Firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fires
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Firefighters are often the first on the scene of an emergency, and they are often the last to leave

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Rescue Technician, Fire Technician, Firefighter, Forest Fire Suppression Specialist, Forestry Fire Technician, Hot Shot, Wildland Firefighter

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.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Rescue Technician, Fire Technician, Firefighter, Forest Fire Suppression Specialist, Forestry Fire Technician, Hot Shot, Wildland Firefighter
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Your Typical Day:

  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas.
  • Assess characteristics of fires.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
  • Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • 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. 86/100

  • 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. 79/100

  • 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. 78/100

  • 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. 69/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 69/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 67/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 65/100

  • Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. 59/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 57/100

  • Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 57/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Fire suppression hand tools
  • Fire hoses or nozzles
  • Power saws
  • Ladders
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pry bars
  • Blocks or pulleys
  • Mobile medical services spine boards
  • Fire pump sets
  • Rescue truck
  • Mobile medical services first aid kits
  • Fire retardant footwear
  • Screwdrivers
  • Mobile medical services litter
  • Respirators
  • Heat tracing equipment
  • Grounding hardware
  • Notebook computers
  • Nylon rope
  • Protective gloves
  • Flares
  • Mobile medical services basket stretchers
  • Specialty wrenches
  • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
  • Locking pliers
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
  • Metal cutters
  • Lighters
  • Fire retardant apparel
  • Hazardous material protective apparel
  • Hacksaw
  • Weather stations
  • Water pumps
  • Two way radios
  • Radio frequency identification devices
  • Protective hood
  • Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Anemometers
  • Mowers
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Manlift or personnel lift
  • Pulse oximeter units
  • Geological compasses
  • Agricultural tractors
  • Wire cutters
  • Air exhausters
  • Fire fighting watercraft
  • Hammers
  • Life rings
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Hazardous material protective footwear
  • Torso and belt restraints
  • Flatbed trailers
  • Facial shields
  • Underwater cameras
  • Jacks
  • Track bulldozers
  • Hold down clamps
  • Liquid leak detectors
  • Mobile medical service intravenous IV kits
  • Medical acoustic stethoscopes
  • Resuscitation masks
  • Scuba regulators
  • Mercury blood pressure units
  • Extremity restraints
  • Slip or groove joint pliers
  • Gas detectors
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Shovels
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
  • Forestry saws
  • Hand trucks or accessories
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Wedges
  • Fans
  • Gas generators
  • Life vests or preservers
  • Fire blankets
  • Fire fighting pump truck
  • Sockets
  • Safety helmets
  • Goggles
  • Diagonal cut pliers
  • Air bags for loading
  • Armored recovery vehicle
  • pH test strips or papers
  • Picks
  • Spill kits
  • Ear plugs
  • Sledge hammer
  • Telescopes
  • Portable data input terminals
  • Chemical test strips or papers
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Wetsuits
  • Hand pumps
  • Fire fighting chemical truck
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Spanner wrenches
  • Orthopedic splint systems
  • Mobile medical services cervical or extrication collars
  • Fire fighting ladder truck
  • Binoculars
  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Saws
  • Winches
  • Wheel chocks
  • Multi gas monitors
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Claw hammer
  • Fire escape equipment
  • Mobile medical services suction antichoke devices
  • Water analyzers
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench
  • Radiation detectors
  • Acoustic sensors
  • Machetes
  • Hard hats
  • Cold chisels
  • Psychrometers
  • Safety glasses
  • Surface thermometers
  • Bolt cutters
  • Utility knives
  • Metal detectors
  • Parachutes
  • Glass cutters
  • Open end wrenches
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe wrenches
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