Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls to control and extinguish fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Rescues victims from burning buildings and accident sites.
- Searches burning buildings to locate fire victims.
- Administers first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
- Dresses with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
- Drives and operates fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
- Moves toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
- Responds to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
- Assesses fires and situations and reports conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
- Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
- Creates openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
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