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Forest Firefighters

Also called: Fire Technician, Firefighter, Forestry Fire Technician, Wildland Firefighter

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What they do:
Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
On the job, you would:
  • Rescue fire victims, and administer emergency medical aid.
  • Maintain contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered.
  • Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • 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
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$49,080
$24,490
$83,570
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