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Municipal Firefighters - 33-2011.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Apparatus Operator
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fire Equipment Operator
  • Fire Fighter
  • Firefighter
  • Fireman
  • Safety Officer
  • Volunteer Firefighter

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-2000 Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
33-2010 Firefighters
33-2011.00 Firefighters
33-2011.01 Municipal Firefighters

Related Occupations


  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
  • Clean and maintain fire stations and fire fighting equipment and apparatus.
  • Collaborate with police to respond to accidents, disasters, and arson investigation calls.
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Establish firelines to prevent unauthorized persons from entering areas near fires.
  • Inform and educate the public on fire prevention.
  • Inspect buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances, testing and checking smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment as necessary.
  • Inspect fire sites after flames have been extinguished to ensure that there is no further danger.
  • Lay hose lines and connect them to water supplies.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Operate pumps connected to high-pressure hoses.
  • Participate in courses, seminars and conferences, and study fire science literature, to learn firefighting techniques.
  • Participate in fire drills and demonstrations of fire fighting techniques.
  • Participate in physical training activities to maintain a high level of physical fitness.
  • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.
  • Prepare written reports that detail specifics of fire incidents.
  • Protect property from water and smoke, using waterproof salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants.
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
  • Salvage property by removing broken glass, pumping out water, and ventilating buildings to remove smoke.
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Select and attach hose nozzles, depending on fire type, and direct streams of water or chemicals onto fires.
  • Spray foam onto runways, extinguish fires, and rescue aircraft crew and passengers in air-crash emergencies.
  • Take action to contain hazardous chemicals that might catch fire, leak, or spill.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid.
  • Assess characteristics of fires.
  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
  • Block physical access to restricted areas.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
  • Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Participate in physical training to maintain fitness.
  • Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Protect property from fire or water damage.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Aircraft Handling) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Damage Control Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Expeditionary Firefighting and Rescue (EFR) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Fighter (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Firefighter (Army - Enlisted)
  • Firefighter (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Flight Deck Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Shipboard Aircraft Rescue, Firefighting and Salvage Specialists (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Shore Base Airport and Aircraft Firefighter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Fighter Diver
  • Fire Fighter Paramedic
  • Fire Fighter, Crash, Fire, and Rescue
  • Fire Medic

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Chief's Aide
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Fighter, Crash, Fire, and Rescue
  • Fire Medic