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CAPTAIN - PUBLIC EDUCATION DIVISION, IN-DEPTH: Perpetual Student

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Susan, a Captain in the Public Education Division, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. If you love learning and constantly gaining more knowledge, this might be the career for you - according to Susan you will be a perpetual student in this field because there is always more to learn and new information to take in.

Degree: Education
Job Title: Captain - Public Education Division
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
National Statistic Change Location
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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='14560'>into</span> <span m='14810'>a</span> <span m='14880'>fire</span> <span m='15310'>and</span> <span m='15630'>save</span> <span m='15870'>somebody's</span> <span m='16379'>life,</span> <span m='16790'>I</span> <span m='16930'>have</span> <span m='17080'>no</span> <span m='17300'>doubt</span> <span m='17810'>that</span> <span m='19520'>teaching</span> <span m='19860'>people</span> <span m='20440'>what</span> <span m='20860'>to</span> <span m='20950'>do</span> <span m='21240'>and what</span> <span m='21460'>not</span> <span m='21680'>to</span> <span m='21760'>do</span> <span m='22210'>in</span> <span m='22460'>a</span> <span m='22510'>fire</span> <span m='23090'>does</span> <span m='23350'>save</span> <span m='23660'>lives.</span> <span m='23960'>So</span> <span m='25010'>it's</span> <span m='25200'>not</span> <span m='25400'>as</span> <span m='25500'>dramatic</span> <span m='26210'>as</span> <span m='26410'>actually</span> <span m='26860'>going</span> <span m='27160'>into</span> <span m='27420'>a</span> <span m='27490'>fire,</span> <span m='27850'>but</span> <span m='28100'>I</span> <span m='28180'>definitely</span> <span m='28610'>know that</span> <span m='28970'>I make</span> <span m='29190'>a</span> <span m='29230'>difference.</span> <span m='30170'>I</span> <span m='30560'>love</span> <span m='30780'>dealing</span> <span m='31080'>with</span> <span m='31200'>the</span> <span m='31280'>public.</span> </p><p><span m='33310'>What</span> <span m='33470'>would</span> <span m='33740'>you</span> <span m='33800'>say</span> <span m='34010'>some of</span> <span m='34270'>the challenges</span> <span m='34690'>are?</span> </p><p><span m='36690'>Well,</span> <span m='37420'>as</span> <span m='37630'>the</span> <span m='37710'>public</span> <span m='38000'>information</span> <span m='38540'>officer,</span> <span m='39080'>I'm</span> <span m='39360'>on</span> <span m='39800'>duty</span> <span m='40120'>24/7.</span> <span m='41200'>I'm</span> <span m='41280'>on</span> <span m='41520'>call.</span> <span m='42530'>So</span> <span m='43920'>that</span> <span m='44390'>kind</span> <span m='44640'>of</span> <span m='44750'>interferes</span> <span m='45190'>with</span> <span m='45350'>my</span> <span m='45520'>personal</span> <span m='46030'>life.</span> <span m='46850'>And</span> <span m='47930'>many</span> <span m='48200'>times</span> <span m='48480'>I</span> <span m='48550'>get</span> <span m='48690'>called</span> <span m='49010'>out</span> <span m='49160'>in</span> <span m='49200'>the</span> <span m='49300'>middle</span> <span m='49560'>of</span> <span m='49620'>the</span> <span m='49730'>night</span> <span m='50050'>to</span> <span m='50120'>have</span> <span m='50270'>to</span> <span m='50360'>respond</span> <span m='50800'>to</span> <span m='50920'>an</span> <span m='50980'>emergency.</span> <span m='51890'>And</span> <span m='52200'>even</span> <span m='52440'>during</span> <span m='52650'>the</span> <span m='52750'>day</span> <span m='53020'>when</span> <span m='53270'>I'm</span> <span m='53400'>busy</span> <span m='53780'>doing</span> <span m='55790'>my</span> <span m='56980'>public</span> <span m='57510'>education</span> <span m='58740'>job,</span> <span m='59200'>a</span> <span m='59270'>lot</span> <span m='59470'>of</span> <span m='59530'>times</span> <span m='59820'>the</span> <span m='59950'>media</span> <span m='60320'>will</span> <span m='60490'>call</span> <span m='60970'>and</span> <span m='61100'>I</span> <span m='61160'>have</span> <span m='61280'>to</span> <span m='61370'>drop</span> <span m='61660'>everything</span> <span m='62740'>and</span> <span m='62980'>respond</span> <span m='63440'>to</span> <span m='63510'>the</span> <span m='63620'>scene</span> <span m='63950'>or</span> <span m='64060'>be</span> <span m='64230'>ready</span> <span m='64540'>to</span> <span m='64640'>do</span> <span m='65019'>an</span> <span m='65129'>interview.