Sub Officers Course for Fire Services

By: Adam Sturo

Being a state subject, fire services are administered by the respective states/UTs. The ministry of home affairs renders technical advice to states, uts and central ministries on fire protection, fire prevention and fire legislation.

Amongst others, the national fire service college Nagpur conducts different types of courses for training fire officers including a BE i.e fire engineering.

An all India entrance exam is conducted for the sub officers' course for joining fire services at Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, bhubaneswer and Nagpur. Duration of the course is 25 weeks, including four weeks of practical attachment with major fire brigades of the country, anywhere in India. Private and defense candidates have to undergo additional practical attachment for a period of eight weeks.

The course provides the basic knowledge needed for protecting life and property from fires and other natural disasters and to familiarize the trainee officers with the actual fire situations, different fire fighting organizations, and with the operation and maintenance of appliances and equipments. This course is useful for those who want to make fire service as their profession.

The exam, conducted in two sessions on the same day covers general English and general knowledge in the first session and general science and mathematics in the second session.

The objective type question paper is printed bilingually (Hindi and English) and can be answered in either language. The questions are of the higher secondary level.

Eligibility:

Age: 18-23 years, relaxed by five years for SC/ST.

Academic Qualifications: 10+2 or equivalent with science subjects. You must be able to read, write, speak and comprehend instructions in both hindi and English.

Physical Standards:
(a)#Height: minimum 165 cm. (160 cm. for candidates belonging to hilly regions like Gurkhas, Garhwalis, Assamese, Nagaland, tribes among others).
(b)#Weight: minimum 50 kg.
(c)#Chest: minimum 81 cm normal with minimum expansion of 5 cm.
(d)#Vision: 6/6, no color blindness.

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