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Position Summary

A Firefighter’s chief duty is to respond to emergency situations and protect citizens from danger. They are responsible for responding to fires and minimizing damage to the impacted property and surrounding areas. 

Firefighters are also expected to respond to car accidents to prevent or extinguish fires, and in certain cases, assist at the sites of accidents involving hazardous materials. When not responding to emergencies, firefighters work cohesively to maintain a wide array of equipment.



A Firefighter’s responsibilities include:

  • Responding to alarms at extremely short notice.

  • Extinguishing fires.

  • Protecting the public during various emergencies. 

  • Providing first aid in the event of emergencies.

  • Responding in the event of natural disasters.

  • Maintaining equipment and learning new rescue techniques.


A firefighter’s skills should include:

  • First aid and triage skills.

  • Crisis management skills.

  • Mastery of firefighting equipment.

  • Being in excellent physical condition.

  • The ability to keep calm in stressful situations.


A high school diploma or GED is necessary for the position. Psychological tests and drug screening is required upon acceptance of an application. Most fire departments require basic EMT training as well as extensive firefighting training for those who haven’t worked in a similar capacity before. A medical and physical exam is also required.

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Firefighter Interview Questions

  • What initially drew you to pursue firefighting as a career?

  • Describe your leadership style.

  • What first aid and EMT training do you have?

  • What do you do to maintain physical fitness for this kind of work?

  • What are some of the biggest institutional problems facing fire departments in your experience?

  • What would you do to help educate the public about fire prevention?

  • How do you handle long hours on call?

  • How well do you deal with high-pressure situations?

  • What would you say is the most important attribute a firefighter should possess?

  • What can you as an individual bring to this fire department?


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