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Municipal Firefighters

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.   (O'Net 33-2011.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Apparatus Operator, Crash Crew, Crash, Fire, and Rescue Fire Fighter, Driver Engineer, Fire Alarm Operator, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Chief's Aide, Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter/EMT, Fire Hydrant Operator, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Medic, Fireboat Operator, Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician), Firefighter/Medic, Firefighter/Paramedic, Fireman, Hazmat Technician, Ladder Operator, Ladderman, Marine Fire Fighter, Master Fire Fighter, Municipal Firefighter, Oil Fire Specialist, Plugman, Rescue Worker, Safety Officer, Tail Board Man, Tail Board Worker, Tiller Man, Tiller Worker, Truck Operator, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Volunteer Firefighter
 
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    Wages
    for Firefighters which includes:
                          - Municipal Firefighters
                          - Forest Firefighters
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.60   $ 9.75   $ 17.84   $ 22.55   $ 26.87   $ 17.72  
    Yearly $19,980   $20,280   $37,110   $46,900   $55,880   $36,860  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.94   $ 18.02   $ 20.94   $ 23.58   $ 27.65   $ 21.23  
    Yearly $33,150   $37,480   $43,560   $49,050   $57,520   $44,150  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.61   $ 10.98   $ 15.05   $ 18.17   $ 23.55   $ 15.45  
    Yearly $19,980   $22,850   $31,290   $37,780   $48,980   $32,130  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.60   $ 9.61   $ 9.61   $ 22.89   $ 27.74   $ 16.03  
    Yearly $19,970   $19,980   $19,990   $47,620   $57,700   $33,350  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Firefighters which includes:
                                  - Municipal Firefighters
                                  - Forest Firefighters
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 194 209 0.7% 8
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Firefighters which includes:
                                - Municipal Firefighters
                                - Forest Firefighters
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 91.1%
    Administrative and support services 3.5%
    Federal government, all industries 2.5%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 1.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.
     
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
     
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
     
  • Dress with equipment such as fire resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
     
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
     
  • Move toward the source of a fire using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
     
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
     
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
     
  • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
     
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Municipal Firefighters
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Municipal Firefighters
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Municipal Firefighters
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Fire Science/Fire-fighting.
     
    • Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services. ( NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Municipal Firefighters 
     

     
     
     
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