Fire fighting is one of the services provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Fire Disaster Headquarters. The role of a fire fighter incorporates a number of responsibilities, the first and foremost being to protect the civilian population against dangerous and hazardous fires and accidents. This includes natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami, as well as incidents such as collapsed buildings and hazardous accidents.
Firefighters must go through strenuous and intensive training in order to be physically fit to rescue civilians from fires and accidents. They also attend further training with regards to first aid and emergency medical treatment. There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to work as a firefighter in Seoul. Some of these are outlined below:
The minimum age bracket to work as a fireman is 20-30 years old, whilst the requirement for other positions is dependent on the role taken. For example: to be a Firefighting Commander, the individual can be aged between 20 and 50 years old.
All candidates should have a robust physique and must be in excellent health condition. Their vision and hearing ability should be perfect.
There are a number of requirements with regards of physical fitness of candidates as the job requires fire fighters to be physically able to rescue civilians and perform their duties. All candidates are required to attend a physical training test to determine their eligibility to serve in the Seoul firefighting department.
The various subjects that can be taken by firefighting candidates include the following:
Administrative Law and Introduction to Fire Science
Korean history and the Constitution and English
Criminal Law Introduction
English, history, constitution, Introduction to Fire Science