What Firefighters Do
Firefighters control and put out fires, and respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. When on the scenes of fires and other emergencies, the work can be very dangerous. When not on the scene of an emergency, firefighters spend their time at fire stations, where they sleep, eat, and remain on call during shifts that often last 24 hours. Many work more than 40 hours per week.
How to Become a Firefighter
Firefighters typically need a high school diploma and training in emergency medical services. Most firefighters receive training at a fire academy, must pass written and physical tests, complete a series of interviews, and hold an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for firefighters was $46,870 in May 2015. Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
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