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Firefighters play an integral role in protecting lives and property, and environment conservation. Along with fire control and prevention, they provide rescue services, and hazardous materials control. As a Firefighter, you may perform rescue and firefighting operations for a variety of situations to include structural fires, aircraft crashes, vehicle emergencies and forest fires. Your duties may also include driving firefighting and emergency rescue vehicles, providing emergency medical care to injured personnel, responding during hazardous materials incidents, inspecting aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards as well as teaching fire protection procedures and maintaining firefighting equipment.

This career field requires individuals who can exercise command and control during rescue and firefighting operations, have a willingness to risk injury in order to help others, the ability to stay calm, think and act decisively under pressure, and have no issues with pyrophobia, claustrophobia, or a fear of heights.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training you will attend 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. There, you will learn how to fight different types of fires with a variety of firefighting equipment. You will also learn ventilation practices, ladder use, how to handle hazardous materials and manage controlled burns, emergency medical care, rescue procedures, and aircraft rescue firefighting. You may also be eligible for additional professional development courses and technical training which will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills. The skills, knowledge and experience you gain as a Firefighter may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force where you may find employment with city or county fire departments or other firefighting, rescue, or hazmat agencies.

Protecting those who defend America is a Firefighter.

Firefighter (12M)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Army firefighters are responsible for protecting lives and property from fire. They control fires and help prevent them in buildings, aircrafts and ships.

Job Duties

  • Perform rescue and firefighting operations during structural fires, aircraft crashes, vehicle emergencies and natural cover fires
  • Drive firefighting trucks and emergency rescue vehicles
  • Give first aid to injured personnel
  • Perform emergency response duties during hazardous materials incidents
  • Inspect aircraft, buildings and equipment for fire hazards
  • Teach fire protection procedures and repair/refill firefighting equipment


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for firefighter requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in fighting fires.

Some of the skills you’ll learn about:

  • Fighting different types of fires
  • Firefighting equipment operations, first aid and rescue procedures

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to remain calm under stress
  • Willingness to risk injury to help others
  • Ability to think and act decisively

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 88

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with city or county fire departments and other firefighting agencies.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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