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Tips for applying for Station Officer (Operational)

    For details of Tips 1 to 4, "Submit an application", "Prepare for the Preliminary Eyesight Test", "Prepare for the Physical Fitness Tests and Job-related Performance Tests" and "Prepare for Written Aptitude Test", please refer to another Govjob story Tips for applying for Fireman / Firewoman (Operational/Marine)     Tip 5: Prepare for Preliminary AssessmentThe Preliminary Assessment is split into two parts: Impromptu Talk, and Group Discussion. Candidates have to present the original copy of the certificates for verification.    Tip 6: Prepare for Written Assessment, and Leadership ExerciseCandidates who have passed the Preliminary Assessment would be invited to attend the Written Assessment and Leadership Exercise. Task completion is not the only criterion. Candidates should try to display several other qualities to the examiners, including the ability to maintain team spirit, effective communication, adaptability to change, and persistence.    Tip 7: Prepare for Final AssessmentCandidates who have passed the Written Assessment and Leadership Exercise would be invited to attend the Final Assessment. The assessment board would evaluate a candidate’s overall ability by asking a series of questions which focuses on different areas, including intelligence, reasoning power, judgement, general knowledge and common sense, officer potential and knowledge of the job.   For more details about the recruitment of Station Officer, please visit the website of the Fire Services Department, or call the recruitment hotline 2733 7673.

Tips for applying for Ambulance Officer

    For details of Tips 1 to 4, "Submit an application", "Prepare for the Preliminary Eyesight Test", "Prepare for the Physical Fitness Tests and Job-related Performance Tests" and "Prepare for Written Aptitude Test", please refer to another Govjob story Tips for applying for Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman     Tip 5: Prepare for Preliminary AssessmentThe Preliminary Assessment is split into two parts: Impromptu Talk, and Group Discussion. The candidates have to present the original copy of the certificates for verification.    Tip 6: Prepare for Written Assessment, Leadership Exercise and Practical ExerciseCandidates who have passed the Preliminary Assessment would be invited to attend the Written Assessment, Leadership Exercise and Practical Exercise. Task completion is not the only criterion. Candidates should try to display several other qualities to the examiners, including the ability to maintain team spirit, effective communication, adaptability to change, and persistence.   For more details about the recruitment of Ambulance Officer, please visit the website of the Fire Services Department, or call the recruitment hotline 2733 7673.

