Performing as an Emergency Firefighter in the Navy is one of the more dangerous career choices, but one that has a lot of excitement too. The Navy teaches all of its personnel on board ship how to fight fire, in fact everyone that goes through Navy boot camp is taught basic firefighting as part of their basic Navy indoctrination. But the people who choose firefighting as their rating have a special kind of courage, the kind that occurs when you know your job will take you into harms way on a regular basis. Working as a Navy Emergency Services Firefighter is a mission oriented, face paced occupation, where attention to rescue and safety operations is job one. Sailors and Airmen that choose this field are taught that when accidents happen, they have the training to respond immediately to help.
As a Navy Emergency Firefighter crewmember, you may be called upon to engage in shipboard damage control, to help in rescue operations, or provide emergency medical care. You may be called upon to fight fire one moment, and then provide one of these other duties at the same time, or nearly the same time. Individuals who choose this rating or billet are trained to respond to the unexpected, to expect the un- usual, and given skills and training on how to deal with emergencies that would overwhelm most people. As a Navy Firefighter you may be called upon to:
-Act as the Fire marshal on board ship.
-Operate and manage fire-fighting equipment.
-Give medical and lifesaving emergency treatment to sailors and troops in the field or afloat.
-Operate sound powered and electrical communications gear.
-Use and operate radiological, biological, chemical and fire fighting specialty equipment.
Fighting fire when afloat is very serious, you cannot walk away from the fire, you either put it out or you sink. So the professionals that are trained as Navy Firefighters are given some of the best training available in the world. You will be taught damage control, basic and advanced firefighting techniques, and use of emergency equipment. Sailors or Airmen in this field can be pressed into service or assigned for duty literally anywhere that the United States Navy serves, on board ships, submarines, on shore, as part of a Special Operations unit, or as a member of an Air Squadron.