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What Is A Tolland Fire Fighter??

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Fire Fighter Job Description 

As a Tolland Fire Fighter, we are required to perform a large variety of tasks. These tasks are very diverse and may include rescue and care of victims, fire prevention, cleanup, hazardous materials containment, and community service.

Emergency Response

Emergency response calls can come in at any time of the day or night and must be responded to immediately.

Firefighters must be experts at getting themselves dressed in the appropriate gear/equipment and onto the emergency vehicles quickly when responding to an emergency call, regardless of what they might be busy with at the time the emergency call comes in. 

Emergency calls can cover anything from brush fires, structure fires, automobile accidents, alarm activation's, and false alarms. All must be responded to with the same speed and professionalism. 

Firefighters must immediately size up each emergency situation upon arrival, including: properties of the fire, probability of the fire spreading, the needs of victims, medical conditions, effects of weather conditions, etc. in order to effectively deal with the emergency. 

Once on an emergency scene, firefighters are responsible for gathering information from witnesses and other sources. It is critical that the firefighter think quickly and obtain the appropriate information to deal with each unique situation. 

Firefighters must intimately coordinate their activities and work as a team. This includes those firefighters working directly with the emergency, those directing traffic, and those standing by to relieve other firefighters. 

Fire Scenes

Firefighting is a dangerous occupation. Firefighters must enter burning structures. Once inside the structure, firefighters must search for victims, the source of fire, and ways to extinguish the fire. In this process, firefighters are exposed to extreme heat, smoke, and fumes. 

Firefighting is very physically demanding. Firefighters carry 80 to 100 lbs. of equipment such as hoses, axes, ladders, chain saws, and extinguishers into and around the fire scene to rescue victims and put out the fire. This may include climbing many flights of stairs. 

Firefighters make forced entries into structures by cutting locks, breaking doors, windows, or roofs as needed to gain access to ventilate structures. This may involve using hand tools such as axes, sledge hammers, battering rams, and power tools. 

While at a fire scene, firefighters must constantly evaluate personal safety by examining structures for cracks, breaks, charring, or partial collapse. 

Firefighters use ladders and work at heights to rescue victims and fight fires. They must raise, lower, rotate, and extend these ladders. 

Firefighters locate hydrants and other sources of water. Firefighters connect hoses to sources of water using various tools, and considerable strength. 

Firefighters operate handheld hose lines without assistance and get the hose into position by dragging, carrying or hoisting it into place. 

Firefighters are responsible for the clean up of fire scenes. Firefighters carry burnt furniture, clothing, appliances, etc. from buildings to reduce fire and smoke damage. Firefighters scoop, shovel, sweep and mop excess water and debris caused by the fire and firefighting efforts. Firefighters tear down or shore up weak or dangerous parts of fire structures such as floors, roofs, or overhangs. 

Rescue Operations

Firefighters use systematic search procedures to try to find trapped victims without getting lost or trapped themselves. 

Firefighters free trapped victims from a variety of situations including car crashes, cave-ins, structure collapses, flood waters, chemical spills, and all kinds of unusual occurrences. Firefighters may be required to use special tools to accomplish a rescue. 

After locating and freeing the victim, firefighters must determine the safest path of evacuation. Firefighters may be required to lift and/or carry the victim with or without assistance in dangerous
situations.