Is A Navy Emergency Firefighter Career For You? Can You Take The Heat?

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Navy Emergency Firefighter CareersPerforming 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.

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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.
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military dot image Sam Newman    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

Hello, enjoyed you article on Navy Firefighters. I do not know what the rate is now but I think it is Damage Controlman. When I was in the Navy, 1978-1981, Hull Maintenance Technicians took care of that too. This rate was broken apart in the 80′s, but before it was the job never had a moment rest. First is the HT part: plumber, carpenter.welder, sheet metal worker then comes the Damage Control: outfitting repair lockers, daily checks on all firefighting equipment, train crew, set up repair locker assignment, train, train, train.

But, in the four years I was in, I was in on 2 fires on my destroyer and in the face of the real things it was the HT that took control and put the fire out. It was out job, or half of our job!!


military dot image claire crook    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 5 Thumb down 3

i am 23 years old, currantly in the fireservice in the uk. i am very interested in joining the navy as a firefighter. i really enjoy the job i do especially the physical side. could you please side me some information. thankyou


military dot image Michael Boruta    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

Iam intrested in information on this because currently iam a firefighter with my local fire company and I have a member that was a navy firefihter and now he works for the mechanisburg army depot He told me about this carrer qand it sound very good I now that I do want some kind of firefighteing carrer aim going to school for fire since next year.


military dot image James mills    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

I would like to talk to some one before i choose a path to reach my goals in life. But i am very very intrested in being a FIrefighter in the navy.


military dot image Joe    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

I am very interested in becoming a firefighter in the Navy. I am currently volunteering. If anyone could send me any information on requirements for this that would be great. My email is JGilbert2351@gmail.com


military dot image Robert    Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

If I become a Dc in the navy what are my chances of going into combat?


military dot image Joe childress    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

my name is joe childress. i live in virginia beach, and i am 19 yrs of age . i am looking to become a fire fighter through the navy . I am about to start my volunteering soon. i am in school for my EMT and EMS certifications . whatever help i can get with joining the army and any help with becoming a fire fighter would be great, thanks


military dot image bob anderson    Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

i am an aviation boatswain’s mate e; i served 1975-1985 and wasfirst stationed at guantanamo bay cuba,where i was on the crash rescue/fire team. i was also on the uss lexington, nas jacksonville, and uss nimitz
i trained at lakehurst nj firefighting school


military dot image Connie    Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

i am 17 and going into the navy for nursing but i am a volunteer firefighter and would like some help in giving advice about he fire department in the navy


military dot image Jonathan    Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

im interested in naval fire fighting and im wondering how much on land stuff there is and what type of on land stuff?


military dot image Justin Sellars    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello my name is justin im 18 yrs old im very interested in becoming a naval firefighter im currently volunteering as a firefighter.I want to be a firefighter in the navy for about two years then get out and go to work as a houston firefighter thats always bben my dream since i was a small kid.I love helping people and want to be there for them when they dial 911.I want people to know im willing to give my life for them and there property.I have been a volunteer for about a year and ahalf and i really enjoy it.I was planning on getting a scholarship threw the volunteer fire department and then be able to take a six month course and get my certifications as an emt and firefighter.But instead im gonna either join the navy here as a firefighter then after my time is over houston fire department will automatically hire.But im pushing more towards the marines because of the training ill get there i could do a four year active service two in the marines and two as a naval firefighter but i don’t wanna do that.If someone would contact me id really appreciate it.


military dot image Brittany Schaller    Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

Hi my name is Brittany and im 16 years old and just became a volunteer firefighter about a month or so ago. So far I really like and right now I’m trying to find options for careers and being a firefighter for the Navy interests me. If anyone could email me any information about how to become a firefighter for the Navy and any other information that would be great. My email is brittanyschl@aol.com


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military dot image Kevin Celmer    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

I am interested in a Firefighting job in the Navy but I fail to see any specific details posted by the navy.com or the usmilitary.com that explains exactly which job is a firefighting job. I understand that a (DC) Damage Controlman is partly a firefighting job and a (HT) Hull Technician has been mentioned as a firefighting job. But none of them meet the requirements of an ACTUAL firefighter. Anyone who has any further information please email me. kcelmer02@aol.com


military dot image nawaz khan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

am taking training in national fire service college as a fire officer in 2009 i have 2 yers of experince in fire service i am wating for the opportunity in navy as a fire officer i do my best


military dot image machael vincent    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i have been a firefighter for the past 6 years in jamaica, i am also an emergency medical technician for the past four years. i am very interested in becoming a naval firefighter. what are the requirements?


military dot image brad vonruden    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was an Machinist Mate on USS Enterprise for four years, and was also on a damage control team. I cross-trained with DCs and former HTs, to become a DC. I then was honorably discharged in 2004 before I was able to cross-rate. I’m looking for a sticker or logo of the Navy firefighters. It’s like the civilian one looks but specific to the Navy. If anyone finds info please email me at bkvonruden@yahoo.com and put FF Logo in the subject. Thanks!


military dot image john    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am only 16, but i have always been interested in the navy. is it the right path for me??


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Only your due diligence and wisdom will answer that for you John. No doubt, research online especially the job (or ‘school’) you want to enter. Then determine if this career path will extend into the civilian life after military. Consider talking to other Navy personnel who are now active in the job that you’re interested. I guarantee that they will share thought provoking ideals with you. Good luck!


military dot image Temple Anderson    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Have my emt certifications and currently working as an emt with a company who has a 911 contact. My future goal is to get hired as full time fire and get my paramedic license. 19 year old, and I have taken firefighting 101, and emergency medical response for a college degree. This was called the regional occupational program. I have experience running 911 calls.
Learned that patient care is number one, especially when its your man down. Would love to talk to someone about a job opportunity.


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