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FIREFIGHTER-PARAMEDIC, IN-DEPTH: The Unknown Can Be A Challenge

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Andy, a firefighter-paramedic, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Andy advises that you have to be able to handle the highs and the lows. Something that might help with coping? Working in an industry that attracts really likable people.

Job Title: Firefighter-Paramedic
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='29970'>the</span> <span m='30070'>next</span> <span m='30650'>minute,</span> <span m='30910'>you're</span> <span m='31040'>doing</span> <span m='31290'>CPR</span> <span m='32020'>on</span> <span m='32140'>somebody</span> <span m='32479'>in</span> <span m='32590'>the</span> <span m='32680'>street.</span> <span m='33140'>So</span> <span m='33320'>just</span> <span m='33780'>having</span> <span m='33970'>that</span> <span m='34140'>unknown</span> <span m='35420'>is</span> <span m='35660'>a</span> <span m='35710'>bit</span> <span m='35840'>of</span> <span m='35910'>a</span> <span m='35980'>challenge</span> <span m='36440'>sometimes.</span> <span m='36930'>You've</span> <span m='36990'>got</span> <span m='37080'>to</span> <span m='37120'>be</span> <span m='37240'>able</span> <span m='37450'>to</span> <span m='37540'>handle</span> <span m='38020'>the</span> <span m='38110'>highs</span> <span m='38780'>and</span> <span m='38990'>lows,</span> <span m='39550'>so</span> <span 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