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Working As A Fire Fighter

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • $46,870

    Average Salary

What Does A Fire Fighter Do At ASRC Federal Holding Company

* Firefighters are assigned a specific duty related to equipment operation or fire suppression.
* Duties:
* Keep apparatus, equipment, tools, and protective clothing in a clean and serviceable condition.
* Responds to emergencies as required.
* Suppresses fires and takes necessary precautions to prevent rekindling.
* Exercises caution to avoid unnecessary damage or loss of property to include injury to them self and other personnel.
* Protects, at the scene of a fire, all evidence indicating the fire's cause.
* Wears protective clothing when participating in fires or hazardous situations and/or as directed by higher authority.
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does A Fire Fighter Do At City of Cambridge

* The City of Cambridge is currently recruiting applicants to take the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Open Competitive Examination for Fire Fighter Municipal Service.
* This examination consists of two components: the Written Examination and the Physical Abilities Test.
* Candidates must take and pass both components in order to be placed on the eligible list for appointment in a civil service city or town.
* The **written exam** is being held on
* Saturday March 24, 2018
* Application date is
* February 7, 2018**, with a fee of $200
* There will be an additional $50 late fee for applications received after 2/07/18.
* Applications will not be accepted after 2/21/18.
* The Entry
* Level Physical Abilities Test (ELPAT)**is being held at the
* Hudson National Guard Armory.
* Once an application has been received and a valid payment or fee waiver has been verified, the candidate will receive an e-mail with his/her scheduled ELPAT date and time.
* Scheduling will be completed on a first come, first served basis.
* Failure to complete the ELPAT**, will result in failure of the examination and your name will not be placed on the eligible list.
* Failure of the written component will also result in failure of the examination and your name will not be placed on the eligible list.
* Additional examination information is available at www.mass.gov/civilservice or by calling the examination hotline
* Firefighters often perform risky and physically demanding duties under emergency conditions.
* Firefighters work under supervision, often as a member of a team, to respond to fire and other emergencies.
* Firefighter duties may include, for example: connecting, pulling and operating hose lines; operating a pump; positioning and climbing ladders; emergency rescue and lifesaving; ventilating smoke-filled areas; using and maintaining tools and equipment; training; and fire station activities.
* Tuesday, January 23, 2018
* p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
* Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chambers
* Mass Avenue
* Cambridge, MA 02139
* Representatives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Human Resources Division (HRD), the Cambridge Fire Department, the Affirmative Action Department and the Cambridge Personnel Department will be on hand to answer questions about this exciting career opportunity

What Does A Fire Fighter Do At Ricoh Americas Corporation

* Daily support of network and workstation printers.
* Responds to customer support requests and ensures that they are resolved quickly, accurately, and professionally.
* Escalates problems to a technician as necessary.
* Keeps the customer up to date on the progress of problem resolution.
* Provides end users with detailed remote access knowledge and documents complete trouble shooting information.
* Provides regular account updates, to include information on fleet status and performance, to the Printer Fleet Manager or Integrated Account Manager.
* Manages on-site hardware & consumables inventory.
* Manages printer procurement as required by the customer.
* Manages printer hot swap inventory.
* Documents and reports all fleet meter reads.
* Maintains printer fleet tools/databases

What Does A Fire Fighter Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Receives schedule of pick-up and delivery times of patients and plans activities
* so that assignments are completed in a timely fashion.
* Operates Pro
* Med vehicles in a safe, professional manner being attentive to the needs of patients he/she is transporting.
* Lifts and places patients in wheelchair, restrains patient appropriately, and moves loaded wheelchair into van.
* Communicates with Dispatch via radio or telephone.
* Completes all reports legibly, accurately and on a timely basis.
* Collects patient fees and give receipts.
* Turn cash, checks and billing information into the Business Office in a timely, secure manner according to Pro
* Med’s policies and procedures.
* At each shift change, checks operating supplies and vehicle utilizing Pro
* Med’s shift checklist.
* At each shift change, inspects vehicle to ensure that it is ready for service (e.g. brakes, lights, fluids, etc.)
* Performs all duties in a safe, courteous, confidential and professional manner, always taking into account the well being of the patient.
* Uses safety and PPE equipment as required by law and company policies.
* Maintains vehicles and quarters pursuant to Pro
* Med policies

