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Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Firefighter, Wildland Firefighter

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Cannon Crewmember; Cavalry Scout; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN); Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist; Combat Engineer; Combat Medic Specialist; Firefighter; M1 Armor Crewman; Military Police; Unit Supply Specialist
Damage Controlman; Marine Safety Specialist Engineer; Material Maintenance Specialty
Expeditionary Firefighting and Rescue (EFR) Specialist
Air Operations Technician; Aircraft Director; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment; Conversion NEC ABH Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Aircraft Handling); Crash and Salvage Fire Fighter; Damage Controlman; Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS) Operator/Maintainer; Ship Survivability Systems Maintainer; Shipboard Aircraft Rescue, Firefighting and Salvage Specialists
Fire Protection; Fire Protection Apprentice; Fire Protection Helper; Fire Protection Journeyman
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.


Safety and Government

  • public safety and security
  • law and government


  • customer service
  • management

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction


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


  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people



  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


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

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