Tips for applying for Ambulanceman / Ambulancewoman

    Tip 1: Submit an applicationAfter you have submitted the application by mail or online and are deemed qualified, you will receive a confirmation email. Please mark down the date and time clearly and arrive at the examination venue at least 15 minutes earlier.    Tip 2: Prepare for the Preliminary Eyesight TestThe Preliminary Eyesight Test requires the candidate to identify a set of English letters at a distance of 6 metres.    >>>Video of recruitment tips - Preparation     Tip 3: Prepare for the Physical Fitness Tests and Job-related Performance TestsCandidates who apply for the post of Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman need to complete 8 sets of physical exercises and 4 sets of Job-related Performance Tests. Candidates are suggested to have enough rest before the tests, and not to do exercise with an empty stomach.    Tips and description of the Physical Fitness Test i. Yo-Yo Endurance TestA candidate is required to run to and fro between two markers positioned 20 metres apart. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: Level 7.1 (equal to 50 times 20m running distance)   ii. Pronated chin-up (60 Seconds)A candidate is required to hold the horizontal bar with shoulder width by pronated grip to perform chin-up actions within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 2 counts   iii. Vertical JumpA candidate standing with the preferred shoulder adjacent to a wall and feet flat on the floor reaches as high as possible to touch the wall. Starting point (standing reach height) represents the distance from the wall mark (middle finger) to the floor, recorded in centimetres (cm). The difference in distance between the standing reach height and the jumping height is the score. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 43 cm   iv. Parallel Bar Dip (60 Seconds)A candidate is required to perform dip actions on parallel bars within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 7 counts   v. Bent-knee Sit-Ups (60 Seconds)A candidate is required to perform smooth sit-up actions within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 31 counts   vi. Push Up (60 seconds)A candidate is required to perform push-up actions within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 30 counts   vii. Sit and ReachA candidate sitting on the floor is required to push a scale rider with his/her fingers as far forward as possible and hold the position for 3 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 21 cm   viii. Burpee (60 seconds)A candidate is required to perform smooth burpee actions progressively within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 23 counts       Job-related Performance Tests for Applicants for Posts in Ambulance Stream i. Stair ClimbA candidate, wearing an ambulance helmet and a fully loaded ambulance rucksack, with one hand carrying a defibrillator and the other a fully loaded trauma kit, is required to proceed upstairs from the ground floor to the third storey of a building.✅Passing Mark: Within 22 seconds   ii. Locate EquipmentA candidate, wearing an ambulance helmet, is required to complete the following steps:1. sit in the front passenger seat of an ambulance with the seat belt fastened; 2. get out of the cabin and close the door with a hand holding the grip; 3. proceed to the rear of the ambulance and step on every step to re-enter the ambulance from the rear; 4. retrieve a designated object with one hand while the other holding the handrail and with both feet touching the floor of the ambulance; 5. using the same steps, step on every step to leave the ambulance from the rear; and 6. proceed to an end line 10 metres at the front of the ambulance.✅Passing Mark: Within 19 seconds   iii. Peg TestA candidate is required to complete the following steps:1. stand erect inside an ambulance with one hand holding the handrail and the other fully touching the peg-board placed on the stretcher and with both feet touching the floor; 2. pick up and place a peg into the hole of a peg-board; 3. repeat step (2) until all 10 pegs are in position; and 4. on completion, place the free hand on the top of the peg-board.✅Passing Mark: Within 24.5 seconds   iv. Obstacle CourseA candidate, wearing an ambulance helmet and a fully loaded ambulance rucksack and carrying a fully loaded trauma kit, is required to proceed a 10-metre distance involving step-in and step-out of three tyres and passing under a gateway on his/her way to the end line.✅Passing Mark: Within 5 seconds       Tip 4: Prepare for Written Aptitude TestThe Written Aptitude Test is divided into 4 categories of multiple-choice questions. Candidates for Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman will be tested on 3 of them, namely Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning and Mechanical Reasoning.    >>>Video of recruitment tip - Written Aptitude Test For more details about the recruitment of Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman, please visit the website of the Fire Services Department, or enquire through the recruitment hotline: 2733 7673.

Tips for applying for Fireman / Firewoman (Operational/Marine)

