Firefighters are primarily responsible for responding to fires, accidents and other incidents where potential or actual risks are posed to life and/or property.
The main duties of a full-time firefighter are to help protect the public in emergency situations. They respond to a wide variety of calls, such as car crashes, chemical spills, flooding, water rescue and general rescue as well as fires. With many fire crews being trained as first responders they can provide first aid until the arrival of ambulance personnel. In addition to attending emergency call outs and rescuing people and animals from life-threatening situations.
All staff wear uniforms, and 24-hour shift work is a standard requirement of the job. The work can be uncomfortable, stressful and dangerous but there is a great deal of job satisfaction to be gained from providing such a valuable service to the community.
There are two main divisions of firefighter: full-time professional firefighters and retained firefighters who are paid a retaining fee and a per-call fee.