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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)
 
   Forest Firefighters (ONET code: 33-2011.02)
 
 
  Occupation Description:
 
  Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
 
 
  Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Maintain contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered.
  • Rescue fire victims, and administer emergency medical aid.
  • Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew.
  • Patrol burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires.
  • Extinguish flames and embers to suppress fires, using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps.
  • Fell trees, cut and clear brush, and dig trenches to create firelines, using axes, chainsaws or shovels.
  • Maintain knowledge of current firefighting practices by participating in drills and by attending seminars, conventions, and conferences.
 
 
  Skills:
 
 
  • 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..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
 
 
  Knowledge:
 
 
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • 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..
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life..
  • 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..
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • 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..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
 
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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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