What Does A Fire Fighter Do At Ricoh Americas Corporation

* Achieves expected productivity levels associated with assigned workload and level of experience.
* Manages territory, inventory and customer relationships.
* Demonstrates good technical and customer relation skills.
* Actively drives revenue generating opportunities through supply leads, contract sales, network support contract leads, equipment and print assessment leads.
* Demonstrates technical expertise
* Performs a full range of servicing and repair service procedures including diagnostics, installation, removal and retrofits on assigned equipment.
* Performs Basic Connected installations, sets up IP addresses, downloads printer drivers and provides customer training on printing standalone and network devices,
* Performs troubleshooting and repairs or replaces equipment components as necessary.
* Demonstrates required digital competencies associated with assigned products and level assignment.
* Completes technical training on new equipment as assigned.
* Manages territory
* Effectively executes all required territory management and call handling procedures.
* Works closely with sales partners to maximize equipment leads and upgrade opportunities.
* Maintains and manages own parts inventory with a high degree of accuracy.
* Adheres to territory back-up plans.
* Completes all required administrative tasks in an accurate and timely manner.
* Complies with all company policies.
* Customer Service
* Interacts with external customers for the purpose of determining service needs on equipment and ensuring overall high level of customer satisfaction with the service performed.
* Exhibits professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
* Maintains productive, professional relationship with all company personnel.
* Maintains a positive demeanor and is a contributing team member.
* Responsible for maintaining a "car stock" inventory.
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Fire Fighter

Firefighters typically need a high school diploma and training in emergency medical services. Prospective firefighters must pass written and physical tests, complete a series of interviews, go through training at a fire academy, and hold an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

Applicants for firefighter jobs typically must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. They must also pass a medical exam and drug screening to be hired. After being hired, firefighters may be subject to random drug tests and will also need to complete routine physical fitness assessments.


The entry-level education needed to become a firefighter is a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some class work beyond high school, such as airway management and trauma care, is usually needed to obtain the emergency medical technician (EMT) basic certification. EMT requirements vary by city and state.


Entry-level firefighters receive a few months of training at fire academies run by the fire department or by the state. Through classroom instruction and practical training, recruits study fire-fighting and fire-prevention techniques, local building codes, and emergency medical procedures. They also learn how to fight fires with standard equipment, including axes, chain saws, fire extinguishers, and ladders. After attending a fire academy, firefighters must usually complete a probationary period.

Some fire departments have accredited apprenticeship programs that last up to 4 years. These programs combine technical instruction with on-the-job-training under the supervision of experienced firefighters.

In addition to participating in training programs conducted by local or state fire departments and agencies, some firefighters attend federal training sessions sponsored by the National Fire Academy. These training sessions cover topics including anti-arson techniques, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials control, and public fire safety and education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Usually, firefighters must be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level. In addition, some fire departments require firefighters to be certified as an EMT-Paramedic. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies EMTs and paramedics. Both levels of NREMT certification require completing a training or education program and passing the national exam. The national exam has both a written part and a practical part. EMTs and paramedics may work with firefighters at the scenes of accidents.

Some states have mandatory or voluntary firefighter training and certification programs. 

The National Fire Academy also offers an Executive Fire Officer certification. To be eligible, firefighters must have a bachelor's degree.

Other Experience

Working as a volunteer firefighter may help in getting a job as a career firefighter. 


Firefighters can be promoted to engineer, then to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, assistant chief, deputy chief, and, finally, chief. For promotion to positions beyond battalion chief, many fire departments now require applicants to have a bachelor's degree, preferably in fire science, public administration, or a related field. Some firefighters eventually become fire inspectors or investigators after gaining enough experience.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Firefighters must be able to communicate conditions at an emergency scene to other firefighters and to emergency-response crews.

Courage. Firefighters’ daily job duties involve dangerous situations, such as entering a burning building. 

Decisionmaking skills. Firefighters must be able to make quick and smart decisions in an emergency. The ability to make good decisions under pressure could potentially save someone’s life.

Physical stamina. Firefighters may have to stay at disaster scenes for long periods of time to rescue and treat victims. Fighting fires requires prolonged use of strength and endurance.

Physical strength. Firefighters must be strong enough to carry heavy equipment and move debris at an emergency site. They must also be able to carry victims who are injured or cannot walk.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hebrew

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Persian

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Finnish

  • Albanian

  • Czech

  • Cheyenne

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Korean

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Top Fire Fighter Skills

  1. Emergency Calls
  2. Public Safety
  3. Responder
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided quick and immediate response to all emergency calls.
  • Perform firefighting operations, including regular drills, handling emergency responses, and ensuring public safety.
  • Supported the department operations and served as a first responder.
  • Operated rescue tools to extricate persons from automobiles during motor vehicle accidents.
  • Assist in maintaining and repairing fire apparatus and equipment, and cleaning fire stations and checks fire hydrant flow testing.

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