Fire and Emergency Worker

Fire and Emergency Workers attend emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security and protect life and property.

Overview

Fire and Emergency Workers attend emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security and protect life and property.

Day-to-day

  • attending the scene of fires and other emergencies reported to authorities
  • rescuing and evacuating people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations
  • operating pumps, spraying water, foam and chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances
  • cutting openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants
  • maintaining site security systems
  • administering first aid
  • attending and participating in training activities, rescue classes, drills, demonstrations and courses in emergency and fire-fighting techniques
  • training recruits in emergency procedures and practices
  • visiting buildings and potential fire hazards to study access points and locations of hydrants
  • maintaining tools and equipment.

Considerations

  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • shift work
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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$2,066 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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