Firefighter (12M)

Army firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fire. They control fires and help prevent them in buildings, aircrafts and ships.

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Firefighters play an integral role in protecting lives and property, and environment conservation. Along with fire control and prevention, they provide rescue services, and hazardous materials control. As a Firefighter, you may perform rescue and firefighting operations for a variety of situations to include structural fires, aircraft crashes, vehicle emergencies and forest fires. Your duties may also include driving firefighting and emergency rescue vehicles, providing emergency medical care to injured personnel, responding during hazardous materials incidents, inspecting aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards as well as teaching fire protection procedures and maintaining firefighting equipment.

This career field requires individuals who can exercise command and control during rescue and firefighting operations, have a willingness to risk injury in order to help others, the ability to stay calm, think and act decisively under pressure, and have no issues with pyrophobia, claustrophobia, or a fear of heights.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training you will attend 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. There, you will learn how to fight different types of fires with a variety of firefighting equipment. You will also learn ventilation practices, ladder use, how to handle hazardous materials and manage controlled burns, emergency medical care, rescue procedures, and aircraft rescue firefighting. You may also be eligible for additional professional development courses and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain as a Firefighter may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may find employment with city or county fire departments or other firefighting, rescue, or hazmat agencies.

Protecting those who defend America is a Firefighter.