Career outlook for firefighter
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would protect and save people and property from fire and other dangers. You’d respond to emergencies, and rescue people from life-threatening situations.
You’d also help to prevent fires by giving people advice about fire safety.
You would provide emergency services. You would:
- Control and put out fires
- Deal with bomb alerts
- Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites and other dangerous situations
- Manage chemical or hazardous substance spills
You’d need to be able to react quickly and remain calm in dangerous situations. You’d inspire the public’s confidence in rapidly-changing situations. Self-discipline, teamwork and following safety regulations are crucial.
In the fire prevention side of the job you would give talks and presentations to schools and other community groups.
You would inspect buildings to make sure that they meet fire safety regulations. When new buildings are being constructed you’d advise on fire safety measures.
You would also have routine station duties.
- Inspect, clean and maintain equipment
- Carry out practice drills
- Take part in training
If you reach senior officer rank, you’d be responsible for writing detailed reports of incidents, and carrying out management and policy work.
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