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FIREFIGHTER-EMT: You Have To Maintain The Safety Aspect To Do This Work

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Jeff, a firefighter-EMT, starts his typical day at 8am when he checks on the trucks and equipment and makes sure the station is in order for when they when calls. After an initial career in business, he switched and decided to follow in his father-in-law's footsteps by becoming a firefighter.

Job Title: Firefighter-EMT
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, Varies Widely, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Courageous, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, 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='16290'>AM.</span> <span m='17870'>I</span> <span m='18330'>normally</span> <span m='18710'>try</span> <span m='18920'>to</span> <span m='18980'>get</span> <span m='19170'>in</span> <span m='19270'>a</span> <span m='19330'>little</span> <span m='19560'>early,</span> <span m='19980'>relieve</span> <span m='20320'>the</span> <span m='20670'>off-going</span> <span m='21560'>crew.</span> <span m='23010'>We</span> <span m='23250'>work</span> <span m='23490'>a</span> <span m='23640'>full</span> <span m='23910'>24-hour</span> <span m='24740'>shift.</span> </p><p><span m='25960'>The</span> <span m='26500'>early</span> <span m='26670'>morning</span> <span m='27070'>hours</span> <span m='27510'>we</span> <span m='27830'>dedicate</span> <span m='28410'>to</span> <span m='29660'>checking</span> <span m='30040'>out</span> <span m='30180'>our</span> <span m='30350'>equipment,</span> <span m='30920'>our</span> <span m='31050'>trucks,</span> <span m='33540'>making</span> <span m='33990'>sure</span> <span m='34210'>the</span> <span m='34600'>station</span> <span m='35150'>is</span> <span m='35280'>in</span> <span m='35460'>order,</span> <span m='36540'>a</span> <span m='36920'>little</span> <span m='37070'>bit</span> <span m='37220'>of</span> <span m='37520'>cleaning</span> <span m='38210'>involved.</span> <span m='39430'>And</span> <span m='40940'>at</span> <span m='41330'>that</span> <span m='41620'>point,</span> <span m='43330'>we</span> <span m='43550'>just</span> <span m='43770'>go</span> <span m='43880'>on</span> <span m='44070'>with</span> <span m='44260'>our</span> <span m='44370'>day,</span> <span m='45806'>you</span> <span m='46280'>know,</span> <span m='46420'>your</span> <span m='46570'>typical</span> <span m='47440'>calls,</span> <span m='48270'>mostly</span> <span m='48890'>EMS</span> <span m='49210'>calls</span> <span m='49680'>where</span> <span m='49880'>we're</span> <span m='50150'>at,</span> <span m='52230'>and</span> <span m='52550'>some</span> <span m='53080'>fire-related</span> <span m='54120'>calls.</span> </p><p><span m='55410'>Education</span> <span m='56160'>I</span> <span m='56290'>received</span> <span m='57550'>was</span> <span m='58850'>through</span> <span m='59540'>a</span> <span m='60212'>local</span> <span m='60550'>technical</span> <span m='61120'>institute.</span> <span m='63090'>I</span> <span m='63230'>got</span> <span m='63720'>my</span> <span m='63840'>training</span> <span m='64349'>for</span> <span m='65519'>emergency</span> <span m='65950'>medical</span> <span m='66300'>technician.</span> <span m='68820'>And</span> <span m='68970'>then,</span> <span m='69410'>that</span> <span m='69650'>was</span> <span m='69790'>separate</span> <span m='70280'>from</span> <span m='70700'>my</span> <span m='70990'>fire</span> <span m='71440'>training,</span> <span m='71930'>which</span> <span m='72130'>was</span> <span m='72520'>through</span> <span m='72780'>an</span> <span m='74050'>academy</span> <span m='75020'>in</span> <span m='75480'>the</span> <span m='75610'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='76950'>Basically,</span> <span m='77410'>how</span> <span m='77580'>I</span> <span m='77790'>got</span> <span m='77990'>involved</span> <span m='80090'>in</span> <span m='80680'>the</span> <span m='81040'>fire</span> <span m='81390'>service,</span> <span m='83080'>I</span> <span m='83760'>had a</span> <span m='86090'>relative,</span> <span m='86670'>a</span> <span m='87100'>father-in-law,</span> <span m='88140'>who</span> <span m='88340'>was</span> <span m='88600'>a</span> <span m='88660'>retired</span> <span m='89520'>firefighter.