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Municipal Fire-Fighter

Municipal Fire-fighters control and put out fires, and respond to crisis situations where life and the environment are at risk. Fire-fighters enter burning buildings to extinguish fires and rescue people, sometimes carrying them.

They administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.

They are well versed in the art of moving towards the source of a fire using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.

They have to position and climb ladders in order to gain access to upper levels of buildings or to rescue individuals from burning structures and take action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.

They are trained to operate pumps connected to high-pressure hoses and select and attach hose nozzles, depending on fire type, and direct streams of water or chemicals onto fires.

They create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.

They protect property from water and smoke using waterproof salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants. They participate daily in physical training activities in order to maintain a high level of physical fitness. They participate in fire drills and demonstrations of fire fighting techniques. They clean and maintain fire stations and fire fighting equipment and apparatus. Sometimes they collaborate with police to respond to accidents, disasters, and arson investigation calls. They inspect buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances, testing and checking smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment as necessary. They participate in courses, seminars, and conferences, and study fire science literature, in order to learn firefighting techniques.

They also prepare written reports that detail specifics of fire incidents.

As a firefighter, they are well prepared to leave the fire stations in a minute?s notice.


Firefighters typically need a high school diploma and training in emergency medical services. Most firefighters receive training at a fire academy, must pass written and physical tests, complete a series of interviews, and hold an emergency medical technician certification.


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