How to Be a Firefighter in the Philippines

It doesn’t only take courage to become a firefighter, but a lot of extra work. Do you possess the traits, knowledge, and skills to battle fires? Why don’t you try to join the Bureau of Fire Protection and become one of our living heroes? If you are interested to become a full-fledged firefighter who saves lives and properties, please read on.

Firefighters in action and fire trucks

BFP Recruitment Process

The Philippines is in need of firefighters to keep up with the growing population. According to the Presidential Decree No. 1184, the minimum fireman-to-population ratio shall be one fireman for every two thousand inhabitants, but sadly, these numbers are far from reality. In Quezon City alone, with its 3.08 million inhabitants, has only 406 firefighters. This translates to 1:7,386 firefighter to population ratio. To address this shortfall, the Bureau of Fire Protection regularly conducts recruitment for qualified applicants. Here are the qualifications and requirements if you are interested to apply:

Minimum Qualifications for FO1

  • To be able to qualify for a position in the BFP as a Fire Officer 1 (FO1), an applicant must be a Filipino citizen.
  • He or she must be not less than 21 years old nor more than 30 years of age.
  • Height matters in the BFP. One must be at least 1.62 meters or 5’4″ in height for male and 1.57 meters or 5’2″ for the female in order to qualify. For applicants who do not meet the height requirement but are members of the Indigenous Peoples or Muslim Filipinos, they can avail of the height waiver issued by the Fire Chief.
  • Must weigh no more or less than 5 kilograms from the standard weight corresponding to his/her height, age and sex.
  • Must be a holder of a baccalaureate degree from a government-recognized institution.
  • The applicant must have the Civil Service Commission (CSC) 2nd level, RA 1080 or PD 907 Eligibility. Check this guide on how to apply for the Fire Officer Examination conducted by the Civil Service Commission: Fire Officer Examination Schedule 2018
  • A person of good moral character.
  • Must pass a series of evaluations and tests, i.e. neuro-psychiatric, medical and drug test, to determine the physical and mental health of the applicant.
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged or dismissed for cause from previous employment; and
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude.
  • No training or experience required.

The applicants who are able to drive and holders of Professional Driver’s License with Restriction 2 and 3  and holders of NCII in Driving issued by TESDA will be prioritized. This is to address the wide gap between the driver to firetruck ratio.

Fire Officer I Requirements

The journey to your future career as a firefighter starts with the application process. But before taking the first step, prepare the following documentary requirements first. Here they are:

    1. An application letter indicating the position and item you are applying for.
    2. A fully-accomplished Personal Data Sheet (CSC Form 212 Revised 2017). It must be handwritten using a black ballpen only. Do not use a sign pen.
    3. Copy of authenticated Transcript of Records and College Diploma;
    4. Photocopy of authenticated Certificate of Eligibility from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) or Report of Rating/Board Rating authenticated by Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
    5. Photocopy of Certificate of Live Birth issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
    6. For married applicants, please submit a copy of the Certificate of Marriage issued by the PSA.
    7. Authenticated copy of the following: Barangay, Mayor, Police, RTC, MTC and NBI Clearances;
    8. Certificates of Training, if any;
    9. A certification from a government health facility or a DOH-accredited private laboratory that the following laboratory examinations were performed:
      • ECG
      • Urinalysis
      • CBC with blood-typing
      • Hepa-B Screening
      • Cholesterol
      • Creatinine
      • Chest X-Ray
      • Fasting Blood Sugar
      • Serum Pregnancy Test (for female applicants)
      • Dental Panoramic X-Ray

Submit all the following documents in a properly-tabbed folder to the Human Resource Management Division of BFP National Headquarters or any BFP Regional Offices near you. For more information, you may contact:

Recruitment and Selection Section
Bureau of Fire Protection-National Headquarters (BFP-NHQ)
Agham Rd, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, 1105 Metro Manila
Tel. Nos. (+632) 426-02-19/426-02-46 loc. 205.

Fire Officer 1 Salary Grade and Benefits

A newly recruited Fire Officer 1 will enjoy a salary of Php 29,668.00 or Salary Grade 10. In addition to the basic salary, you shall be entitled to longevity pay, daily hazard pay as well as clothing and food allowances. Since you are working in the government, you shall enjoy security of tenure and free advance training and seminars.

