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33-2011.01 - Municipal Fire Fighters
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue
Sample of reported job titles: Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency
Medical Technician), Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Fireman, Master Fire
Fighter, Apparatus Operator, Driver Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Chief
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Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Work Context |
Job Zone | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment


Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.

Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.

Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.

Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.

Dress with equipment such as fire resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.

Move toward the source of a fire using knowledge of types of fires,

construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.

Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to

rescue individuals from burning structures.

Take action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.

Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive

instructions, using two-way radios.

Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and
industrial accidents.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:
Blocks or pulleys Block and tackle equipment; Pulleys; Rigging kits
Fire or rescue trucks Bomb response vehicles; Fire trucks; HAZMAT response
vehicles; Pumper trucks
Fire suppression hand tools McLeod tools; Pick head axes; Pulaski tools;
Rubbish hooks
Power saws Chain saws; Circular saws; K-12 saws; Reciprocating power
Pry bars Halligan bars; Hux bars; Pinch bars
Technology used in this occupation:
Data base user interface and query software Affiliated Computer Services
ACS FIREHOUSE; Fire incident reporting systems; Microsoft Access
Office suite software Microsoft Office
Project management software Incident command system ICS software
Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
Word processing software Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word
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Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for
providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs
assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies,
procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security
operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses,
repair, and maintenance.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed
to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes
symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive
health-care measures.

Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of

substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo.
This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production
techniques, and disposal methods.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools
involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such
as highways and roads.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English
language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their
interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and
atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic
structures and processes.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures,
precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the
democratic political process.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics,
and their applications.
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking
time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not
interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do
a job.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and
weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and
determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in
work related documents.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both
current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go

wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to
produce answers that make sense.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure,
object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or
carry objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for
example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or
lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and
ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking
so others will understand.
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the
environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize
information into meaningful patterns.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form
general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly
unrelated events).
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Work Activities
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment,
structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by
categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting
changes in circumstances or events.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information
from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing
information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written
form, e-mail, or in person.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running,
maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as
forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing
information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating
results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that

require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such
as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing,
positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and
applying new knowledge to your job.
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Work Context
Deal With External Customers How important is it to work with external
customers or the public in this job?
Physical Proximity To what extent does this job require the worker to perform
job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety How much responsibility is there
for the health and safety of others in this job?
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather How often does this job require working
outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
Work With Work Group or Team How important is it to work with others in a
group or team in this job?
Face-to-Face Discussions How often do you have to have face-to-face
discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
Frequency of Decision Making How frequently is the worker required to make
decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and
reputation of the organization?
Telephone How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results How do the
decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment How often does this job require working
in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
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Job Zone
Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Overall Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required
Experience for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have
completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of
vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam,
in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of
training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training

with experienced workers.

Job Zone These occupations usually involve using communication and
Examples organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train
others to accomplish goals. Examples include funeral directors,
electricians, forest and conservation technicians, legal secretaries,
interviewers, and insurance sales agents.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational
schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Some may require a bachelor's degree.
There are 7 recognized apprenticeable specialties associated with this
Fire Fighter, Crash, Fire, and Rescue; Fire Fighter; Fire Apparatus Engineer; Fire
Engineer; Fire Medic; Fire Fighter Paramedic; Fire Fighter Diver
To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities, please consult the U.S.
Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information website.
For general information about apprenticeships, training, and partnerships with
business, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship website.
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Interest code: RSE
Realistic Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include
practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals,
and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations
require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
with others.
Social Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with,
and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service
to others.
Enterprising Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying
out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many
decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
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Work Styles
Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and
fulfilling obligations.
Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a
good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in
completing work tasks.
Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check,
controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and
effectively with high stress situations.
Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings
and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to
address work-related issues and problems.
Persistence Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Social Orientation Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone,
and being personally connected with others on the job.
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Work Values
Support Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management
that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies,
Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to
provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive
environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social
Achievement Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and
allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of
accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
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Security Guards


Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service



Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Fire Fighters.
Employment data collected from Fire Fighters.

Median wages (2008) $21.28 hourly, $44,260 annual

Employment (2006) 293,000 employees
Projected growth (20062016)

Average (7% to 13%)

Projected need (2006- 142,000 additional employees

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008 wage data and 2006-2016 employment projections .
"Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period
(2006-2016). "Projected need" represents job openings due to growth and net replacement.
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