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What does a Firefighter/Emt do?

A firefighter/EMT acts as a first responder to scenes of medical emergencies and fires that threaten the safety of property or people. It is essential to be in good physical condition as they often encounter dangerous situations with high levels of risk for illness or personal injury. In addition to extinguishing fires and rescuing individuals, a firefighter/EMT may also need to administer emergency medical attention while on the scene.


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Working as a Firefighter/Emt

Specific duties can vary from company to company, but a firefighter/EMT generally:

  • Performs hazardous tasks requiring strenuous physical exertion for extended periods of time
  • Works in cramped, hot and smokey surroundings at considerable heights with limited visibility
  • Maintains firefighting equipment, apparatus and quarters
  • Performs drills
  • Advises the public on safety issues
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How much does a Firefighter/Emt make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $54,610
Low $37,048
High $80,496
Non-cash benefit
Dental insurance
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The average salary for a firefighter/emt is $54,610 per year in the United States. 532 salaries reported, updated at September 23, 2023

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Where can a Firefighter/Emt earn more?

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Average $20.10 per hour

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Common questions about for a Firefighter/Emt

What education is required for a firefighter/EMT?

Firefighter/EMT training typically takes around 3 months to 4 years. Obtaining EMT certification takes between 3 months - 1 year, while firefighting education and training take about 4 years. The duration of training varies depending on state requirements, career goals and other factors.

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Are firefighter/EMT jobs easy to get?

Generally, there is much competition for firefighter/EMT jobs. Besides continued education, some other factors that would help an applicant stand out include volunteering as a firefighter, being EMT certified and good physical fitness. Requirements vary by state.

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Do I have to be an emergency medical technician (EMT) before becoming a firefighter/EMT?

It is not necessary to be an emergency medical technician (EMT) before becoming a firefighter/EMT, though most prospective firefighter/EMTs work as EMTs before moving into the firefighting profession. Individuals can pursue EMT and fire science studies simultaneously or complete one followed by the other.

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