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Fire and Emergency Workers attend emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security and protect life and property.
Attends the scene of emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security.
Specialisations: Industrial Paramedic
Responds to fire alarms and emergency calls, controls and extinguishes fires, and protects life and property. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Fire Engineer (Army), Fire Prevention Officer, Leading Firefighter
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a medium sized occupation employing 13,500 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 14,000. Around 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a small number for an occupation of this size).
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Fire and Emergency Workers who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate clearly and have strong attention to detail.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Teaching and course design.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-2011.01 - Municipal Firefighters.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?
How physically close are you to other people?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.