Fire Services Department adjusts entry requirements to broaden applicant pool

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29th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Fire Services Department (FSD) of Hong Kong announced on 29th November adjustments to the eyesight and physical fitness test requirements for four grades, aimed at attracting applicants from diverse backgrounds and capabilities.

Effective from 1st December, the FSD will modify the entry requirements for positions including Station Officer (Operational), Ambulance Officer, Fireman/Firewoman (Operational/Marine), and Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman. The changes include:

  1. The eyesight test requirement will be revised to allow candidates to wear spectacles during the test, applicable only to Station Officer (Operational) and Fireman/Firewoman (Operational/Marine) positions.
  2. The passing mark for test items in the physical fitness test will be revised, and time limits for test items will be extended.
  3. Inclined chin-ups will be introduced as an optional test item for candidates in the physical fitness test.

An FSD spokesperson stated, “The FSD has always upheld the principle of meritocracy and reviews its recruitment policy from time to time to ensure that it aligns with the times. We aim to select the highest calibre candidates to join the department. Upon review, we believe there is room for adjusting the eyesight test and physical fitness test requirements for entry, which will help attract a greater number of capable applicants.”

The spokesperson further clarified that successful candidates will still undergo 26 weeks of rigorous foundation training and must meet the department’s physical fitness standards, which will remain unchanged. Therefore, the adjustments to the entry requirements will not impact the future rescue work.

The FSD will amplify recruitment publicity through various activities, such as career talks, recruitment workshops, and exhibitions. As part of the FSD Recruitment Connect Campaign, initiatives like the University Connect, the Mainland Connect, the Athlete Connect, and the Ethnic Minority Connect will be diversified. These efforts will also publicise the adjusted eyesight test and physical fitness test requirements for entry.