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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

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Work Environment

Firefighters work indoors and outdoors while fighting fires. They are exposed to the smoke, heat, and flames of the fires they fight.

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  • Average Military Salary



Military firefighters do much more than fight fires. They also perform inspections to minimize fire dangers, provide first aid to accident victims, and respond to hazardous materials spills. They assist civilian fire departments when needed.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Firefighters will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience, including practice in fighting fires. Training content may include:

  • Firefighting systems and equipment operations
  • Techniques for fighting various types of fires
  • First aid and rescue procedures
  • Use of protective equipment
  • Dispatching procedures
  • Damage control
  • Fire inspection and prevention

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to remain calm under stress
  • Ability to think and act decisively
  • Willingness to risk injury to help others