One of the most important jobs in the Navy is the Emergency Firefighter Specialist. Every Sailor that goes to boot camp learns to fight fire, because if you are on board ship or in a submarine, you have to put the fire out or else you lose your life. There is no place to escape when the fire is onboard the vessel or submarine that you are assigned to. All Navy bases and Navy installations have firefighter units, fighting fire is a major priority to avoid the destructive forces that fire unleashes. Navy Firefighters are responsible to protect property and lives from fire, and to fight fire wherever and whenever it occurs. Firefighters control fires that break out on board aircraft, buildings and on board ship.
Your Duties Are Critical.
The duties of a Navy firefighter are varied, and include: performing emergency response duties during hazardous incident materials response, performing firefighting and rescue operations during vehicle emergencies, aircraft crash incidents, and to operate extinguishers, hoses and pumps, and giving first aid to injured personnel. Working as a firefighter you will be involved in driving emergency rescue vehicles, firefighting trucks, repairing fire extinguishers and repairing firefighting equipment, and rescuing personnel from vehicles, buildings and aircraft.
You will attend basic training for nine weeks, where you will learn how to be a Navy Enlisted person. You will learn basic Navy seamanship and Navy procedures, and then graduate as a Seaman or Airman Apprentice. After Basic Training you will attend military Class A school and learn how to fight military fires, and learn how to become a Emergency Navy Firefighter. You will attend Class A school for between 13 and 18 weeks, and take part in practical and classroom training in how to fight chemical, fuel, and other types of fire.
Part of your training will be learning how to fight different types of fires, how to perform first aid and rescue procedures, various firefighting and rescue type of actions, and basic structural and shipboard fire fighting techniques. As you rise in rank you will become more and more experienced and responsible for helping to train junior enlisted personnel in various firefighting techniques. If you have an ability to remain calm under stress, and have a willingness to put yourself at risk in the pursuit of helping other people, then you may be well suited for this job specialty. You will eventually be responsible for emergency response operations and hazardous material incident response.