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Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites.
  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - drive emergency rescue or firefighting vehicles

About the test

The HR Avatar Firefighter Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Firefighter test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:33-2011.00
Simulation Context:Lower-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Protective Service
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$23,700 or less
Bottom 25%:
$32,670 or less
$48,030 (Average)
Top 25%:
$64,870 or more
Top 10%:
$81,110 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$11.39 or less
Bottom 25%:
$15.71 or less
$23.09 (Average)
Top 25%:
$31.19 or more
Top 10%:
$38.99 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:11,230

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • English Language
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking
  • Operation and Control
  • Service Orientation
  • Monitoring
  • Instructing
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Reaction Time
  • Response Orientation
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Speech Recognition
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Professional Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 3 Months:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Apparatus Operator, Crash Crew, Crash, Fire, and Rescue Fire Fighter, Driver Engineer, Fire Alarm Operator, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Chief's Aide, Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter/EMT, Fire Hydrant Operator, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Medic, Fireboat Operator, Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician), Firefighter/Medic, Firefighter/Paramedic, Fireman, Hazmat Technician, Ladder Operator, Ladderman, Marine Fire Fighter, Master Fire Fighter, Municipal Firefighter, Oil Fire Specialist, Plugman, Rescue Worker, Safety Officer, Tail Board Man, Tail Board Worker, Tiller Man, Tiller Worker, Truck Operator, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Volunteer Firefighter

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors, Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors, Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, Ship Engineers, Forest Firefighters, Commercial Divers, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators, Ship and Boat Captains, First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers, Police Patrol Officers, Radiologic Technologists, Radiation Therapists, Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers, Correctional Officers and Jailers, Radiologic Technicians, Pilots, Ship

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Order sufficient supplies for a given month.
  • Learn about and explain work schedule guidelines.
  • Identify areas in which standards are not met.
  • Calculate contribution for a retirement savings account.
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