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Firefighter

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€25k > 44
Firefighter
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(thousands per year)*
€25 - 44
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Responds to emergency calls for all kinds of accidents and disasters including fires.


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The Work header image

Firefighters fight fires and provide assistance at numerous other emergencies such as car, train and aeroplane crashes, tanker spillage, flooding, building collapse and explosions where people and animals may have to be rescued.  
 
After incidents, Firefighters are involved in cleaning up and checking the safety of the site. When they return to the station, reports are written, which may subsequently be used by accident investigators or insurance companies.  
 
Teamwork is vitally important as lives depend on it. The team is usually led by a sub-officer or station officer, but more senior officers attend and co-ordinate large scale incidents.  
 
In addition they must enforce legal regulations such as the provision of secure escape routes to reduce risks of injury by fire. On call-outs, fire-fighting teams may have to work in very unpleasant and dangerous conditions, often outdoors, exposed to the elements.  
 
Firefighters perform under the control and direction of the Chief Fire Officer and other appropriate supervisory officers of the Brigade. In Dublin they may be required to serve in any station from time to time as directed but in other Brigades it is normal to be assigned to only one station.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.

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Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.

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Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.

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Dress with equipment such as fire resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.

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Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.

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Move toward the source of a fire using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.

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Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.

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Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.

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Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures.

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Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The minimum age of entry is eighteen. There are strict requirements regarding physical fitness, hearing, eyesight, height and physique.  
 
Members of the Fire Service must be practical, courageous, determined, able to use their own initiative, be prepared to work shifts and most importantly work as part of a team. They have to think and work quickly to minimise risk to the public and to colleagues.  
 
As the work can be very strenuous, they need stamina and a high level of physical fitness. This job can also be emotionally stressful at times. Good communication skills are required for dealing with colleagues and members of the public and for report writing.  
 
As Firefighters often have to deal with people who are in a state of shock or very upset, a calm and reassuring manner is required.


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Organisation: Fire Services Council
Address: O'Connell Bridge House, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 671 4760
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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