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Firefighters

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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
    • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
    • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
    • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
    • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
    • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
    • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
    • Inspect fire sites after flames have been extinguished to ensure that there is no further danger.
    • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
    • Select and attach hose nozzles, depending on fire type, and direct streams of water or chemicals onto fires.
    • Maintain contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered.
    • Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew.
    • Patrol burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires.
    • Collaborate with police to respond to accidents, disasters, and arson investigation calls.
    • Participate in fire drills and demonstrations of fire fighting techniques.
    • Maintain knowledge of current firefighting practices by participating in drills and by attending seminars, conventions, and conferences.
    • Prepare written reports that detail specifics of fire incidents.
    • Participate in physical training activities to maintain a high level of physical fitness.
    • Protect property from water and smoke, using waterproof salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants.
    • Inform and educate the public on fire prevention.
    • Salvage property by removing broken glass, pumping out water, and ventilating buildings to remove smoke.
    • Orient self in relation to fire, using compass and map, and collect supplies and equipment dropped by parachute.
    • Clean and maintain fire stations and fire fighting equipment and apparatus.
    • Inspect buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances, testing and checking smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment as necessary.
    • Take action to contain any hazardous chemicals that could catch fire, leak, or spill.
    • Extinguish flames and embers to suppress fires, using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Static Strength

      The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 51370/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.7/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 19,150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,330

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Pry bars
    • Power saws
    • Fire suppression hand tools
    • Fire or rescue trucks
    • Fire hoses or nozzles

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

    Tags

    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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