The Civil Service Commission (CSC) administers the Fire Officer Examination (FOE) for those who would like to join the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). For this year, the FOE has been scheduled on June 17, 2018.
Those who would like to take the examination may secure and file their application forms at the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO) or download and print it from the CSC’s official website. Only applications with complete application documentary requirements must be submitted.
All applicants must be (1) a Filipino citizen, (2) of good moral character, (3) mentally and physically fit, (4) must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or of disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs, (5) must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government, (6) must possess a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of learning, and (7) must be 21 to 35 years old at the date/time of filing of application.
Although there is an existent age requirement, it shall be waived for incumbent and former employees of BFP, granted that they are endorsed by the BFP and they can meet the minimum service requirement according to the existing laws. They should present Certification of Employment issued by the authorized agency official. An application endorsement by the authorized BFP/BJMP official with a statement certifying that the applicant can meet the minimum service requirement pursuant to existing laws should also be presented.
For applicants with dual citizenship under RA 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003, they may apply and take the exam upon presentation of original and copy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Investigation.
For applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases, they may be eligible to take the examinations, but this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If found guilty, they may be still be forfeited.
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Meanwhile, those who already passed examinations given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines (Bar Exams) and Board Examinations conducted by the Professional Regulatory Commission are automatically granted eligibility according to RA No.1080.
Make sure to have the following forms and documents ready as your application requirements:
1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised September 2016).
Note: The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumb mark” on the Application Form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.
2. Four (4) pieces of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:
- Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
- Colored, with white background
- Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
- Printed on good quality photo paper
- In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
- In bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
- Showing left and right ears
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
- With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any
- Driver’s License;
- Passport;PRC License;
- SSS I.D.;
- GSIS I.D. (UMID);
- Voter’s I.D.;
- BIR I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
- PhilHealth I.D. (must, at the least, contain the holder’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
- Company/Office I.D.;
- School I.D. (validated for the current school year/semester/trimester);
- Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate (with picture);
- Postal I.D.;
- Barangay I.D.; or
- NBI Clearance
Note: All other I.D. cards not included in the above list shall NOT be accepted. For those with IDs not indicating their birth date, they need to bring an original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Office.
4. Examination fee of Seven Hundred Pesos (PhP700.00).
NOTE: The Testing Centers for the FIRE OFFICE EXAMINATION 2018 is yet to be announced.
SCOPE OF EXAMINATIONS
General Ability (25%) – Verbal, Analytical, Numerical
Fire Suppression (30%) – Fire Code of the Philippines, Fire Safety Related Codes, NFPA Laws and other BFP Issuances, BFP Citizen Charter, SOP/MCs on Fire Safety Inspection
Administrative Matters (10%) – RA 6975, RA 9263, RA9592, CSC Rules and Regulations and Qualifications Standards, BFP Memo Circulars and SOP on Administrative Matters.
Fire Investigation (15%) – The Law on Arson in the Philippines (RPC); Constitutional Rights of the Accused, Prima Facie Evidence of Arson, Rules of Court; Procedure and Techniques; SOPs on Fire and Arson Investigation.
Exam takers should get a general rating of at least 80.00 to pass the examination.