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Firefighting occupations
Description: Firefighters protect people from the dangers of fires. They must stay physically fit and strong. At the scene of a fire, they rescue victims, perform emergency medical aid, and operate and maintain equipment. During their shifts, firefighters live at the fire station. Most work 50 hours a week or more. Forest firefighters may parachute into a fire area to put out fires and dig a fire line. Firefighting is one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. economy.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Salary: $50,001 or more per year


There are 20 math topics Firefighting occupations need to know.
Basic Math / Algebra
Ratio and Proportion
Customary Measurement
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Powers and Roots
Negative Numbers
Basic Problem Solving
First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Other Topics
Basic Calculator Use
Computer Use
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning