What comes to your mind when you think of a firefighter?
Well, it's more than this.
Firefighting is full of action !
How Do You Know If Firefighting Is Right For You?
What will you do?
put out fires
rescue the sick and injured
prevent future fires
investigate the sources of fires
educate the community about fire prevention
A Typical Day For A Firefighter
Check PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) — turnout jacket, pants, boots, air supply, and personal alert devices
Check and wash the fire truck — sirens, ladder, etc.
Get equipment ready for service — changing batteries on radios and heart monitors
The crew cleans, mops, and vacuums all living areas and bathrooms of the fire station
Crew meeting to discuss day's activities
And of course, emergency events can alter your schedule!
Work, Work, Work .......
When responding to calls, you:
put out fires
do technical rescues
attend to medical emergencies
stop hazardous material spills
When not responding to calls, you:
train to improve and/or maintain firefighting skills
have physical fitness training (1- hour mandatory, everyday)
do pre-fire planning
do hydrant maintenance
do child safety seat installations
Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork!
Teamwork is critical in firefighting.
Imagine you are in an active firefighting situation.
You want to know that your team has got your back — and they want to know that you've got theirs, too.
What characteristic is most important for a firefighter in an emergency?
But Does It Pay Bills ?
A typical full-time annual salary a firefighter makes in Canada is $75,000 – $105,000.
A typical full-time annual salary a firefighter makes in USA is $50,850 – $111,550
You Will Love It if...
you are a risk taker
work well under pressure
Do you already have some of the skills needed?
Tip: Starting as a volunteer firefighter will help you get your foot in the door at your local fire department.
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