Tips to Become a Fire Officer in the BFP

As I said earlier, becoming a firefighter involves lots of extra work. Passing the Fire Officer Examination and the application process is just the tip of the iceberg. To increase your chances of passing the selection process and training, we compiled a list of tips for would-be fire officers. Here they are:

1. Be Ready

Make sure that you are serious about becoming a firefighter. It is not just an ordinary job. The firefighter’s job is a tough and challenging one. It takes commitment, dedication, and determination to serve for the protection of the people.

2. Become a Volunteer

You will raise the chances of passing to the roof once they found out that you were previously a volunteer firefighter. If given a chance, become a volunteer to get an idea of the role of a firefighter and the operation of a fire department.

3. Be Physically Fit

Being physically fit will help you pass rigid training as a Fire Officer. To give you an idea of what lies ahead, you’ll be carrying a dummy much heavier than you or holding a high-pressure fire hose on the training. Similarly, an agility test is required to qualify for the training program. In order to pass the agility test, you must train yourself on cardio exercises, pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups even before submitting the application requirements.

4. Prepare Early for the Application

The first thing you have to do is to secure first the Certificate of Eligibility or the Board rating months before filing the application. Getting these requirements takes time especially if you are from the provinces. The next step is to obtain those requirements from the regional offices and lastly, the ones from the local government offices.

5. Do not Hesitate to Ask

Go to your local BFP Fire Station and ask a fire officer about his experiences in the recruitment process to give you an idea of what lies ahead of you.


Being a firefighter is a noble profession. Not everyone can put their lives on the line to save people they do not know. If you are interested to become one, think twice or even thrice. Are you ready to save lives while putting yours in danger? If yes, what are you waiting for? Take actions now! Good luck.

122 thoughts on “How to Be a Firefighter in the Philippines”

  1. Pwede po ba mag take examination sa foe kahit wala csc? Anu po ba position na pwede ma take exam na no need csc? Thank you

  2. Hello po good morning.. 31 na po ako nong Feb. ngayong taon.. pag May waiver po ba, swede nang mag apply?, panu kong bachelor degree lang at walang eligibility na napasa? Pwede parin po bang mag apply?, 6years na po akong government employee as job order sa MDRRMO as Rescuer.. pwede rin kaya maka apply?, oh kailang po talaga ang eligibility para maka apply? Thanks po

  3. Hello po i am a woman and i want to apply
    .my question is may tattoo ako sa likod small lng sya and not visible if i wear tshirt. Bawal po ba may tattoo?

  4. Hello po. Sana pansinin.
    Kumpleto po ako sa eligibility at board passer.
    Bs criminology graduate.
    My only problem is malabo po mata ko.
    Pwede po ba ako maka pasok sa bfp?
    Thanks in advance sa sasagot 😊

  5. hello po ask ko if pwede po ba na later na mag pa ayus ng ngipin kapag mag apply sa BFP?wala naman po sira ngipin ko ung sa ilalim lang po ung isa kong ngipin hindi medyo pantay…

  6. Hello po! Ask ko lang po if needed ko pa po ng Eligibility from CSC kahit graduate po ako ng BS Computer Engineering? Pls. response po. Thanks

  7. Hi! Good day po! ask ko lang po kung possible po ba maqualify if hindi natapos ang baccalaureate degree pero civil service passer po… salamat

  8. Hi ask lang po. Pasok naman ako lahat sa nabanggit na requirements (age, degree, eligibility), one thing lang gumagamit ako nang corrected eyeglass.. May chance kaya na papasa ako dito? Thank you.

  9. Hello admins & everyone! Wonderful day! Does firefighting administration allow age waiver? I look forward to your answer… Thanks

  10. Hi po nakita ko po part ng training na bubuhatin yung bag gamit yung ngipin.

    Pwede po ba sa BFP training naka braces. Nakita ko po kasi na binubuhat yung bag gamit yung ngipin. Kung nakabraces po ako maaari pong masira ngipin ko.

    Pwede po ba na hindi gawin yung bubuhatin yung bag gamit yung ngipin?
    Tnx po

  11. Hello po?pwede po bang gamitin yong pdl 123 sa pagprocess ng age waiver?hindi po kasi ako affilliated to NCIP/MCIP..criminology passer at foe passer po ako, tapos mayron po ako NC II certificate sa Automotive Mechanic and Weilding kaso mag 31 napo ako this coming feb 26

  12. sir, yung height po ba fix na talaga na 5’2 for female? hindi po talaga pwede kahit 5’1 and something po? thank you sa response..

