Fire Department Captain

What Does A Fire Department Captain Do?

Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations. The Captain typically takes a leadership role during emergency situations.

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How Do I Become A Fire Department Captain?

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to work in this position. In addition, depending on the location, fire fighters may to attend a fire academy and need EMT training. Some fire departments may also require paramedic training. The completing of a college program in fire science or a related field may be required for a firefighter to move into a leadership position.

What is the Average Salary For A Fire Department Captain?

High – 90,000
Median – 55,000
Low – 24,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Fire Department Captain?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Health
  • First Aid
  • Psychology

What Is The Work Environment For A Fire Department Captain?

Firefighters generally work for local governments. They work at fire stations until they get called out to fight a fire. They often work very long shifts, and this can be an extremely dangerous job. Working conditions can be very unpleasant, too. Not only do they deal with extreme heat and smoke, but they may be required to carry very heavy equipment.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Fire Department Captain?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Applicants who also have paramedic training will likely have the best potential for getting these jobs.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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