Firefighters perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May participate as members of a trauma or emergency response team and provide para-medical aid to accident victims or ill persons
B. May supervise and co-ordinate the work of other firefighters.
C. Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents, bomb threats and other emergencies
D. Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites
E. Control and extinguish fires using manual and power equipment, such as axes, water hoses, aerial ladders and hydraulic equipment and various firefighting chemicals
F. Administer first aid and other assistance
G. Ensure proper operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment
1. To be a firefighter, you usually need a high school diploma and a college program in fire protection technology or a related program. You must pass physical agility, strength, fitness, and vision requirements. Previous experience as a volunteer firefighter may also be an advantage.
2. Training courses in firefighting and emergency medical care are provided, and vary in length depending on the different fire department requirements.
3. An apprenticeship training program for firefighters and voluntary trade certification is available in New Brunswick.
4. To be a senior firefighter, such as a lieutenant or captain, you need several years of experience.
5. With additional training/experience, you may move up the ranks to a senior position, such as fire chief.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.
3. Physical Education
The average hourly wages for Firefighters is $24.47/HR, which is above average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.