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Most likely, you’re already a little familiar with the job of a firefighter. Firefighters put out fires in buildings, homes, forests, and anywhere else they occur. They do their best to keep their communities safe and they help to save lives! However, a firefighter’s job doesn’t stop there!
As a part of helping to protect people and places, firefighters also usually have responsibilities such as providing emergency medical care at the sight of an incident, rescuing people from burning buildings or other dangerous situations, and educating the public about fire safety. Firefighters also spend time repairing and maintaining their equipment, and learning new things to help them continually improve their skills. And because their job requires them to be strong, healthy, and fit, firefighters must also spend time looking after their well-being and physical fitness.
The job of a firefighter requires many important qualities. A firefighter’s job is often dangerous, so a person who wants to be a firefighter must be brave and strong. Firefighters must also be able to operate equipment and work well with others. Being able to lift heavy things, climb, and work in hot, stressful conditions are also important qualities for firefighting!
While the majority of firefighters today are men, there are women who work as firefighters too! Most have high school degrees and sometimes college education in subjects like fire science. Firefighters undergo training at special schools and take written and physical tests to make sure they are ready for this difficult and important job!