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Role of a FireFighter

Every day, firefighters are called to serve a civic duty, which is to protect citizens in a time of crisis. Firefighters are one of the more well-rounded and versatile emergency task forces in the world. Their goal is "to serve and to protect".  The following are a firefighter's job description and duties.

Description

Firefighters protect the lives of others when danger strikes. Traditionally, this is when a fire breaks out, although firefighters can handle many other types of emergency situations, including vehicle accidents and water rescues. Firefighters are called first responders for a reason. Typically, they are the first to respond to an emergency. Because of that, firefighters must handle a broad range of emergency situations as well as the mass hysteria that blooms out of a severe accident.

Education

Prospective firefighters must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Prospective firefighters should fill out an application at the North Mankato City offices (1001 Belgrade Ave.).  Prospective firefighters will take the entrance fire exam.  The exam includes a written section, tests of physical fitness, a medical evaluation and an interview with the officer group and trustees. Applicants with the highest scores will be scheduled for weeks of formal training.

Duties

Volunteer firefighters have other full-time jobs, but they fill a great need by assisting full-time employees in the time of a crisis or major fire. The main duty of a firefighter is to safely handle a fire. First, the firefighting team must save any citizen in danger or trapped inside the infrastructure. Second, the firefighters must handle the fire, and put out the flames with as minimal damage as possible to the infrastructure and no personal harm. Sometimes firefighters are stuck in a dangerous situation and even worse, some lose their lives while trying to save others.

Types of Firefighting

The majority of fires are either classified as structure fires or wilderness fires. Both are handled differently. Usually individuals are put in danger in house fires. Even if everyone is evacuated, the home owners stand the risk of losing everything in their home. Wild fires are much broader and harder to contain. Wild fires can change directions in a matter of moments and destroying hundreds of acres with little effort.

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