</span> <span m='66160'>And</span> <span m='66690'>it</span> <span m='66760'>makes</span> <span m='67020'>it</span> <span m='67110'>difficult</span> <span m='67620'>to--</span> <span m='67930'>yeah,</span> <span m='68140'>it's</span> <span m='68310'>hard</span> <span m='68530'>to</span> <span m='68600'>juggle</span> <span m='68890'>both</span> <span m='69300'>positions.</span> </p><p><span m='71070'>The</span> <span m='71220'>key</span> <span m='71460'>decisions</span> <span m='72210'>that</span> <span m='72340'>I've</span> <span m='72460'>made</span> <span m='72750'>that</span> <span m='72820'>led</span> <span m='73050'>me</span> <span m='73610'>to</span> <span m='74160'>where</span> <span m='74540'>I</span> <span m='74620'>am</span> <span m='74840'>today,</span> <span m='75670'>number</span> <span m='75980'>one,</span> <span m='77140'>would</span> <span m='77330'>probably</span> <span m='78080'>be</span> <span m='79130'>working</span> <span m='79580'>harder</span> <span m='80170'>than--</span> <span m='81660'>being</span> <span m='81930'>a</span> <span m='82000'>woman</span> <span m='82290'>I</span> <span m='82330'>had</span> <span m='82490'>to</span> <span m='82550'>work</span> <span m='82750'>harder</span> <span m='83040'>than</span> <span m='83280'>most</span> <span m='83520'>of</span> <span m='83560'>the men</span> <span m='84070'>to</span> <span m='84190'>prove</span> <span m='84490'>myself.</span> <span m='85800'>And</span> <span m='86370'>that</span> <span m='86550'>took</span> <span m='86700'>a</span> <span m='86760'>really,</span> <span m='87120'>really</span> <span m='87250'>long</span> <span m='87440'>time.</span> <span m='89190'>I</span> <span m='89270'>also</span> <span m='91740'>continued,</span> <span m='92210'>from</span> <span m='92340'>the</span> <span m='92440'>time</span> <span m='92670'>I</span> <span m='92730'>started</span> <span m='93230'>taking</span> <span m='93610'>classes,</span> <span m='94220'>fire</span> <span m='95110'>education</span> <span m='95630'>classes,</span> <span m='96070'>I</span> <span m='96220'>didn't</span> <span m='96480'>stop.</span> <span m='96900'>I</span> <span m='96970'>kept</span> <span m='97250'>going.</span> <span m='97630'>And</span> <span m='98110'>this</span> <span m='98290'>is</span> <span m='98410'>a</span> <span m='98490'>career</span> <span m='98930'>where</span> <span m='99660'>you</span> <span m='99800'>never</span> <span m='100100'>know</span> <span m='100600'>it</span> <span m='100750'>all.</span> <span m='101020'>I've</span> <span m='101080'>been</span> <span m='101280'>on</span> <span m='101380'>the</span> <span m='101460'>job</span> <span m='101680'>for</span> <span m='101790'>23</span> <span m='102290'>years</span> <span m='102680'>and</span> <span m='103070'>every</span> <span m='103340'>day</span> <span m='103690'>I</span> <span m='103790'>learn</span> <span m='104040'>something</span> <span m='104390'>else.</span> <span m='104790'>And</span> <span m='104890'>you</span> <span m='104990'>have</span> <span m='105120'>to</span> <span m='105660'>just</span> <span m='105860'>know</span> <span m='106000'>that you're</span> <span m='106230'>going</span> <span m='106350'>to</span> <span m='106410'>be</span> <span m='106540'>a</span> <span m='106710'>perpetual</span> <span m='107390'>student</span> <span m='108860'>as</span> <span m='109070'>a</span> <span m='109130'>firefighter.