Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $46,620.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 6,965
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 8.74 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Intellectual Risk-taking
Oral Communication
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Rescue people or animals from dangerous or hazardous situations
Operate firefighting equipment
Locate fires or fire danger areas
Suppress industrial fires
Operate emergency fire or rescue equipment
Extinguish municipal or forest fires
Control municipal or forest fires
Move heavy objects in security, law enforcement, or protective services environments
Prepare work environment to assure proper ventilation and personal protection
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Observe fire to note changing conditions
Observe weather conditions
Judge terrain conditions for vehicle or equipment operation
Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards
Control authorized entry and exit in restricted areas
Protect forests from accidental fires and fire damage
Block physical access to restricted areas
Monitor alarm systems to detect fires or other emergencies

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct fire fighting, prevention, or suppression activities
Direct loading of fire suppression equipment
Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities or drills
Protect property from fire or water damage
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
Direct fire line activities during forest fire

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

Improve physical appearance, conditioning, skill, or technique through physical training
Participate in physical training to maintain fitness
Attend training sessions, workshops, or professional meetings
Complete security, law enforcement, or protective services related continuing education
Practice emergency firefighting or rescue preparedness procedures

Getting Information

Determine fire causes
Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires
Search for missing persons
Review maps to determine location or routes

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Paramedic Certification
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Wildland Firefighter
Occupational Health and Safety
Aerial Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF)
Public Health and Safety

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