Fire Fighter

DOT Code: 373.364-010

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Description

Controls and extinguishes fires, protects life and property, and maintains equipment as volunteer or employee of city, township, or industrial plant: Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls. Selects hose nozzle, depending on type of fire, and directs stream of water or chemicals onto fire. Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings or to assist individuals from burning structures. Creates openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using ax, chisel, crowbar, electric saw, core cutter, and other power equipment. Protects property from water and smoke by use of waterproof salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants. Administers first aid and artificial respiration to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke. Communicates with superior during fire, using portable two-way radio. Inspects buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances. Performs assigned duties in maintaining apparatus, quarters, buildings, equipment, grounds, and hydrants. Participates in drills, demonstrations, and courses in hydraulics, pump operation and maintenance, and firefighting techniques. May fill fire extinguishers in institutions or industrial plants. May issue forms to building owners, listing fire regulation violations to be corrected. May drive and operate firefighting vehicles and equipment.

Work Process Schedule

Task Hours
A.General800
B.Forcible Entry100
C.Protective Breathing Apparatus200
D.First Aid950
E.Ropes100
F.Salvage200
G.Fire Hose, Nozzles and Appliances200
H.Fire Streams200
I.Ladders100
J.Ventilation300
K.Inspection800
L.Rescue450
M.Sprinklers200
N.Fire Alarms and Communications200
O.Safety200
P.Fire Behavior500
Q.Water Supplies200
R.Portable Extinguishers200
S.Overhaul100
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) Total Hours: 6000

Related Technical Instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. To download a complete description of this trade click on the work process folder shown above. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Training at (617) 626-5409.