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Firefighters

Also called: Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Firefighter, Wildland Firefighter

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What they do:
Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.
On the job, you would:
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
  • exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$50,700
$29,030
$81,640
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