Segments in this Video

Firefighter: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:28)


Richard Symns explains the terms "throwing ladders" and "catching a hydrant." He is responsible for putting out fires and saving victims.

Firefighter: Career Beginnings (00:43)

Symns grew to like fire service while both his parents worked in the profession. Becoming a firefighter requires written and physical exams, and a background investigation.

Firefighter: Keys for Success (00:24)

Dedication, hard work, and learning your territory are necessary requirements for firefighters.

Firefighter: Education and Certification Requirements (03:34)

EMS and paramedic training are required. Firefighters apprentice for three years and do one year of probation before a one-year exam.

Firefighter: Workplace Atmosphere (02:21)

Firefighters spend 1/3 of their lives together. Duties differ depending on which engine they are using. Symns explains why smoke venting must be coordinated.

Firefighter: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:38)

Be prepared to work hard the first year. Trust among firefighters must be earned.

Firefighter: A Day on the Job (02:22)

Firefighters begin each 24 hour shift by preparing the firetruck and cleaning the station house. Symns' station averages eight calls per day; many of which are overdoses.

Firefighter: Industry Goals and Services (00:59)

A firefighter's goal is to protect life and property, in that order.

Firefighter: Industry Challenges (01:05)

Overdoses, random arsons and fires started by homeless people trying to get warm are all challenges facing firefighters.

Firefighter: Looking at the Future (01:21)

Symns looks forward to better tools and more ideas for safety. He hopes that future firefighters will be able to see where people are before going inside a building.

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Firefighter—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a Firefighter? In this Career Q&A video interview, Richard Symns talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success fighting fires. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 16 minutes

Item#: BVL165883

ISBN: 978-1-64481-278-5

Copyright date: ©2018

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