Firefighters

Firefighters

NOC
4312

Carry out firefighting and fire prevention activities and assist in other emergencies.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

78
 

Median Hourly Wage

$34.05
$27.64
Low
$41.21
High

Median Salary

$83,490
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

579
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

81%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Firefighters carry out firefighting and fire prevention activities, and assist in other emergencies. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal governments and by large industrial establishments that have internal firefighting services.

Main Duties

Firefighters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents, bomb threats and other emergencies
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites
  • Control and extinguish fires using manual and power equipment, such as axes, water hoses, aerial ladders and hydraulic equipment and various firefighting chemicals
  • Administer first aid and other assistance
  • Ensure proper operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment
  • Prepare written reports on fire incidents
  • Inform and educate the public on fire prevention
  • Train to maintain high level of physical fitness
  • Assist the public, the police and emergency organizations during times of major disasters
  • May participate as members of a trauma or emergency response team and provide paramedical aid to accident victims or ill persons
  • May supervise and co-ordinate the work of other firefighters
  • May conduct building inspections to ensure compliance with fire code.

Also Known As

  • airport firefighter
  • fire captain
  • firefighter
  • firefighter lieutenant
  • industrial firefighter
  • shipboard firefighter
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a college program in fire protection technology, fire science or a related field and a period of supervised practical training is usually required.
  • Firefighting and emergency medical care training courses are provided and vary in length depending on the requirements of different fire departments or services.
  • Certification for firefighters is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Experience as a volunteer firefighter may be an advantage.
  • Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met.
  • Several years of experience are required for senior firefighters, such as lieutenants and captains.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

3.4%
Female
96.6%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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6.8%
15-24
26.4%
25-34
24.3%
35-44
27.7%
45-54
12.2%
55-64
2.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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2.7%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
11.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
24.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
51.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
10.1%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

88.7%
Public administration
4.0%
Utilities
2.0%
Transportation and warehousing
5.3%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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8.80%
Northeast
23.10%
Southeast
41.50%
Southwest
25.20%
Central
1.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$75,078
Northeast
$89,857
Southeast
$82,560
Southwest
$95,552
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$34.00
$24.00
Low
$41.21
High

Southeast

$34.05
$27.64
Low
$41.21
High

Southwest

$34.05
$27.64
Low
$46.70
High

Central

$34.05
$27.64
Low
$41.21
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$83,490

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$87,673

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$83,490

Newfoundland

$87,414

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$75,708

Canada

$96,989
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

78
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

75
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

247
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

4
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

242