Is this a career for you?
A firefighter career is both demanding and rewarding. The work is hard and often dangerous, but it's extremely satisfying to save lives and help others in need. Because of the unique requirements of the career, a firefighter job requires a combination of preparation and research.
Duties of Firefighters
Firefighters typically do the following:
- Drive firetrucks and other emergency vehicles
- Put out fires using water hoses, fire extinguishers, and water pumps
- Find and rescue victims in burning buildings or in other emergency situations
- Treat sick or injured people
- Prepare written reports on emergency incidents
- Clean and maintain equipment
- Conduct drills and physical fitness training
Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with paramedic training will have the best job prospects.