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Firefighters protect life and property from fires. Called first responders, they are usually the first emergency personnel at traffic accidents or explosions and may be called upon to put out fires or treat injuries.

Firefighters are organized in companies under commanding officers. All have specific tasks. Tillers, for instance, guide the part of the fire truck that carries long ladders. Hose operators connect the hoses to fire hydrants, while pump operators make sure the water gets through the hoses to the blaze. Once at a fire, they use axes to break down walls or windows so they can evacuate people trapped by flames and other obstacles.

Between alarms, firefighters maintain equipment so it is in good working order. Most firefighters work for city or community governments, although some work for private companies. Volunteer firefighters have other full-time jobs and fight fires only when they are called.

Salary Range: 
$31,427 - $58,660

Typical Education Needed: 

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