Fire Fighting

Helen Gwynn

Fire Fighting

The action or process of extinguishing fires, as a person's job.


For most firefighters, training begins once they have been hired by a local fire department and enter the department's fire academy. Lasting anywhere from 12-18 weeks, training programs provide instruction in fire prevention, fire suppression techniques, hazardous materials control, CPR, and chain-of-command protocols. Through simulation exercises and other hands-on training, candidates become familiar with how to use and operate fire engines, fire extinguishers, ladders, hoses, axes, and other firefighting equipment.


Most firefighters have at least a post secondary, non-degree award in a discipline related to fire science, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Many fire departments only require a high school diploma or equivalent for entry into the profession.


In Charlotte, North Carolina the median Fire Fighter salary is $43,779. In Los Angeles, California the median Fire Fighter salary is $56,221 with a range usually between $32,835-$54,725. In Florida the median Fire Fighter salary is $50,779 with a range usually between $32,835-$54,725.

job growth

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.
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