What is a Professional Firefighter?


The Modesto Fire Department is staffed by professional firefighters who have chosen a career in the fire service. In addition to fighting fires, the firefighter must deal with a wide range of emergency situations, natural disasters, civil disturbances, and medical emergencies.

To handle these emergencies effectively requires a great deal of training and practice. The professional firefighter will study the science of fire and hydraulics, rescue, emergency medicine, ventilation, salvage and overhaul, hose, rope and ladder procedures, and forcible entry. Firefighters also learn to operate and maintain fire apparatus and equipment.

To assist in the Fire Department's goal of preventing fires, firefighters study fire origin and cause, conduct building inspections, present fire safety programs, and education and even conduct station tours.

The position of firefighter works on a 24 hours shift schedule. There are a variety of career opportunities within the department and the chance to gain personal satisfaction by helping people in the community.