    Tip 1: Submit an applicationAfter you have submitted the application by mail or online and are deemed qualified, you will receive a confirmation email. Please mark down the date and time clearly and arrive at the examination venue at least 15 minutes earlier.    Tip 2: Prepare for the Preliminary Eyesight TestThe Preliminary Eyesight Test requires the candidate to identify a set of English letters at a distance of 6 metres.    >>>Video of recruitment tips - Preparation     Tip 3: Prepare for the Physical Fitness Tests and Job-related Performance TestsCandidates who apply for Fireman / Firewoman (Operational/Marine) need to complete 8 sets of physical exercises and 4 sets of Job-related Performance Tests. Candidates are suggested to have enough rest before the tests and not to do exercise with an empty stomach.    Tips and description of the Physical Fitness Test i. Yo-Yo Endurance TestA candidate is required to run to and fro between two markers positioned 20 metres apart. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: Level 7.1 (equal to 50 times 20m running distance)   ii. Pronated chin-up (60 Seconds)A candidate is required to hold the horizontal bar with shoulder width by pronated grip to perform chin-up actions within 60 seconds.(Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 3 counts   iii. Vertical JumpA candidate standing with the preferred shoulder adjacent to a wall and feet flat on the floor reaches as high as possible to touch the wall. Starting point (standing reach height) represents the distance from the wall mark (middle finger) to the floor, recorded in centimetres (cm). The difference in distance between the standing reach height and the jumping height is the score. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 45 cm   iv. Parallel Bar Dip (60 Seconds)A candidate is required to perform dip actions on parallel bars within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 9 counts   v. Bent-knee Sit-Ups (60 Seconds)A candidate is required to perform smooth sit-up actions within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 35 counts   vi. Push Up (60 seconds)A candidate is required to perform push-up actions within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 32 counts   vii. Sit and ReachA candidate sitting on the floor is required to push a scale rider with his/her fingers as far forward as possible and hold the position for 3 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 23 cm   viii. Burpee (60 seconds)A candidate is required to perform smooth burpee actions progressively within 60 seconds. (Click here to watch the demonstration)✅Passing Mark: 25 counts       Job-related Performance Tests for Applicants for Posts in Fire Stream i. Stair ClimbA candidate, wearing a fire helmet, a pair of gloves and a set of breathing apparatus, is required to retrieve a piece of equipment and a rolled hose from an upper locker of a fire engine with jacks engaged from a standing position on the ground. He/She then carries the equipment upstairs to the third storey of a building 10 metres away from the fire engine.✅Passing Mark: Within 34 seconds   ii. Ladder ClimbA candidate, wearing a fire helmet and a set of breathing apparatus with safety harness attached, is required to climb up a ladder ‘rung by rung'. After reaching the designated position, he/she is required to identify the colours of objects placed on the ground and then climb down the ladder ‘rung by rung'.✅Passing Mark: Within 50 seconds   iii. Tunnel CrawlA candidate, wearing a fire helmet, a pair of gloves and a set of breathing apparatus, is required to proceed from the starting point 5 metres from a tunnel and to crawl through the tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, he/she is required to cross the end line 5 metres away.✅Passing Mark: Within 19.5 seconds   iv. Obstacle CourseA candidate, wearing a fire helmet, a pair of gloves and a set of breathing apparatus, is required to retrieve a rolled hose from a fire engine and carries the hose towards a mark 23 metres away. Along the track, he/she is required to step in and out of two tyres and pass under a gateway.✅Passing Mark: Within 11 seconds       Tips 4: Prepare for Written Aptitude TestThe Written Aptitude Test is divided into 4 categories of multiple-choice questions. Fireman / Firewoman (Operational/Marine) will be tested on Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Mechanical Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.    >>>Video of recruitment tip - Written Aptitude Test For more details about the recruitment of Fireman/Firewoman, please visit the website of the Fire Services Department, or enquire through the recruitment hotline: 2733 7673.

[Civil Servant Story] Principal Fireman/Firewoman (Control) (PFn(C)/PFwn(C))

This story is only available in Chinese.  For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Civil Service Bureau.

A Brief Introduction of the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy

Time changes and firefighting and rescue operations are facing ever-greater challenges.  To keep pace with the changes, the Fire Services Department (FSD) is determined to sharpen its professional edge with vigour.  Under the FSD, the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy, or the FASA, is responsible for providing professional and diversified training to new recruits and serving members of the three streams of FSD’s service – fire, ambulance and mobilising & communications.  The training is oriented towards broadening trainees’ skill-sets and intensifying their responsiveness to contingencies, the purpose of which is to empower them to deliver quality and professional services to the public to the best of their ability. For more details of the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy, please click here to visit the website of Fire Services Department.

[Serve the society regardless of race] Fireman Minhas Mohammad Osama

It is Minhas Mohammad Osama’s dream to be a fireman! This day he finally completed his training! Everyone, regardless of race, can unleash their potentials at work and make contribution to Hong Kong! (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

A thrilling moment but a timely rescue: the Fire Service Department

At 2 pm, Mar 28, Po Lam Fire Station received a special service call. It was suspected that somebody was trapped at height. Like a knight from heaven, a senior fireman courageously carried out the duty, held the subject for 6 minutes and pulled him out of harm’s way. What is the drive behind their perseverance? The reporter at news.gov.hk leads you into the fire station and talks with the firemen… (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese)

