26

Monthly Salary Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale Point 26-32

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Work Environment

  • Firemen work 24-hour shifts on duty, and are off in the following 48 or 72 hours. They remain on call at fire station. They perform physically demanding tasks. They often encounter dangerous situations. They must wear protective gear.


  • Combustible gas detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire hoses or nozzles
  • Handsaws
  • Hazardous material protective apparel
  • Ladders
  • Life safety ropes; Self-rescue ropes
  • Non-sparking hammers
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Protective fire helmets
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective hoods
  • Radio communications systems
  • Radio frequency identification RFID devices
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Utility knives
  • Water pumps
  • Wire cutters

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