Municipal Firefighter

By: Ellisa Skerjanec

Tasks

•Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.

•Dress with equipment such as fire resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.

•Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.

•Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.

•Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.

Skills

· Active listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

· Coordination — adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

· Operation and Control — controlling operations of equipment or systems.

· Critical Thinking — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

· Service Orientation — actively looking for ways to help people.

Working Environment

· Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — how much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard

Hats or life jackets?

· In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?

· Physical Proximity — to what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

· Face-to-Face Discussions — how often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

· Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — how often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?

Education

62% some college, no degree.

26% High school diploma or equivalent.

5% Doctoral or professional degree.

· Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

· Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Enterprising — enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business

Values

· Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

· Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

· Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages

United States: hourly- $10.59, $14.98, $21.75, $29.17, $38.05

Yearly: $22,000 $31,200 $45,200 $60,700, $79,100

Arkansas: hourly- $8.98, $11.98, $15.24, $21.13, $26.59

Yearly: $18,700 $24,900 $31,700 $44,000 $55,300