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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Fire services recruitment tests revised

The Fire Services Department (FSD) today announced that from December 1, the entry requirements for Station Officer (Operational), Ambulance Officer, Fireman/Firewoman (Operational/Marine) and Ambulanceman/Ambulancewoman will be adjusted.


The passing mark for test items in the physical fitness test will be revised and the time limit for test items will be extended. Inclined chin-ups will be introduced as an optional test item for candidates in the physical fitness test.


The eyesight test requirement will also be revised and candidates may choose to wear spectacles during the test. This revision is only applicable to Station Officer (Operational) and Fireman/Firewoman (Operational/Marine).


The FSD pointed out that it has always upheld the principle of meritocracy and from time to time reviews its recruitment policy to ensure candidates of the highest calibre are selected.


Upon review, the department considered there was room for adjusting the eyesight test and physical fitness test requirements to attract a greater number of capable applicants.


Successful candidates must undergo 26 weeks of rigorous foundation training and meet the physical fitness standards required by the FSD. These standards will remain unchanged, hence rescue work will not be affected.


The department added that it will organise activities to publicise the adjusted entry requirements.

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