Career Details for Municipal Firefighters

Municipal Firefighters

Also called:

Fire Captain, Fire Engineer, Fire Fighter, Firefighter

What they do:

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

On the job, you would:

  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.

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Safety and Government

  • public safety and security
  • law and government


  • customer service
  • management

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions


  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement

  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly decide if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE
  • Microsoft Access

Office suite software

  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel


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high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school usually needed

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New job opportunities are likely in the future.


per year, on average
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