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Firefighter: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Kyrie total Padma firefighter and currently I make anywhere from 65 to 70 grand a year as a firefighter every day is different there's not really a routine to it we could be gone to a medical emergency at one moment which were in someone's home and helping them or we could be going to an actual structure firing which we will have to utilize fire suppression efforts to put out the fire effectively or even we could respond to a traffic accident which there's a truck pinned victim and we need some tending there's a lot of different things going on and it's always different well right now I'm just a probationary member and it's not necessarily a bad thing to be a probationary member it just means that I'm still learning at the moment I'm actually in the field I've passed the Academy and I'm learning the ropes of how what to actually do while in the field and my main role I would say is to learn as much as possible so that could be as effective at my job as I possibly can with the after this probationary year so as a firefighter I currently make 65 to 70 thousand dollars a year just for my probationary year there are pay increases that come in through overtime about six months and I'll get another pay increase and then a year and I'll get another pair crease and then there are other certifications that we could get like our paramedics erfect certification which will give us a bonus if you like to be used our urban search-and-rescue certified then you can also go and take the classes to get that certification which will also give you a sort of a bonus same thing for hazardous materials if you're at that specialized stations then you can get those classes taken care of and receive those certification for that bonus that study as often as I possibly can there's loads of information that I don't know anything about one such example is building construction I didn't have a build building construction background coming into this career field so I have to take the initiative to make sure that I study it as often as possible just to make sure that I don't let the knowledge the knowledge or skill sets but away from me I'm studying building construction and because safer on top of a roof during a fire we have to ventilate the building we have to know what typical Raptor Direction is so that we can effectively cooked of the roofing off of the roof and allow the fire to to ventilate outside of the roof or to ventilate vertically that a lot of folks also tell us there may be signs of collapse going on also I've mentioned being physically and mentally fit we have to make sure that we take on a set of fitness that's not just that's not just aesthetic you have to make sure that it's actual functional actually functional excuse me and take that and make sure that we're actually adaptable in the field as well with our fitness and what we can do in the field and it keeps us mentally fit as well because it allows us to keep the edge off and takes off the stress a little bit as well so that we could continue to think effective and be effective in the field as well within our work week we work three 24-hour days out of a five-day workweek typically from that we start our week with working one day 24 hours having one full day off working the next day 24 hours having the next day off and then working one last day and then having four days off but that's also not counting any overtime in which you may want to pick up in which we also work 24 hours and within that 24 hours like I said we'd be responding to a number of amount of incident non-emergency emergency maybe doing community service as well so during our 24 hours we are at the station majority majority of the time that's if we're not running calls if it's not a busy day that we may be running out running calls or if there's an errand to be done that we may need to do go out and do an run an errand or if there's training to be done there we'll be out doing our training with another company when I'm working for 24 hours at a time on platoon duty we're not awake for exactly 24 hours throughout the day we do have times where we can rest and click or do whatever we need to take care of what we may need this station is basically like a house and we're all there together challenges of a firefighter within the city versus say the country's per se a la verses like you said Boise Idaho would be the first thing I think of is downtown Los Angeles high-rises they're tough to climb it's a lot of different construction aspects to go into it's a lot of different elevator problems you will go into as well there's a total totally different we're not totally different but there's a different approach you take the structural firefighting within a within a high-rise as well that's the first thing and also the denser population of people you have a lot of different types of people you have a lot of tourists coming through so that any moment you could be responding to a medical call which we run 80 to 90% of within the department but you may be running or someone who's from Italy and doesn't even speak English okay so different skills and mindset that you need to have it's just more likely just being adaptable you have to know that there is never going to be a been there done that situation you have to be committed to taking in loads of information that you may know nothing about at the time and also make sure that you're able to comprehend what may be going on at the time and not freeze up or anything of that nature when it's time to perform
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