Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations. The Captain typically takes a leadership role during emergency situations.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to work in this position. In addition, depending on the location, fire fighters may to attend a fire academy and need EMT training. Some fire departments may also require paramedic training. The completing of a college program in fire science or a related field may be required for a firefighter to move into a leadership position.
There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Applicants who also have paramedic training will likely have the best potential for getting these jobs.
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Firefighters generally work for local governments. They work at fire stations until they get called out to fight a fire. They often work very long shifts, and this can be an extremely dangerous job. Working conditions can be very unpleasant, too. Not only do they deal with extreme heat and smoke, but they may be required to carry very heavy equipment.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada