Controls and suppresses fires in forests or vacant public land.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Rescues fire victims, and administers emergency medical aid.
- Maintains contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered.
- Collaborates with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew.
- Patrols burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires.
- Establishes water supplies, connects hoses, and directs water onto fires.
- Maintains knowledge of current firefighting practices by participating in drills and by attending seminars, conventions, and conferences.
- Tests and maintains tools, equipment, jump gear, and parachutes to ensure readiness for fire suppression activities.
- Orients self in relation to fire, using compass and map, and collects supplies and equipment dropped by parachute.
- Operates pumps connected to high-pressure hoses.
- Trains new employees to control and suppress forest fires.
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