A Firefighter's Job

The job of firefighter involves the protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing and preventing fires. Work involves training for and participating in firefighting duties, providing emergency care for sick and injured persons and fire prevention activities on assigned shifts. Other duties include routine maintenance of fire apparatus, as well as drilling and training in new firefighting techniques and practices.

The job of firefighter involves extremely difficult physical work as well as the skill to apply previously acquired knowledge to work effectively as part of a team in emergency situations. The physical and mental demands of firefighting are largely underestimated. Because of this, many firefighter applicants are overwhelmed by the challenging screening procedures employed in the selection of new recruits. Demanding mental, physical and behavioral standards are absolutely necessary to insure the selection of an individuals who are capable of successfully performing their job duties.

A successful firefighter, in addition to performing assigned duties, must also be a good student. In this day and age, fire fighters go through almost continuous in-service training constantly adding new facts and modifying his/her existing fire fighting knowledge. This training involves many subjects including the enforcement of constantly changing codes, public education, arson investigation, handling and disposal of hazardous materials, controlling the spread of infectious disease and emergency medical and rescue procedures.

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