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Firefighter / EMT

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Firefighter Fire/Medic
THE WORK

Firefighters perform skilled emergency and non-emergency tasks in the area of fire prevention, fire suppression, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, and emergency medical services for the protection of life and property for municipalities, airports and private industry. During emergency activities firefighters are required to drive or ride fire department apparatus to alarms were they extend hose lines, raise and climb ladders, use extinguishing agents, perform rescue operations, ventilate structures of toxic smoke and gases, and perform salvage operations on the contents of a structure. Fire fighters also perform emergency medical services where they are required to triage and treat patients suffering illness or trauma and transport them to the appropriate medical facility. During non-emergency activities firefighters continually drill, train, participate in fire prevention programs, conduct building inspections, inspect fire hydrants and perform minor maintenance on apparatus and equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Firefighting is stable employment. Firefighters typically work 24-hour shifts averaging 42 to 56 hours a week depending on the employer. Work is performed in office, vehicle and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Firefighters are exposed to hazards associated with fire suppression and providing emergency medical services including: smoke, toxic gasses, heat, chemicals, and communicable diseases.

THE APPRENTICESHIP

This is a non-traditional apprenticeship program. The applicant must pass a competitive civil service examination process (consisting of a general knowledge written test, physical ability test, oral board examination, and medical physical) and be hired by the municipality or fire district prior to becoming an apprentice. The programs require the successful completion of a recruit academy and 6000 to 8,352 hour of on-the -job training with an additional 144 hours of supplemental classroom training per year.

APPRENTICESHIP ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  • At least 18 or 21 years old.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Washington State Drivers License.
  • Successful pass the competitive civil service entry examination.
  • Pass a background check.

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