  13. Good day! Ask ko lang po if kailangan ko pa mag waiver kc po 30 na po ako at this year po ng july mag 31 na pwede pa po kaya ako mag apply for FO1?

  14. hi good afternoon. Gusto ko po mag apply ng Bfp taga negros po ako at LET passer po. kailan po ba recruitment this 2019? salamat

    • Magandang Buhay po, nais ko lamang pong magtanong kung ano ba talaga ang unang gagawin ko kung mag-aaply bilang firefighter kinakailangan po bang puntahan ang Regional Office ng BFP upang mag inquire? O pde ng mag process ng paunang requirements?? Salamat po

    • Hi.. Ok lang po ba kung malabo ang mata.. May eyeglass akong gamit at contact lens, makakapsok po kaya kung nakasalamin? Thanks sa answerr po..

  15. Good pm, okay lang po ba ang PRC license as substitute sa CSC? I’m an architect po kasi.

    And btw? Ano pong requirements pagdating sa vision? Kailangan po ba 20/20? Thanks

  16. GOOD day po. about xa mga clearances na requirements,pwedi naba akong kumuha or antayin ko nlang ang 2019 kc mag aapply po ako nxt year po..
    please advise thank you

  17. hi po, ask kolang po kasi csc passer po ako neto lang august 2018 exam… gusto ko po sana magapply sa BFP.. yun nga lang vocational course lang po natapos ko.. may other way pa po ba para makaapply ako as bfp sir/maam? thankyou po in advance sa reply.

    • Next, magsubmit ng application kung open na ang recruitment. About sa eye condition mo, sa medical at physical exam malalaman kung uubra ba or not.

  18. Hi, Im currently 26 and have a pro CSC (not sure if that is level 1 or 2). Just want to ask when is the next recruitment. Looking forward for your response. Thank you!

  19. Dina po ba pwede ang 37 years of age? Pinsan ko po sa America nakapag Air force po siya kahit nasa 44 years of age na po siya may asawa. tita ko nasa 54 yrs old pumasa sa test at naging FBI sa america? Some people want to serve the country, but because of some policy like age discrimination here in our country, doesn’t give opportunity to other people who have also have good potential, and they are also deserving for the job and service required…

  20. Hi there,

    I have CSC 2nd level eligibility na po but I have an eye problem and currently using eyeglasses. Is there a chance that I can be a firefighter?

    Looking forward to your response.

  21. Sir puede po ba ako meron na po akong approved waiver galing sa BFP NHQ tapos last April 2018 was my 36th birthday. Am I still qualify for the June 2018 quota? Thank you for your quick response and God bless.

  22. Matanong ko lang po pano if pumasa ako sa FOE ngaung buwan tapos 34 na po ko ngaun, pwedi paba ako mkapag apply sa BFP po?

  23. good day sir, ask ko lang po if pwede po magapply ng fo1 ang may dental crown po? at pano po if over weight upon filling application?
    tnx sir

  24. Hi. Kelan po mag papa medical? Kasabay po ba yan sa papasa ng documents? Or after pa po ng evaluation dun na po magpapa medical? Thank you

  25. Good day sir..ask ko lang po about age,30 na po ako now, oct1 po bday ko saktong oathtaking.currently employed po sa government kelangan pa po ba age waiver?salama po

  26. Good day sir..ask ko lang po about age,30 na po ako now, oct1 po bday ko saktong oathtaking.currently employed po sa government kelangan pa po ba age waiver?salama po

      • Hello, yung nasa list lang po ba ang requirements o kailangan mo pa i-attached sa application mo ung medical certificate,etc. Thanksss

        • Sorry, I forgot to include the medical certificates as part of the requirements. Kailangan mo muna magpa medical sa isang government health facility or DOH-accredited private laboratory. Isasama mo ang certificate/s sa application folder.

  27. Good day po! May mga requirements n ko po at malapit ko na mapasa ang sa waiver, tanong ko lang kung papasa kaya ako sa physical test kasi malabo po ang mga mata ko? Dream ko kasi mag firewoman ehh.. Para kung hindi po, hindi ko na itutuloy ang pagasikaso sa waiver. Thanks in advance po!

    • Tapos na po ang application for the waiver last January pa. About sa eye condition mo, mukhang mahihirapan ka makapasok dahil dyan.


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