Firefighters on the job: What to Expect

Firefighter2We are not just pulling over to the side of the road when a fire truck goes screaming by us on the road; we are allowing the men and women aboard to do their duty of helping other people live, saving homes or checking on false alarms. Fire fighters are like doctors and nurses: they’re an essential part of our government infrastructure.

A firefighter has many duties that involve more than driving a truck through the streets of town. They are required to respond to all calls and make sure they are ready for whatever situation comes their way. They are responsible for gearing up in a timely manner and determined to get to their destination as quickly and safely as possible.

There are some firefighters that are placed in charge of watching for alarms/calls and others that are put in charge of responding to the alerts. Knowing your position and how to respond is one of the key factors of taking on the role of a firefighter.

Watch duties do go further than just alerting other firefighters of a call. They are required to answer phones and monitor access to the station house all the while making sure to notify station personnel of any high alert situations.

When a firefighter is taking the duty of working on scene they must be completely aware of their surroundings and knowledgeable of how to respond. They must take orders from their superiors and relay any information they come across to them as well. Communication is priority when at the scene of an incident.

The other role in being a firefighter, as mentioned before, is being able to navigate through traffic quickly and safely. The driver of the fire truck must know the laws of the road and be aware of the conditions of the roads, whether they are iced over from the winter or wet from rainfall. Knowing about the conditions will help with the control of the vehicle. It is also very important for the driver to know their way around the roads. What are some of the best routes? Is it safe to take this road? Would it be best to take this road at this time of day? These are some of the countless questions a driver must ask themselves and know the answer to. Navigating around the roads can be tricky and the more knowledgeable you are the more comfortable you will be behind the wheel.

Once a firefighter reaches the scene of the fire they must act based on the orders given to them by their superior. Operating the pumps is one of the obvious instructions provided to them and knowing how to work the pump is a must. A firefighter must know how to connect the hose to a fire hydrant and operate the equipment so the water supply pumps through evenly. They must monitor the pressure of the water, the temperature and the fuel gauge. Their job is to clear the fire properly and safely and shut the hose of when instructed.

Being a firefighter is no simple task but knowing the duties and understanding the role will make you more confident in your role for the town.

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