- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Entry Level
Army firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fire. They control fires and help prevent them in buildings, aircrafts and ships.
- Perform rescue and firefighting operations during structural fires, aircraft crashes, vehicle emergencies and natural cover fires
- Drive firefighting trucks and emergency rescue vehicles
- Give first aid to injured personnel
- Perform emergency response duties during hazardous materials incidents
- Inspect aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards
- Teach fire protection procedures and repair/refill firefighting equipment
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for firefighter requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in fighting fires.
Some of the skills you’ll learn about:
- Fighting different types of fires
- Firefighting equipment operations, first aid and rescue procedures
- Ability to remain calm under stress
- Willingness to risk injury to help others
- Ability to think and act decisively
Required ASVAB Score(s)General Maintenance (GM) : 88
Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs
You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with city or county fire departments and other firefighting agencies.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.
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