What does a Firefighter do?
A Firefighter puts out fires and assists in other emergencies such as medical emergencies and natural disasters. Emergency responsibilities include responding quickly to calls by driving fire trucks and other emergency vehicles; and extinguishing fires with water hoses, fire extinguishers, and pumps. At an accident, Firefighters find and rescue people and animals from burning buildings or treat victims of fire with emergency medical care. They may write reports on emergency incidents. Routine duties include cleaning and maintaining equipment, conducting drills and fitness training, and performing inspections and clerical duties.
Firefighters are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments. They may also work as full-time, part-time and contract employees for large establishments that require firefighting services.
Firefighter skills and qualifications
When looking for a strong Firefighter candidate, consider applicants with critical-thinking and decision-making skills who are also organized and professional. You may require a Firefighter candidate to pass health, fitness, and drug screenings. Other skills and qualifications include:
- Knowledge of firefighting equipment, including hoses, trucks, and machinery
- Knowledge of rules and regulations regarding safety, fire service, and emergency medical services locally
- Experience with first aid and emergency medical care
- Ability to work for long hours under high-stress conditions
- Strong communication and teamwork skills
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Ability to work in fast-paced environments
Firefighter experience requirements
Depending on your organization’s needs, you may want to prioritize Firefighter candidates with work experience, such as certifiable days actively involved in firefighting. While it is important for a Firefighter candidate to have some experience, also consider entry-level applicants. Some duties and responsibilities can be taught on-the-job. Volunteer experience as a Firefighter is a plus for an applicant.
Firefighter education and training requirements
Firefighter applicants must complete their secondary school education. Candidates who complete a college program in fire science, fire protection technology or related fields may be an asset to your organization. A good applicant also has firefighting and emergency medical care training. In New Brunswick, applicants must complete an apprenticeship training program and have a voluntary trade certificate from an accredited institute.
You may ask a Firefighter candidate for other requirements such as a Standard First Aid & CPR certificate or a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate.
Firefighter salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Firefighter in Canada is $87,403 per year. Salaries may vary based on experience, location and organizations.
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