Firefighter to Chief Fire Officer what do they do?
The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, like all other Fire and Rescue Services has a rank structure that denotes the chain of command of its operational management. The roles are shown on the protective helmets that the firefighters wear and on the collars of their
"undress" uniform as epaulettes.
The epaulette is a type of ornamental shoulder piece or decoration used as insignia of rank.
Epaulettes are fastened to the shoulder by a shoulder strap or "passant", a small strap parallel to the shoulder seam, and the button near the collar. Colloquially, any shoulder straps with marks are also called epaulettes. The placement of the epaulette, its colour and the length and diameter of its bullion fringe are used to signify the wearer's rank.
The rank structure is shown as follows:
Role of a Firefighter
The role of a Firefighter is ever changing. Although responding to emergencies
is what we are known for, the reality is that we spend a lot of time doing other
things which include Community Fire Safety, Training & Development and Station
- To prevent fire and accidents from starting in the first place.
- Educating the community by visiting schools, community centres, people in
their own homes, wherever the fire safety message can be delivered.
- Having local knowledge of the area, such as streets, roads and buildings.
- Advising people about planning escape routes within their own homes in case
of a fire.
- Actively seeking to understand and to value diverse individuals and groups.
- Training and Development.
- To undertake a continuous training programme by attending lectures, exercises,
practical training sessions and other forms of training to maintain competence levels.
- Take responsibility for developing your own skills.
- Ensuring your fitness levels are maintained as the work can be demanding both
physically and mentally.
- Responding to Emergencies.
- To respond immediately and safely to all emergency calls.
- Minimise distress and suffering, including giving first aid.
- Dealing with many kinds of emergencies, including pumping out flooded premises,
chemical spills, providing casualty care and extraction at road traffic accidents
and rescuing people who are trapped in buildings or lifts.
- Station Routines.
- You will need to maintain, clean and test fire service equipment ensuring
its readiness for use, using approved procedures in accordance with current Health
and Safety practice.
- Each item of equipment to be maintained and updated using test record cards.
- Access and record information whether written or using basic computer skills.