Controls and extinguishes municipal fires, protects life and property and conducts rescue efforts.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Searches burning buildings to locate fire victims.
- Rescues victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
- Administers first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
- Dresses with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
- Assesses fires and situations and reports conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
- Moves toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
- Responds to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
- Creates openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
- Drives and operates fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
- Takes action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.
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