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Firemen

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 General Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale Point 4-14

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale Point 15-23

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Rank and File) Pay Scale Point 24-29

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 5

Monthly Salary General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale Point 5-21

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.
http://www.csb.gov.hk/english/admin/pay/952.html

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.

Tools

  • 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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