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Municipal Firefighters

Also called: Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician), Firefighter/Paramedic

Where in the Army? In the Army: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist; Firefighter

What they do:
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
On the job, you would:
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement
  • quickly decide if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE
  • Fire incident reporting systems
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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