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What does a Firefighter do?

Firefighters are first-responders and rescuers who are trained extensively to fight fires that are a threat to life, property or the environment. They can work anywhere fires might occur from cities and rural areas to ships. They work closely with other first-responders, including police officers, emergency medical technicians, and fire investigators. Together, these responders address a variety of emergencies to protect people, animals, structures and the environment.


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Working as a Firefighter

Firefighting involves many crucial tasks, including:

  • Fire suppression
  • Rescues in a variety of environments
  • Basic first aid
  • Fire prevention, including fire prevention techniques, inspections and public education
  • Assisting with fire investigations
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How much does a Firefighter make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $52,795
Low $35,743
High $77,983
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The average salary for a firefighter is $52,795 per year in the United States. 1.7k salaries reported, updated at September 19, 2023

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Average $24.19 per hour

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Common questions about for a Firefighter

Where might firefighters perform rescues?

Firefighters are called in as first-responders to car crashes, structural collapses, cave, tunnel and ice emergencies. They might often respond to elevator emergencies and industrial emergencies, including those involving power lines. Firefighters also take care of pre-fire planning, hydrant maintenance and child safety seat installations.

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What are the typical hours for firefighters?

Most firefighter shifts are 24-hour shifts. Some of them work for only 8 to 12 hours, but this is not the usual practice.

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