</span> <span m='92210'>Before</span> <span m='92700'>that,</span> <span m='92980'>I</span> <span m='93040'>was</span> <span m='93280'>involved</span> <span m='93670'>with</span> <span m='94740'>another</span> <span m='95180'>business</span> <span m='96430'>and</span> <span m='97480'>decided</span> <span m='97900'>to</span> <span m='97960'>go</span> <span m='98090'>away</span> <span m='98380'>from</span> <span m='98550'>that</span> <span m='99550'>and</span> <span m='101380'>moved</span> <span m='101630'>back</span> <span m='101910'>to</span> <span m='101980'>the</span> <span m='102130'>area</span> <span m='103150'>and</span> <span m='103680'>pursued</span> <span m='105210'>the</span> <span m='105360'>training</span> <span m='106180'>necessary</span> <span m='107070'>to</span> <span m='108400'>get</span> <span m='108710'>the</span> <span m='108840'>job</span> <span m='109920'>that</span> <span m='110120'>they</span> <span m='110230'>hired</span> <span m='110500'>me</span> <span m='110960'>for.</span> </p><p><span m='112430'>The</span> <span m='112560'>job</span> <span m='113412'>that</span> <span m='114236'>I</span> <span m='114650'>am</span> <span m='114990'>involved</span> <span m='115430'>with,</span> <span m='117020'>it's</span> <span m='117280'>what</span> <span m='117450'>I</span> <span m='117580'>expected.</span> <span m='119170'>I</span> <span m='119290'>knew</span> <span m='119520'>it</span> <span m='119560'>wasn't</span> <span m='119830'>going</span> <span m='119930'>to</span> <span m='119970'>be</span> <span m='120240'>easy</span> <span m='120510'>work.</span> <span m='124010'>It's</span> <span m='125930'>a</span> <span m='126020'>job</span> <span m='126540'>that</span> <span m='126790'>you</span> <span m='127310'>receive</span> <span m='127760'>a</span> <span m='127800'>lot</span> <span m='127970'>of</span> <span m='128030'>accolades</span> <span m='128729'>for,</span> <span m='129300'>a</span> <span m='129650'>lot</span> <span m='129830'>of</span> <span m='129900'>reward,</span> <span m='130630'>in</span> <span m='132280'>just</span> <span m='132680'>the</span> <span m='133560'>everyday</span> <span m='136290'>routine</span> <span m='137010'>calls</span> <span m='137490'>that</span> <span m='137640'>we</span> <span m='137790'>run.</span> </p><p><span m='141450'>Anybody</span> <span m='141920'>getting</span> <span m='142170'>into</span> <span m='142380'>the</span> <span m='142480'>field</span> <span m='143050'>should</span> <span m='143280'>expect</span> <span m='145640'>some</span> <span m='145840'>danger</span> <span m='147396'>and</span> <span m='149690'>always,</span> <span m='150610'>always</span> <span m='151410'>knowing</span> <span m='151870'>that</span> <span m='152260'>there's</span> <span m='153120'>a</span> <span m='153320'>safety</span> <span m='154850'>aspect</span> <span m='156030'>that</span> <span m='158490'>is</span> <span m='158670'>with</span> <span m='158880'>you</span> <span m='159370'>constantly.</span> <span m='159745'>You</span> <span m='160120'>have</span> <span m='160370'>to</span> <span m='160460'>maintain</span> <span m='160755'>that</span> <span m='161830'>in</span> <span m='163440'>order</span> <span m='163790'>to</span> <span m='167558'>do</span> <span m='168030'>the</span> <span m='168120'>work</span> <span m='168380'>we</span> <span m='168520'>do.</span> 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