A Navy Career as an Emergency Firefighter Specialist

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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military dot image javier chacon    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Ive been thinking about becoming a fire fighter either through college or through the navy i dont know wich way is the fastest? this would be a huge career change for me because i had been pursuing the electrical field for almost 4 years, and i wanted to know if that could apply to anything. Also I had been planing for the future a famly, and i wanted to know would this be the right choice?


military dot image abby    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im a female 175lbs, 64 inches tall, 29% body fat, ive been struggling with choosing between airforce or navy,for firefighting. i know they both really good benefits, but i want to train with the best branchin the military. can any one help me?


military dot image Emergency Medicaid Eligibility    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I would prefer to go further somewhat a lot more on this subject


military dot image Jose favela    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am I current college student majoring in fire. I wanted to know what would be a better route to take to becoming a firefight. I realized that a class room is not for me. I’ve taken fire tech in high and continued it in college but I’m ready for the action ready to be in the field. So I just wanted to know what would be the best branch to join to become a firefighter and to be one when I come back home.


military dot image Ryan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was an active duty firefighter in the USAF for 10 years and now I am a civilian firefighter for the Army. I can tell you all branches go to the exact same school at Goodfello AFB Texas. The training that you will recieve there is second to none! The Chioce between which service is a personal one and you should not take it lightly. To be a military firefighter it takes drive and dedication. The missions between the different branches are very similar but as you can expect there are differences. The best thing that you can do is to contact a firefighter from the branch that you are looking at and get their input. Don’t speak to someone that is on their first enlistment, because you will not get the strait stick. Speak to some one that holds some rank (E-6 or higher). They will be able to give you the strait stick on what they expect of their troops and what exactly the job holds for you.

Hope this helps. Also don’t be afraid to contact the 312 TRS at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo Texas and ask for a representative from the branch of service that you are considering too.


military dot image Gunnar Lichty    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m already in the Navy but I wanna become a riverboat crew member or riverboat pilot but I wanna have the firefighting knowlegde cause it will help me out a lot.


military dot image Shawn    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m already a civilian Firefighter/EMT but I am trying to join the Navy, I would be a Navy Firefighter but which rating specifically does that? like that is their main job?


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Shawn, that’s a great question for your Navy recruiter. Click here and find your local recruiter here. We’re not the Navy and no way affiliated with the government. My best, Larry


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Shawn, I’m not a recruiter and he/she is the best to answer that question. Flocal military recruiter and give them a call.” target=”_blank”>ind your local military branch recruiter here and give them a call. Best, Larry


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