Details Report for:
33-2011.00 - Firefighters
Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.
The occupation code you requested, 33-2011.02 (Forest Firefighters), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 33-2011.00 (Firefighters) instead.
Sample of reported job titles: Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Rescue Technician, Fire Technician, Firefighter, Forest Fire Suppression Specialist, Forestry Fire Technician, Hot Shot, Wildland Firefighter
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
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- 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
- Geographic information system — Geographic information system GIS software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect; Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Project management software — Incident command system ICS software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Acoustic sensors — Listening devices
- Adjustable wrenches
- Agricultural tractors — Farm tractors
- 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; Marsh rigs
- Anemometers — Wind gauges
- Armored recovery vehicle — Bomb response vehicles
- 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
- 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 chemical truck — HAZMAT response vehicles
- Fire fighting ladder truck — Ladder trucks
- Fire fighting pump truck — Pumper trucks
- Fire fighting watercraft — Water rescue boats
- Fire hoses or nozzles — Fire hose nozzles; Fire hoses; Synthetic fire hoses; Uncharged fire hoses (see all 6 examples)
- Fire pump sets — Backpack pumps; Foam pumps; Power pumps
- Fire retardant apparel — Fire resistant clothing; Protective fire coats
- Fire retardant footwear — Firefighting boots; Protective fire boots
- Fire suppression hand tools — McLeod tools; Pulaski tools; Rubbish hooks; Single-bit axes (see all 9 examples)
- Flares — Pyrotechnic 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
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Grounding hardware — Copper grounding cables; Grounding cables
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws; Reciprocating hacksaws
- Hammers — Non-sparking hammers
- Hand pumps — Hand-operated pumps
- 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
- Lighters — Backfiring fusees; Drip torches
- Liquid leak detectors — Electronic leak detectors
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
- Manlift or personnel lift — Aerial lifting apparatus
- Medical acoustic stethoscopes — 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
- Mobile medical service intravenous IV kits — Intravenous IV administration sets
- Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
- Mobile medical services basket stretchers — Evacuation baskets; Stokes baskets
- Mobile medical services cervical or extrication collars — Field emergency services neck braces
- Mobile medical services first aid kits — First aid kits; Trauma type first aid kits
- Mobile medical services litter — Evacuation chairs; Evacuation stretchers
- Mobile medical services spine boards — Backboards; Full-spine immobilization devices; Spinal immobilization equipment
- Mobile medical services suction antichoke devices — Emergency suction kits
- Mowers — Tractor-mounted mowers
- 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
- Picks — Mattocks
- Pipe wrenches
- Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels
- Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers
- Power saws — Chain saws; Circular saws; Falling saws; K-12 saws
- Protective gloves — Chemical protection gloves; Fire resistant gloves
- Protective hood — Protective hoods
- 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
- Rescue truck — Aerial trucks; Fire trucks; Wildland fire engines
- Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
- Respirators — Air purifying respirators; Escape respirators
- Resuscitation masks — Ambu bags
- Safety glasses
- Safety harnesses or belts — Body harnesses
- Safety helmets — Protective fire helmets
- Saws — Handsaws
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
- Scuba regulators — Scuba air regulators
- Shovels — Forest fire shovels
- 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
- Surface thermometers
- Telescopes — Spotting scopes
- Torso and belt restraints — Torso restraints
- Track bulldozers — Tracked bulldozers
- 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
- Rescue people from hazardous situations.
- Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
- Locate fires or fire danger areas.
- Assess characteristics of fires.
- Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
- Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
- Operate firefighting equipment.
- Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
- Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires.
- Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
- Request emergency personnel.
- Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
- Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations.
- Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
- Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
- Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
- Prepare investigation or incident reports.
- Protect property from fire or water damage.
- Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
- Participate in physical training to maintain fitness.
- Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
- Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
- Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
- Implement advanced life support techniques.
- Provide first aid or rescue assistance in emergencies.
- Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
- Treat medical emergencies.
|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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
|33-1021.00||First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers|
|37-1012.00||First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers|
|47-4041.00||Hazardous Materials Removal Workers|
|47-5012.00||Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas|
|47-5032.00||Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters|
|49-9051.00||Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers|
|51-8031.00||Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators|
|53-5021.00||Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Bright Outlook|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$25.24 hourly, $52,500 annual|
|Employment (2020)||317,200 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Average (5% to 10%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||27,000|
|Top industries (2020)||
Government (95% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- IAFF FireFighters
- International Association of Black Professional Firefighters
- International Association of Wildland Fire
- International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
- National Wildfire Suppression Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Firefighters
- Society of American Foresters
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers