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Wage and Hour Division

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

27070 Firefighter

Controls and extinguishes fires. May drive vehicle to scene of fire following predetermined route, or selecting alternate route when necessary. Positions vehicle considering such factors as wind direction, sources of water, hazards from falling structures, and location of armaments or aircraft. Operates pumps, foam generators, boom and ground sweeps nozzles, and other similar equipment. Uses a variety of special protective gear in situations where poisonous gases, radioactive materials, and hazardous biological products are involved. Determines proper pressures for the distances to be pumped and the number of lines being used. When operating a crash truck, maneuvers vehicle to keep the fire in optimum range while ensuring that backflash will not occur. Maintains a constant awareness of water levels in self-contained tanks and warns handline and rescueman when tanks are close to running dry. Performs daily preventive maintenance inspection of vehicle and equipment. Performs minor maintenance such as oil changes, replacing packing in pumps, and draining and flushing tanks, and otherwise ensuring that all equipment is in usable condition.