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Lead statementFirefighters carry out firefighting and fire prevention activities, and assist in other emergencies. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal governments and by large industrial establishments that have internal firefighting services.
- industrial firefighter
- firefighter lieutenant
- shipboard firefighter
- fire captain
- airport firefighter
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Completion of a college program in fire protection technology, fire science or a related field
and a period of supervised practical training is usually required.
- Firefighting and emergency medical care training courses are provided and vary in length depending on the requirements of different fire departments or services.
- Certification for firefighters is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
- Experience as a volunteer firefighter may be an advantage.
- Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met.
- Several years of experience are required for senior firefighters, such as lieutenants and captains.
- Progression to senior positions such as fire chief is possible with additional training and several years of experience.
- Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
- Forest firefighters
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