What does a Firefighter do?
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A firefighter responds to fire and medical emergencies. They also work with hazardous materials and clean up chemical or oil spills to control them. Firefighters are usually first responders. Therefore, they may work closely with police personal and additional emergency crew members as they arrive on site. Along with learning how to fight fires, they would also be trained to provide medical assistance.
How to Become a Firefighter
To become a firefighter, you need a high school diploma, a vocational certification in firefighting, and knowledge of medical services.
A firefighter will need to pass a written and physical test and pass a series of interviews. An emergency medical technician certification (EMT) is also needed.
Job Description of a Firefighter
Firefighters typically work at a fire station when not on an emergency. They sleep and eat there and remain on call during shifts of possibly up to 24 hours. The work is considered dangerous and long hours are often required. A firefighter must be physically fit in order to lift, climb, move heavy objects, run and balance. They must be able to get important information through strong listening and communication skills and be quick to recognize a potential problem.
Firefighters must also be able to communicate valuable information to co-workers, supervisors, or medical and police people. The competition is strong and physically fit people with high test scores in addition to paramedic training would hold an advantage in this job market.