Firefighters work first and foremost to protect lives, and then they turn their attention to protecting property. Some firefighters choose to work their way up the ladder, so to speak, starting with volunteer work at their local firehouse, coupled with their high school diploma.
Can you be a firefighter anywhere?
We are able to immediately respond and deal with minor or small-scale HAZMAT incidents, sometimes in conjunction with firefighting or rescue operations. We are able to provide HAZMAT capability anywhere within NSW, we can also deploy to other states and nations affected by sudden onset disasters.
What is the career path for a firefighter?
After attending a fire academy, firefighters must usually complete a probationary period. Firefighters can be promoted to engineer, then to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, assistant chief, deputy chief, and, finally, chief.
Do you have to be smart to be a firefighter?
Although firefighters do need to possess a certain degree of intelligence, there are certainly many other professions that require more “brain power” than being a firefighter. I consider firefighters to be of average intelligence, but very well-rounded.
How much do firefighters make an hour?
How much do firefighters get paid? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average firefighter makes about $50,850 annually or $24.45 per hour.
Do firefighters sleep at work?
A: Sort of. Firefighters often spend 24 hours at a time at the firehouse followed by 48 hours off duty. During this time they eat, sleep, shower, work and relax at the firehouse. So, they essentially live at the firehouse for approximately 1/3 of their career.
What do firefighters do all day?
When not fighting fires, firefighters spend all day responding to medical emergencies and other types of calls, checking equipment, vehicle maintenance, housework/cleaning, writing reports, training and education, physical fitness, public safety demos, and station tours.
Are firefighters happy?
Firefighters are one of the happiest careers in the United States. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, firefighters rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 16% of careers.
What city pays firefighters the most?
The metropolitan areas that pay the highest salary in the firefighter profession are San Jose, Vallejo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oxnard.