What does a Municipal Firefighter do?
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
- 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.