Municipal Firefighters
SOC: 33-2011.01

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
327,300 employed

Projected (2024):
344,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Apparatus Operator
  • Crash Crew
  • Crash, Fire, and Rescue Fire Fighter
  • Driver Engineer
  • Fire Alarm Operator
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Chief's Aide
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fire Equipment Operator
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Fighter/EMT
  • Fire Hydrant Operator
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Medic
  • Fireboat Operator
  • Firefighter
  • Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Firefighter/Medic
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Fireman
  • Hazmat Technician
  • Ladder Operator
  • Ladderman
  • Marine Fire Fighter
  • Master Fire Fighter
  • Municipal Firefighter
  • Oil Fire Specialist
  • Plugman
  • Rescue Worker
  • Safety Officer
  • Tail Board Man
  • Tail Board Worker
  • Tiller Man
  • Tiller Worker
  • Truck Operator
  • Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • Volunteer Firefighter


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
  • Take action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
  • Operate pumps connected to high-pressure hoses.
  • Select and attach hose nozzles, depending on fire type, and direct streams of water or chemicals onto fires.
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
  • Inspect fire sites after flames have been extinguished to ensure that there is no further danger.
  • Lay hose lines and connect them to water supplies.
  • Protect property from water and smoke, using waterproof salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants.
  • Participate in physical training activities to maintain a high level of physical fitness.
  • Salvage property by removing broken glass, pumping out water, and ventilating buildings to remove smoke.
  • Participate in fire drills and demonstrations of fire fighting techniques.
  • Clean and maintain fire stations and fire fighting equipment and apparatus.
  • Collaborate with police to respond to accidents, disasters, and arson investigation calls.
  • Establish firelines to prevent unauthorized persons from entering areas near fires.
  • Inform and educate the public on fire prevention.
  • Inspect buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances, testing and checking smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment as necessary.
  • Participate in courses, seminars and conferences, and study fire science literature, to learn firefighting techniques.
  • Prepare written reports that detail specifics of fire incidents.
  • Spray foam onto runways, extinguish fires, and rescue aircraft crew and passengers in air-crash emergencies.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Aerial lifting apparatus
  • Aerial trucks
  • Air bag lifting systems
  • Air chisels
  • Air purifying respirators
  • Air samplers
  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Aluminum ladders
  • Ambu bags
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automatic blood pressure cuffs
  • Aviation snips
  • Backboards
  • Backpack pumps
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Body harnesses
  • Bolt cutters
  • Bomb blankets
  • Bomb response vehicles
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers
  • Ceiling hooks
  • Chain saws
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Charged fire hoses
  • Chemical detection testers
  • Chemical protection footwear
  • Chemical protection gloves
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combustible gas detectors
  • Copper grounding cables
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Electrical resistance meters
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic leak detectors
  • Emergency suction kits
  • Equipment transport trailers
  • Escape respirators
  • Evacuation baskets
  • Evacuation chairs
  • Evacuation stretchers
  • Explosive detection analyzers
  • Explosive detection robots
  • Extension ladders
  • Face shields
  • Field emergency services neck braces
  • Field radiological measuring devices
  • Fire axes
  • Fire blankets
  • Fire hose clamps
  • Fire hose nozzles
  • Fire resistant gloves
  • Fire shelters
  • Fire trucks
  • Flat head axes
  • Full-spine immobilization devices
  • Gas-powered generators
  • Glass cutters
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Glucometers
  • Ground resistance testers
  • Grounding cables
  • Hacksaws
  • Halligan bars
  • Hand trucks
  • Handheld computers
  • Handsaws
  • Hard hats
  • Hazardous materials protective suits
  • Hazardous materials spill control devices
  • HAZMAT response vehicles
  • Hearing protectors
  • Hux bars
  • Hydrant shutoff wrenches
  • Hydraulic extrication tools
  • Hydraulic rams
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Insulated wire cutters
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB ventilators
  • Intravenous IV administration sets
  • Jacks
  • K-12 saws
  • Ladder trucks
  • Laptop computers
  • Life safety ropes
  • Life throw rings
  • Life vests
  • Limb restraints
  • Liquid splash protective clothing
  • Listening devices
  • Lug wrenches
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • McLeod tools
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Metal detectors
  • Mobile data computers
  • Multi-gas detectors
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Navigation compasses
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Non-sparking bung wrenches
  • Non-sparking hammers
  • Non-sparking spanner wrenches
  • Open end wrenches
  • Orthopedic splint sets
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Personal computers
  • pH testing strips
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pick head axes
  • Picks
  • Pike poles
  • Pinch bars
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Portable meteorological stations
  • Protective fire boots
  • Protective fire coats
  • Protective fire helmets
  • Protective hoods
  • Pry bars
  • Pulaski tools
  • Pulleys
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Pumper trucks
  • Radio communications systems
  • Radio frequency identification RFID devices
  • Reciprocating hacksaws
  • Riggings
  • Rubbish hooks
  • Safety flares
  • Scuba air regulators
  • Scuba suits
  • Search cameras
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Self-rescue ropes
  • Shovels
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Smoke ejectors
  • Socket wrenches
  • Spinal immobilization equipment
  • Spotting scopes
  • Steel wedges
  • Stokes baskets
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Surface thermometers
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Torso restraints
  • Trauma type first aid kits
  • Tree saws
  • Trench rescue shoring jacks
  • Truck wheel chocks
  • Truck-mounted water pumps
  • Truck-mounted winches
  • Two way radios
  • Uncharged fire hoses
  • Underwater video cameras
  • Utility knives
  • Ventilation fans
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Water rescue boats
  • Water testers
  • Wood ladders
  • Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Email software
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Incident command system ICS software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Plume modeling software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software


  • protective service


    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610