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FIREFIGHTERS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.
 
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  Specialized Occupations:
 
 
   Municipal Firefighters (ONET code: 33-2011.01)
 
 
  Occupation Description:
 
  Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
 
 
  Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
  • Take action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.
 
 
  Skills:
 
 
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
 
 
  Knowledge:
 
 
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
 
  * Forest Firefighters (ONET code: 33-2011.02)
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Post secondary vocational training
 
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License Authority for Firefighter:  (License details)
 
  Department of emergency Services & Public Protection
Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
34 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT   006096 -01069
(860) 627-6363 Ext. 225 "
" email: William.Trister@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/cfpc

 
License Authority for Fire Service Instructor:  (License details)
 
  Department of emergency Services & Public Protection
Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
34 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT   006096 -01069
(860) 627-6363 Ext. 225 "
" email: William.Trister@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/cfpc

 
License Authority for Hazardous Materials Technician (Fire Service):  (License details)
 
  Department of emergency Services & Public Protection
Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
34 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT   006096 -01069
(860) 627-6363 Ext. 225 "
" email: William.Trister@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/cfpc

 
License Authority for Fire Service Driver/Operator:  (License details)
 
  Department of emergency Services & Public Protection
Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
34 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT   006096 -01069
(860) 627-6363 Ext. 225 "
" email: William.Trister@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/cfpc

 
License Authority for Airport Firefighter:  (License details)
 
  Department of emergency Services & Public Protection
Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
34 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT   006096 -01069
(860) 627-6363 Ext. 225 "
" email: William.Trister@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/cfpc

 
License Authority for Rescue Technician (Fire Service):  (License details)
 
  Department of emergency Services & Public Protection
Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
34 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT   006096 -01069
(860) 627-6363 Ext. 225 "
" email: William.Trister@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/cfpc

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $72,208.00 $34.71 $32.54 $20.48 - $38.41
Bridgeport/Stamford $76,348.00 $36.70 $36.07 $29.89 - $39.46
Hartford $66,748.00 $32.09 $29.47 $11.89 - $37.15
New Haven $76,287.00 $36.68 $35.65 $28.70 - $39.49
New London/Norwich $53,399.00 $25.68 $26.07 $18.55 - $30.49
Waterbury $74,814.00 $35.97 $35.21 $29.58 - $38.66
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 3,140 3,230 0.2% 214
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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