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BATTALION FIRE CHIEF: You Laugh And Cry With Your Patients Sometimes

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Joe, a battalion chief at his local fire department, has worked in emergency services since he was in high school. From dispatcher to chief, he has gotten hot, sweaty and dirty, but still describes this as "the best job that anybody could have."

Job Title: Battalion Fire Chief
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Firefighters

Job Description

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Firefighters must usually be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Strength/stamina, Courageous, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fire Protection
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m='11790'>the</span> <span m='11860'>stations</span> <span m='12300'>that</span> <span m='12430'>I'm</span> <span m='12540'>responsible</span> <span m='13170'>for.</span> <span m='13520'>I</span> <span m='13960'>go</span> <span m='14300'>around</span> <span m='14590'>to</span> <span m='14670'>all</span> <span m='14830'>the</span> <span m='14910'>stations</span> <span m='15630'>and</span> <span m='15820'>see</span> <span m='15970'>my</span> <span m='16110'>guys</span> <span m='16430'>and</span> <span m='16530'>gals,</span> <span m='17740'>check</span> <span m='17950'>their</span> <span m='18080'>reports</span> <span m='18570'>and</span> <span m='18670'>sign</span> <span m='18920'>them</span> <span m='18970'>in.</span> <span m='19710'>And</span> <span m='20490'>I</span> <span m='20820'>take</span> <span m='21040'>calls</span> <span m='22070'>with</span> <span m='22260'>my</span> <span m='22380'>crews.</span> <span m='23530'>It's</span> <span m='23710'>a</span> <span m='24220'>great</span> <span m='24440'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='24860'>Now,</span> <span m='25350'>I</span> <span m='25570'>started</span> <span m='25900'>when</span> <span m='26040'>I</span> <span m='26100'>was</span> <span m='26240'>17.</span> <span m='26790'>I</span> <span m='26850'>was</span> <span m='27020'>actually</span> <span m='27390'>a</span> <span m='27760'>senior</span> <span m='28170'>in</span> <span m='28240'>high</span> <span m='28400'>school.</span> <span m='29520'>Back</span> <span m='29720'>in</span> <span m='29790'>those</span> <span m='30000'>days,</span> <span m='30370'>which</span> <span m='30400'>was</span> <span m='30860'>a</span> <span m='30900'>long</span> <span m='31070'>time</span> <span m='31270'>ago,</span> <span m='32500'>I</span> <span m='32850'>only</span> <span m='33050'>had</span> <span m='33180'>one</span> <span m='33370'>class</span> <span m='33750'>my</span> <span m='33870'>senior</span> <span m='34240'>year.</span> <span m='34440'>That</span> <span m='34560'>was</span> <span m='34720'>English.</span> <span m='35160'>I</span> <span m='35500'>had it</span> <span m='35870'>first thing in</span> <span m='35920'>the</span> <span m='35970'>morning.</span> <span m='36330'>And</span> <span m='36420'>when</span> <span m='36620'>I</span> <span m='36680'>left</span> <span m='38700'>school</span> <span m='39280'>I</span> <span m='39310'>went</span> <span m='39670'>right to</span> <span m='39750'>the</span> <span m='39850'>fire</span> <span m='40070'>department.</span> <span m='40610'>And</span> <span m='40780'>I</span> <span m='40820'>was</span> <span m='40970'>a</span> <span m='41010'>dispatcher</span> <span m='41530'>at</span> <span m='41610'>the</span> <span m='41700'>time,</span> <span m='42020'>They</span> <span m='42140'>hired me</span> <span m='42550'>as a</span> <span m='42620'>dispatcher.</span> </p><p><span m='43510'>When I</span> <span m='43900'>turned</span> <span m='44200'>18,</span> <span m='45840'>I</span> <span m='45930'>went</span> <span m='46110'>to</span> <span m='46960'>emergency</span> <span m='47210'>medical</span> <span m='47550'>technician</span> <span m='48050'>school,</span> <span m='49560'>and</span> <span m='49710'>then</span> <span m='50540'>fire</span> <span m='50840'>school,</span> <span m='51180'>and then</span> <span m='51310'>paramedic</span> <span m='51720'>school.</span> <span m='52860'>And</span> <span m='53630'>through</span> <span m='53800'>that</span> <span m='54040'>time</span> <span m='54250'>I</span> <span m='54290'>went</span> <span m='54450'>to</span> <span m='54530'>college</span> <span m='54980'>then</span> <span m='55340'>through a</span> <span m='55550'>local</span> <span m='57110'>college</span> <span m='58740'>for</span> <span m='58860'>my</span> <span m='59210'>AS degree</span> <span m='59600'>in</span> <span m='59750'>fire</span> <span m='60020'>science.