</span> </p><p><span m='111470'>The</span> <span m='111680'>difficulty</span> <span m='112630'>in</span> <span m='112780'>getting</span> <span m='113060'>a</span> <span m='113110'>job</span> <span m='114850'>as</span> <span m='115040'>a</span> <span m='115100'>firefighter</span> <span m='116060'>in</span> <span m='116540'>this</span> <span m='116760'>economic</span> <span m='117280'>climate,</span> <span m='117690'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='118290'>it's</span> <span m='118740'>very</span> <span m='118960'>difficult,</span> <span m='119490'>as</span> <span m='119710'>with</span> <span m='120050'>any</span> <span m='120300'>job.</span> <span m='121350'>You</span> <span m='121550'>have</span> <span m='122890'>the</span> <span m='123010'>fire</span> <span m='123360'>academies</span> <span m='124130'>pumping</span> <span m='124520'>out</span> <span m='124730'>class</span> <span m='125090'>after</span> <span m='125370'>class</span> <span m='125940'>and</span> <span m='126150'>they're</span> <span m='126320'>all</span> <span m='126650'>vying</span> <span m='127080'>for</span> <span m='127950'>a</span> <span m='128229'>handful</span> <span m='128690'>of</span> <span m='128800'>positions.</span> <span m='129949'>However,</span> <span m='131240'>there's</span> <span m='131500'>always</span> <span m='131860'>going</span> <span m='131980'>to</span> <span m='132070'>be</span> <span m='132250'>a</span> <span m='132270'>need</span> <span m='132640'>for</span> <span m='132850'>paramedics</span> <span m='133430'>and</span> <span m='133550'>firefighters.</span> <span m='134190'>So</span> <span m='134430'>it's</span> <span m='134870'>probably</span> <span m='136220'>a</span> <span m='136320'>better</span> <span m='136570'>field</span> <span m='136930'>to</span> <span m='137040'>go</span> <span m='137240'>into</span> <span m='138100'>than</span> <span m='138980'>a</span> <span m='139120'>field</span> <span m='139410'>where</span> <span m='139580'>there</span> <span m='139960'>are</span> <span m='140140'>constantly,</span> <span m='142940'>whatever</span> <span m='143350'>you</span> <span m='143430'>say,</span> <span m='143620'>downsizing,</span> <span m='144780'>getting</span> <span m='145050'>rid</span> <span m='145210'>of</span> <span m='145290'>people.</span> <span m='145880'>They</span> <span m='146210'>can</span> <span m='146350'>do</span> <span m='146450'>more</span> <span m='146800'>with less.</span> <span m='147460'>You</span> <span m='147610'>can't</span> <span m='147850'>really</span> <span m='148070'>do</span> <span m='148210'>that</span> <span m='148390'>with</span> <span m='148510'>the</span> <span m='148580'>fire</span> <span m='148840'>department.</span> </p><p><span m='150950'>What</span> <span m='151170'>is</span> <span m='151310'>your</span> <span m='151470'>work</span> <span m='151960'>life</span> <span m='152200'>balance</span> <span m='152590'>like?</span> </p><p><span m='153960'>Well,</span> <span m='154260'>right</span> <span m='154560'>now,</span> <span m='154910'>because</span> <span m='155290'>I'm</span> <span m='155520'>on</span> <span m='155740'>call</span> <span m='156050'>24/7,</span> <span m='157180'>it's</span> <span m='157740'>very</span> <span m='158040'>difficult.</span> <span m='159926'>But</span> <span m='161310'>when</span> <span m='161530'>I</span> <span m='161610'>was</span> <span m='161760'>a</span> <span m='161820'>firefighter</span> <span m='162440'>on line</span> <span m='163040'>and</span> <span m='163140'>I</span> <span m='163200'>did a</span> <span m='163450'>24</span> <span m='163920'>hour</span> <span m='164100'>shift,</span> <span m='165000'>it</span> <span m='165150'>was</span> <span m='165680'>very</span> <span m='166030'>easy</span> <span m='166270'>to</span> <span m='166340'>balance</span> <span m='167170'>my</span> <span m='167410'>home</span> <span m='167700'>life</span> <span m='167990'>and</span> <span m='168690'>my</span> <span m='168820'>work</span> <span m='169070'>life</span> <span m='169420'>because</span> <span m='169600'>you</span> <span m='169690'>have</span> <span m='169810'>a</span> <span m='169850'>lot</span> <span m='170050'>of</span> <span m='170110'>time</span> <span m='170380'>off.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255786,"video_id":"2701283170001","name":"69914507","duration":172010,"thumbnail_url":null}});