Job Family: Law Enforcement, Security, and Protective Services Firefighters
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | National Guard

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Photo 1: Firefighters put out blaze during training. Photo 2:
Firefighter puts on equipment.

Ofman Gomez
Occupation: Firefighter

When I was five, I came to the United States from Venezuela. I enlisted at the age of 29 which is considered a late age due to the har…

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Short Description
Military bases have their own fire departments. Military firefighting units are responsible for protecting lives and property on base from fire. Firefighters put out, control, and help prevent fires in buildings, aircraft, and aboard ships.


What They Do
Firefighters in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate pumps, hoses, and extinguishers
  • Force entry into aircraft, vehicles, and buildings in order to fight fires and rescue personnel
  • Drive firefighting trucks and emergency rescue vehicles
  • Give first aid to injured personnel
  • Inspect aircraft, buildings, and equipment for fire hazards
  • Teach fire protection procedures
  • Repair firefighting equipment and fill fire extinguishers

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include health and general science. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to remain calm under stress
  • Ability to think and act decisively
  • Willingness to risk injury to help others

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom training, including practice in fighting fires. Further training occurs on the job. Course content typically includes:
  • Types of fires
  • Firefighting equipment operations
  • Firefighting procedures
  • First aid procedures
  • Rescue procedures

Work Environment
Firefighters work indoors and outdoors while fighting fires. They are exposed to the smoke, heat, and flames of the fires they fight.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian firefighters work for city and county fire departments, other government agencies, and industrial firms. They perform duties similar to those performed by military firefighters, including rescue and salvage work.

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