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Fire Safety Technicians

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Some fire safety technicians have prior experience working as firefighters. Others gain experience by participating in cooperative work-study programs. Firefighters must be able to follow orders and to accept the discipline that is necessary for effective teamwork. While on active call, firefighters usually work under the close supervision of commanding officers such as battalion chiefs or assistant fire chiefs. Their work requires highly organized team efforts to be effective, since there is usually a great deal of excitement and confusion at fires.

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