Fire suppression, fire prevention, inspections, firefighter training and maintenance of all equipment and facilities within a battalion are all normally the fire chief's responsibilities. In keeping with their executive roles, battalion fire chiefs also have many budget-related duties.
Captain is a rank in various fire services. In most American and Canadian fire services, a captain ranks above a lieutenant and below a Battalion Chief. This varies, though, between departments – in the Boston Fire Department, the captain is the officer in overall charge of a fire company.
Fires are classified by the types of fuel they burn. Class A. Class A Fires consist of ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, trash or anything else that leaves an ash. Water works best to extinguish a Class A fire. Class B. Class B Fires are fueled by flammable or combustible liquids, which include oil, gasoline, and other similar materials.
What is a Class C fire? Class C fires are identified by the presence of a burning gas. The most common flammable gases involved in fires are propane, butane and methane, and they form the ‘fuel’ aspect of the fire triangle, which is required for the fire to start, spread and continue to burn.
Fighting Class D Fires. Similar to class C flames, water cannot be used on fires that burn metal. Spraying water on a class D fire will actually serve to energize the flames, potentially spreading the fire and creating additional heat and damage.
Firefighters can reach emergencies and fight fires through their fire trucks. These vehicles are driven by engineer firemen, who are also known as fire engineers. Not surprisingly, their job comes with a higher-than-average rate of injury and illness, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To minimize hazards, all firefighters wear protective gear and practice safety procedures.
The fire chief is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day tasks of running a firefighting organization. Such tasks include supervising other officers and firefighters at an emergency scene and recruiting, training, and equipping them for their respective duties.
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) is responsible for occupational health programs and standards in firefighters which discusses what hearing sensitivity is required to work as a firefighter, but also enforces baseline (initial) and annual hearing tests (based on OSHA hearing maintenance regulations).
Irving Fire Department firefighters start at $51,768 per year and receive pay raises at regular intervals. A firefighter may finish their career making a salary of $72,840 per year without a promotion. This is comparable to other departments in the Dallas/Ft-Worth area.
A Probationary Firefighter (PFF), also known as a Rookie Firefighter, a Candidate Firefighter, or Probie for short, is any firefighter in their first 6–18 months of service in a particular fire department. The title of Probationary Firefighter is generally the lowest rank in a fire department's rank structure.