1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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4985-11 Fire Fighter

Controls and extinguishes fires and protects life and property.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • responds to fire alarms and emergency calls
  • drives or accompanies fire-fighting appliances or other vehicles to scenes of fire or accident
  • operates pumps, sprays water, foam or chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers or other appliances to extinguish fires or to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances such as petroleum and chemicals
  • rescues people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations using ladders or elevating platforms
  • cuts openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants
  • administers first aid
  • participates in fire drills, demonstrations and courses in fire-fighting techniques
  • advises on fire safety
  • visits buildings and potential fire hazards to study access points and locations of hydrants
  • services and maintains equipment and hydrants
  • may inspect buildings for fire hazards

Specialisations:
Fire Engineer (Army)
Fire Prevention Officer

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