Firefighters

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Also known as:  Fire Engine Pump Operator, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Forest Firefighter, Marine Firefighter, Municipal Firefighter, Smoke Jumper, Wildland Firefighter

ABOUT FIREFIGHTER CAREERS

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Firefighters have one of the most hazardous of all occupations. It is also one of the most essential, for nothing is more damaging - or more deadly - than fire. Swinging a fire axe or aiming a fire hose that shoots water at 300 pounds per square inch requires strength and stamina. But firefighting i ...
sn't only about being physically fit. Most calls to fire departments involve medical emergencies. And many fire departments require firefighters to be certified as emergency medical technicians, in order to provide on-site care to victims of accidents, natural disasters, or crimes.

More than 90 percent of all career firefighters work in city or county fire departments. But firefighters are also employed by airports, chemical and manufacturing plants, and by agencies responsible for fighting forest fires. Opportunities may also be available in volunteer fire departments, though these may be limited because the increased level of specialized training needed makes it more difficult for volunteers to remain qualified.

Firefighters also aid victims of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. They may help clean up oil spills and hazardous materials. And many firefighters are involved in public education and fire prevention activities, since the best fire is the one that never gets started in the first place.
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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.
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