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At the Fire Station – Firefighters

What is the Role of a Firefighter? Have you ever seen a fire engine? Maybe you have seen one driving past. Inside the fire engine are firefighters. They are the people who work for the fire service and help with emergencies such as putting out fires, rescuing people and animals and helping with environmental disasters. In this text you can learn more about the job description of a firefighter and the firefighter equipment that they need to do the job.

Emergencies – Fire Service

What Does a Firefighter Do? Someone has just phoned 999. 999 is the emergency number in the United Kingdom. When the number is dialled, you are put through to somebody who will ask you which service you require. One of these services is the fire service. The firefighters will then be told about everything they need to know. They will stop what they are doing and get ready to attend the emergency. Before they go, they will have to get dressed in their firefighter uniform.

The Uniform of a Firefighter

What Does a Firefighter Wear?

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A firefighter has to wear special firefighter gear to keep them safe when attending an emergency. The picture above shows everything they need and the table below explains what the items are for.

Equipment What is it for?
Firefighter helmet To protect the firefighter’s head.
Firefighter boots To protect the firefighter’s feet.
Firefighter trousers and jacket The trousers and jacket are made from special material to protect the firefighter when they are near fires.
Firefighter gloves To protect the firefighter’s hands
Torch A torch is part of a set of firefighter tools that a firefighter might need. A torch can help in dark situations. Another tool a firefighter might use is a firefighter axe.
Whistle A whistle can help the firefighter alert others if they need help.
Respirator A respirator is a type of mask a firefighter wears to help them breathe in smoky environments.
Firefighter badge A firefighter may also carry a badge so others know they work for the fire service.

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How To Be a Firefighter

A firefighter’s job is very varied, you may be wondering how to become a firefighter.

People who decide to become firefighters have to do lots of training to make sure they know what to do in emergencies and how to keep themselves and others safe. A firefighter’s schedule can be varied, there always has to be someone on duty, even through the night.

If you want to be a firefighter when you grow up, you will have to look at the requirements to be a firefighter.

Firefighters – Extra Practise

What does a firefighter do? Now that you know more about what a firefighter is, have a go at the practise problems, interactive exercises and worksheets. Stay safe.

Frequently Asked Questions about Firefighters

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How long does it take to become a firefighter?
How long is a firefighter shift?

Transcript A Day at the Fire Station

A Day at the Fire Station. There must be an emergency! Someone called nine nine nine. The call handler answered and they will be able to send the help that is needed. They will tell the firefighters everything they need to know. All of the firefighters stop what they are doing right away to get ready and leave everything behind. What will they wear to fight the fire? A pair of protective trousers and a jacket. A safety helmet and gloves too! Can you think of anything else the firefighter needs to wear? Boots to protect their feet. They also need a torch, a signal whistle and a respirator which helps them breathe. These pieces of equipment are fire proof, which means they don't burn, and this keeps firefighters safe during a fire. Alright, let's get to the fire engine! The fire engine must drive quickly to get to the fire as soon as possible! The flashing lights show other drivers that the firefighters are on their way to an emergency. The siren helps other drivers hear the fire engine coming, it brings even more attention! All of the other drivers must move to the side of the road and stop to let the fire engine pass. On their way, the firefighters get their first instructions and learn what needs to be done so that the fire can be put out quickly. Once they arrive, everyone already knows what to do. A few firefighters run to help people in the burning house and pets that need to be rescued too. Inside the house, firefighters wear their respirators. This is a special mask that helps them breathe clean air and avoid the dangerous smoke. Do you know how firefighters reach people who are stuck up high? They use ladders that are kept on the fire engine. Other firefighters are getting ready to put the fire out. Firefighters practise and work together in teams. They lay out the hoses but where will the water come from? Sometimes it comes from the fire engine which can hold one thousand, eight hundred litres of water! Other times, the firefighters get the water from fire hydrants on the street. They are usually underground but you might see signs for them when you are out and about. Another team can now take care of fighting the flames. Here, the firefighters use water to put out the fire. But they can also use foam, powder or gas to stop fires. Phew, the fire is out! Good work! Ambulances are always called to the emergency too. They are there to help anyone who might have been hurt by the fire. Now that the firefighters have done their job all of the equipment has to be loaded back onto the fire engine and they can go back to the station. They have just put out a house fire, but do you know what else firefighters do? They help put out forest fires and car fires too! Firefighters also get people and animals out of buildings and crashed cars. They protect places when a disaster, like a flood, occurs. Firefighters also rescue people and animals from unsafe situations. Firefighting is an important job that helps many people. It looks like the firefighters have earned a little break.

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    From Jeson, about 1 year ago
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    From Daniel, over 1 year ago

A Day at the Fire Station exercise

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  • What do firefighters do?

    Hints

    Firefighters protect places when a disaster, like a flood, occurs.

    Firefighters get people and animals out of buildings and crashed cars.

    There is more than one correct choice.

    Solution

    Firefighting is an important job that helps many people.

    • Firefighters put out forest fires and car fires.
    • Firefighters get people and animals out of buildings and crashed cars.
    • Firefighters protect places when a disaster, like a flood, occurs.
    • Firefighters rescue people and animals from unsafe situations.

  • What would be seen when firefighters are dealing with a fire?

    Hints

    The firefighters get water from fire hydrants.

    Firefighters use hoses to transport the water from the hydrants to help put out a fire.

    There are four correct answers.

    Solution

    A ladder, fire engine, hose and fire hydrant would be seen at the scene of a fire.

  • What equipment does a firefighter need?

    Hints

    A protective jacket protects the firefighter's upper body from the fire.

    A respirator helps a firefighter breathe.

    Solution

    A firefighter needs this fireproof equipment to keep them safe during a fire:

    • protective trousers and jacket to protect the firefighter's body from the fire.
    • safety helmet to protect the firefighter's head when putting out a fire.
    • boots to protect the firefighter's feet.
    • respirator to help the firefighter breathe.

  • What helps firefighters put out a fire?

    Hints

    Firefighters use water to put out fires.

    Firefighters work in teams to be safe.

    A ladder can help firefighters reach tall places to put out a fire.

    Solution

    Firefighters work in teams to put out fires using water, foam, powder, or gas. They can also use ladders to reach tall places to put out fires.

  • What do firefighters drive?

    Hints

    What do you see the firefighter driving in this picture?

    What are these two firefighters standing in front of?

    Solution

    A firefighter drives a fire engine.

  • Sort the information about firefighters.

    Hints

    Firefighters work in teams to keep each other safe.

    Firefighters wear fireproof clothes, which means the clothes do not burn.

    Solution

    This picture shows what firefighters do in blue and what firefighters wear in yellow.