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Firefighter

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Advanced Certificate
$20,244

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Fire Service Operations

Nature of the Work

​Firefighters typically:
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
  • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.

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Career Disclaimer

Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.