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What does a Firefighter do?

A firefighter is responsible for protecting the public in various dangerous situations. They are responsible for ensuring that a fire is put out as well as responding to other emergency situations. A few of the main duties of a firefighter are developing performing CPR, providing emergency services, responding to fire alarms, and putting out fires in buildings. They also have to participate in public safety announcements and training. Some of the jobs titles that a firefighter could grow into are fire protection engineer and firefighter shift captain.

A firefighter should have two years of experience as well as a High School Diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a firefighter will have is the ability to remain calm under pressure. Another skill is problem solving as the firefighter will have to be able to fix problems quickly under pressure.

  • Respond to fire alarms quickly
  • Participate in public safety announcements and training
  • Write reports of incidents that take place
  • Give CPR to people in need
  • Perform salvage operations after a fire
  • Support other medical personnel on a call
  • Perform fire inspections on houses and buildings
  • Perform fire drills to practice for emergency events
  • No experience necessary but preferred
  • EMT certified preferred
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Incredible problem solving abilities
  • Amazing physical strength
  • Ability to pass a medical exam
  • Ability to create reports for superiors
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Willing to go the extra mile to save a person's life

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
0%
2 - 4
1%
5 - 7
0%
8+
99%

Common Skill Sets

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Leadership
First Aid
Operational Excellence
Customer Focus
WORKING Relationships
Adherence
Written Communication

Firefighter Seniority Levels

L2
Firefighter
$49,855/yr
L3
L4
Police Officer
10% made the transition
Security Officer
14% made the transition
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Firefighter Salaries

Average Base Pay

$49,855 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $50K
$86K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Firefighter Jobs