Communication skills. Firefighters communicate conditions at an emergency scene to other firefighters and to emergency-response crews.
Compassion. Firefighters, like EMT's and paramedics, need to provide emotional support to those in emergency situations.
Courage. Firefighters’ daily job duties involve dangerous situations, such as entering a burning building.
Decisionmaking skills. Firefighters must be able to make quick and difficult decisions in an emergency. The ability to make good decisions under pressure could potentially save someone’s life.
Physical stamina. Firefighters may have to stay at disaster scenes for long periods of time to rescue and treat victims. Fighting fires requires prolonged use of strength.
Physical strength. Firefighters must be strong enough to carry heavy equipment and move debris at an emergency site. They also carry victims who are injured or cannot walk.
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