Details Report for:
33-2011.01 - Municipal Firefighters
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
Sample of reported job titles: Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Engineer, Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter/EMT, Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician), Firefighter/Paramedic, Fireman
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Tools used in this occupation:
- Acoustic sensors — Listening devices
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air bags for loading — Air bag lifting systems
- Air exhausters — Smoke ejectors
- Air samplers or collectors — Air samplers
- All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
- Basket stretchers or accessories — Evacuation baskets; Stokes baskets
- Binoculars — Surveillance binoculars
- Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment; Pulleys; Riggings
- Bolt cutters
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Electrical resistance meters; Ground resistance testers
- Chemical test strips or papers — Chemical detection testers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cold chisels
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Search cameras
- Ear plugs — Hearing protectors
- Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines
- Electronic blood pressure units — Automatic blood pressure cuffs
- Emergency medical service intravenous IV kit — Intravenous IV administration sets
- Emergency medical services cervical or extrication collars — Field emergency services neck braces
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — Trauma type first aid kits
- Emergency medical services suction units or accessories — Emergency suction kits
- Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Evacuation chairs; Evacuation stretchers
- Extremity restraints — Limb restraints
- Facial shields — Face shields
- Fans — Ventilation fans
- Fire blankets — Bomb blankets
- Fire escape equipment — Fire shelters
- Fire extinguishers — Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers; Dry chemical fire extinguishers; Multipurpose fire extinguishers
- Fire fighting watercraft — Water rescue boats
- Fire hoses or nozzles — Charged fire hoses; Fire hose nozzles; Uncharged fire hoses
- Fire or rescue trucks — Aerial trucks; Bomb response vehicles; Fire trucks; Pumper trucks (see all 6 examples)
- Fire pump sets — Backpack pumps
- Fire retardant apparel — Protective fire coats
- Fire retardant footwear — Protective fire boots
- Fire suppression hand tools — Fire axes; McLeod tools; Pick head axes; Pulaski tools (see all 8 examples)
- Flares — Safety flares
- Flatbed trailers — Equipment transport trailers
- Forestry saws — Tree saws
- Gas detectors — Combustible gas detectors
- Gas generators — Gas-powered generators
- Geological compasses — Navigation compasses
- Glass cutters
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers
- Grounding hardware — Copper grounding cables; Grounding cables
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws; Reciprocating hacksaws
- Hammers — Non-sparking hammers
- Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks
- Hard hats
- Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous materials protective suits; Liquid splash protective clothing
- Hazardous material protective footwear — Chemical protection footwear
- Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers; Thermal imaging cameras
- Hold down clamps — Fire hose clamps
- Hydraulic pumps — Hydraulic rams
- Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB ventilators
- Jacks — Trench rescue shoring jacks
- Ladders — Aluminum ladders; Extension ladders; Wood ladders
- Life rings — Life throw rings
- Life vests or preservers — Life vests
- Liquid leak detectors — Electronic leak detectors
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
- Manlift or personnel lift — Aerial lifting apparatus
- Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
- Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen cylinders
- Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure cuffs
- Metal cutters — Aviation snips; Hydraulic extrication tools
- Metal detectors
- Multi gas monitors — Multi-gas detectors
- Needlenose pliers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers
- Nylon rope — Life safety ropes; Self-rescue ropes
- Open end wrenches
- Orthopedic splint systems — Orthopedic splint sets
- Personal computers
- pH test strips or papers — pH testing strips
- Pipe wrenches
- Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels
- Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers
- Power saws — Chain saws; Circular saws; K-12 saws
- Protective gloves — Chemical protection gloves; Fire resistant gloves
- Pry bars — Halligan bars; Hux bars; Pinch bars
- Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters
- Radiation detectors — Field radiological measuring devices
- Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency identification RFID devices
- Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
- Respirators — Air purifying respirators; Escape respirators
- Resuscitation masks or accessories — Ambu bags
- Safety harnesses or belts — Body harnesses
- Safety helmets — Protective fire helmets
- Safety hoods — Protective hoods
- Saws — Handsaws
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
- Scuba regulators — Scuba air regulators
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers
- Sockets — Socket wrenches
- Spanner wrenches — Non-sparking spanner wrenches
- Specialty wrenches — Hydrant shutoff wrenches; Non-sparking bung wrenches
- Spill kits — Hazardous materials spill control devices
- Spine boards — Backboards; Full-spine immobilization devices; Spinal immobilization equipment
- Surface thermometers
- Telescopes — Spotting scopes
- Torso and belt restraints — Torso restraints
- Two way radios — Radio communications systems
- Underwater cameras — Underwater video cameras
- Utility knives
- Water analyzers — Water testers
- Water pumps — Truck-mounted water pumps
- Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies — Explosive detection analyzers; Explosive detection robots
- Weather stations — Portable meteorological stations
- Wedges — Steel wedges
- Wetsuits — Scuba suits
- Wheel chocks — Truck wheel chocks
- Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches
- Winches — Truck-mounted winches
- Wire cutters — Insulated wire cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Plume modeling software
- Data base user interface and query software — Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE; Fire incident reporting systems; Microsoft Access
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Map creation software — Geographic information system GIS software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Project management software — Incident command system ICS software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word
- Administer first aid.
- Rescue people from hazardous situations.
- Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
- Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
- Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
- Prepare investigation or incident reports.
- Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
- Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
- Operate firefighting equipment.
- Assess characteristics of fires.
- Locate fires or fire danger areas.
- Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
- Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires.
- Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
- Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
- Protect property from fire or water damage.
- Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
- Block physical access to restricted areas.
- Participate in physical training to maintain fitness.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required 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. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|31||Some college, no degree|
|26||High school diploma or equivalent|
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.
|29-2041.00||Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Bright Outlook|
|33-1021.01||Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors|
|33-1021.02||Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors|
|47-1011.00||First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers|
|49-9051.00||Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers Green|
|51-8031.00||Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators|
|53-5021.01||Ship and Boat Captains|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Firefighters.
Employment data collected from Firefighters.
Industry data collected from Firefighters.
|Median wages (2014)||$22.10 hourly, $45,970 annual|
|Employment (2012)||307,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||104,000|
|Top industries (2012)||
Government (95% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Firefighters . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.