</span> <span m='61400'>And</span> <span m='61820'>from</span> <span m='62020'>there</span> <span m='62340'>I</span> <span m='62900'>went</span> <span m='63160'>up</span> <span m='63240'>through</span> <span m='63330'>the</span> <span m='63420'>ranks</span> <span m='63670'>to</span> <span m='63760'>lieutenant</span> <span m='64190'>and</span> <span m='64379'>captain.</span> </p><p><span m='65080'>And</span> <span m='65209'>a</span> <span m='65269'>position</span> <span m='65680'>came</span> <span m='65920'>open</span> <span m='66200'>for</span> <span m='66900'>fire</span> <span m='67090'>investigator,</span> <span m='68060'>chief</span> <span m='68400'>fire</span> <span m='68640'>investigator,</span> <span m='69240'>so</span> <span m='69500'>I</span> <span m='70770'>applied</span> <span m='71190'>for</span> <span m='71290'>that</span> <span m='71680'>and they</span> <span m='71890'>sent</span> <span m='72060'>me</span> <span m='72140'>to</span> <span m='72230'>law</span> <span m='73090'>enforcement</span> <span m='73630'>school.</span> <span m='74550'>And</span> <span m='74760'>I</span> <span m='74830'>got</span> <span m='75010'>certified</span> <span m='75530'>in</span> <span m='75630'>that</span> <span m='76020'>and</span> <span m='77720'>did</span> <span m='77810'>that</span> <span m='78030'>for</span> <span m='78120'>like</span> <span m='78270'>15</span> <span m='78670'>years</span> <span m='79320'>in</span> <span m='79390'>my</span> <span m='79530'>career.</span> <span m='80720'>And</span> <span m='80840'>it</span> <span m='80900'>was</span> <span m='81040'>great.</span> <span m='81420'>And</span> <span m='82420'>this</span> <span m='82670'>is</span> <span m='82790'>what</span> <span m='83420'>I</span> <span m='83490'>love.</span> <span m='83830'>I love</span> <span m='83940'>running</span> <span m='84180'>calls</span> <span m='84880'>and</span> <span m='85280'>having</span> <span m='85500'>a</span> <span m='85570'>camaraderie</span> <span m='85960'>with</span> <span m='86230'>the</span> <span m='86300'>guys</span> <span m='86670'>that I</span> <span m='86730'>work</span> <span m='87000'>with</span> <span m='87260'>and</span> <span m='87870'>so I'm</span> <span m='88040'>back</span> <span m='88260'>on</span> <span m='88370'>a</span> <span m='88430'>line.</span> </p><p><span m='90000'>To</span> <span m='90080'>get</span> <span m='90280'>a</span> <span m='90320'>job</span> <span m='90700'>like</span> <span m='90950'>mine,</span> <span m='91680'>you</span> <span m='91820'>should</span> <span m='91990'>expect</span> <span m='92420'>to</span> <span m='92970'>get</span> <span m='93100'>hot,</span> <span m='93300'>and</span> <span m='93410'>sweaty,</span> <span m='94010'>and</span> <span m='94240'>dirty;</span> <span m='95170'>be</span> <span m='95520'>up</span> <span m='95670'>all</span> <span m='95840'>night</span> <span m='96060'>sometimes.</span> <span m='98180'>You can</span> <span m='98980'>laugh</span> <span m='99480'>with</span> <span m='99720'>your</span> <span m='99860'>patients</span> <span m='100310'>sometimes</span> <span m='100810'>and</span> <span m='100890'>cry with</span> <span m='101160'>your</span> <span m='101300'>patients</span> <span m='101680'>sometimes.</span> <span m='103290'>It's</span> <span m='103490'>a</span> <span m='103540'>great</span> <span m='103870'>job.</span> <span m='104130'>It's the</span> <span m='104390'>best</span> <span m='104630'>job</span> <span m='104900'>that</span> <span m='105950'>I</span> <span m='106050'>can</span> <span m='106210'>say</span> <span m='106380'>that</span> <span m='106540'>anybody</span> <span m='106940'>could</span> <span m='107080'>have.</span> <span m='108370'>But</span> <span m='108820'>sometimes</span> <span m='109340'>you</span> <span m='109430'>see</span> <span m='110080'>things</span> <span m='110430'>that</span> <span m='111150'>people</span> <span m='111440'>shouldn't</span> <span m='111670'>have</span> <span m='111860'>to</span> <span m='111960'>see</span> <span m='112300'>and</span> <span m='112640'>it</span> <span m='112810'>stays</span> <span m='113100'>with</span> <span m='113280'>you.</span> <span m='114270'>And</span> <span m='114790'>so you</span> <span m='115270'>just need</span> <span m='115460'>to</span> <span m='115610'>be</span> <span m='115740'>prepared</span> <span m='116140'>for</span> <span m='116360'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255792,"video_id":"2700143584001","name":"69924426","duration":117632,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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