Ambulance Officer

Ambulance Officer Man Ka Kei, “We need to stay calm at all times. Whenever we attend to an incident, it is possible that many casualties are involved. For this reason, it is important to deal with the situation flexibly, assign the jobs calmly, as well as treat the patients and send them to hospital appropriately.” Ambulance Officer Wu Kit, “An Ambulance Officer is required to perform various duties at an Ambulance Depot, such as staff management, training and matters relating to the welfare, disciplinary and efficiency of ambulance staff.” Please watch the video for more information about the work, interview tips and promotion prospects of the post of Ambulance Officer. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Ambulanceman/ Ambulancewoman

Ambulancewoman Chan Ka Yee, “Although we often have to deal with sickness and death in our work, I cherish the feeling of flow of love and care among people.” Ambulanceman Yip Chun Luen, “There are often many hidden dangers on an emergency site, and I may be short of experience and knowledge to notice them all.  That’s why I have to strictly follow my supervisor’s orders, since even a single mistake may worsen a patient’s situation.” Please watch the video for more information about the work, interview tips and promotion prospects of the post of Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Station Officer

Station Officer Ng Wai Lok, Rocky, “Many friends of mine think wrongly that Station Officers do not have to enter fire scenes.  Actually, Station Officers are also required to command the rescue operation on site, as well as lead their team into the fire scene to save people!” Station Officer Cheung Tin Yu, “Applicants for the posts of Station Officer and Fireman are required to pass a fitness test, so don’t leave the training till the last week before the test and interview. You can find a training guidebook on the Fire Services Department website. It provides applicants with the guidelines on how to enhance their fitness for best preparation.” Please watch the video for more information about the work, interview tips and promotion prospects of the post of Station Officer. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Fireman/Firewoman

Fireman Hui Ka Chun, “I believe that it is the dream of many young people to become a fireman.” “A fire broke out in my neighborhood when I was small.  I was deeply impressed by the swift action, courage and professionalism demonstrated by the firefighters.  That inspired me to apply for the post of Fireman when I grew up.” Please watch the video for more information about the work, interview tips and promotion prospects of the post of Fireman/Firewoman. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Senior Fireman/Firewoman (Control)

Senior Fireman (Control) Ng Ka Hei, “We also stand at the forefront as we are the one who first receive an emergency call, and our prompt delivery of information to frontline rescue staff and provision of logistic support are crucial to the whole rescue operation.” Senior Firewoman (Control) Tsang Wing Yee, “As part of our daily work, we are required to record all sorts of information into computers by typing, and we must type quickly and accurately. Therefore, don’t forget to practise typing in English, as you won’t get a chance for interview if your typing skills are not up to standard.”  Please watch the video for more information about the work, interview tips and promotion prospects of the post of Senior Fireman/Firewoman (Control). Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Learn from serving ambulancemen on preparing for interview and fitness test

01 | Pre-interview Practice Self-confidence is essential to every success; so what can you do to boost your confidence? Ambulancewoman Chan Ka Yee advised, “Before attending the interview, I would set up some mock-up questions that the interviewer may ask to make sure I could provide answers fluently.” She also reminded interviewees to keep calm when answering the questions. Smiles and gestures can impress the interviewers. One can practice at home in front of a mirror.02 | Keep Training The physical fitness test is generally regarded as the most difficult part of the selection process.  Ambulanceman Yip Chun Luen recalled that he used to visit the gym thrice a week to train himself up for specific physical fitness test requirements. 03 | Collection of Information Ambulancewoman Chan Ka Yee said, “You need to have a certain understanding of the responsibilities of an Ambulanceman to show your passion and dedication for the job.  That would help you to have a better chance of getting an offer.” She would visit bookstores, libraries and website of the Fire Service Department for relevant information before the written test. Interviewees should also pay attention to local and international news during their preparation. For people who want to be an Ambulanceman, their experiences must be of great value! Watch our video for more information! Contributing Editor: Sophie