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Municipal Firefighters

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Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

    Work Activities
    • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
    • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
    • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
    • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
    • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
    • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
    • 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.
    • Take action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.
    • 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.
    • Lay hose lines and connect them to water supplies.
    • Select and attach hose nozzles, depending on fire type, and direct streams of water or chemicals onto fires.
    • Operate pumps connected to high-pressure hoses.
    • Spray foam onto runways, extinguish fires, and rescue aircraft crew and passengers in air-crash emergencies.
    • Collaborate with police to respond to accidents, disasters, and arson investigation calls.
    • Participate in fire drills and demonstrations of fire fighting techniques.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Participate in courses, seminars and conferences, and study fire science literature, to learn firefighting techniques.
    • Establish firelines to prevent unauthorized persons from entering areas near fires.
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

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

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Static Strength

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

    • 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.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $45,910/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $22.07/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 18,900
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,290
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
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    • Fire suppression hand tools
    • Fire or rescue trucks
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    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.