Firefighters (33-2011)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,4221,487 4.67 4249
United States 327,300344,700 5.31,740 9,50011,230

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.2911.3915.71 23.0931.1938.99
Alaska 28.0916.7522.85 28.0034.5838.75
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 30.8218.9527.11 32.6336.7639.24
Fairbanks North Star Borough 23.6815.8217.48 23.1728.7835.02
Southeast Region 19.429.7614.94 19.7223.0327.42
Balance of State 27.0620.9622.99 25.4628.7838.56

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,116204 18.329.6 18.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation593
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation340
UI claimants previously working in occupation65
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 840
Number of job position postings 246
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.4

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Space Entry

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry (8 Hours)
Confined Space Rescue (16 Hours)

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
First Aid/CPR and AED

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
CPR/First Aid

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
AFTER - Alaska Fuel Transporter Emergency Response
Confined Space Entry & Rescue - ER15
Contingency Planning - ER08
Emergency Response to Terrorism (Basic Concepts) - ER11
Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) - MED05
First Aid/CPR/AED - S11
Hazardous Materials Technician Annual Refresher - ER03
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Annual Refresher - HW04
Hazardous Waste Operations & Hazardous Materials Technician - ER02
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response - HW02
Highway Emergency Operations - ER07
Highway Specialist - ER04
On-Scene Incident Commander - ER09
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02
Wilderness First Aid - MED04
Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR) - MED07

AVTEC   (Seward)
Basic First Aid and CPR Certificate

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF)
Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
CPR with AED and First Aid Certificate
Fire Extinguisher Training
Fire Extinguisher Training
Respiratory Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
First Aid/CPR and AED Certificate

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Emergency Services BS

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
American Heart Association CPR/First Aid
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Emergency Services AAS
Firefighter I Certificate

Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Basic First Aid and ASHI CPR & AED
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Basic First Aid for the Community and Workplace
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR and AED for the Community & Workplace
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Confined Space Entry/011
Fall Protection Authorized User
Fall Protection Competent Person / 015
First Aid/CPR/AED / 048
Infant First Aid / 057
OSHA Aerial Platform - Manlift in Alaska

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
First Aid/CPR/AED

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate
CPR/First Aid Certificate
Fall Protection

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
C.E.R.T. TRAINING Certificate
CPR/1st Aid Certificate
SNS Emergency Management Certificate

Team One Alaska   (Anchorage)
Heartsaver CPR/AED
Heartsaver First Aid
Heartsaver First Aid/CPR Combination

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens
CPR/First Aid with AED

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Fire & Emergency Services Tech AAS

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Homeland Security OEC
Homeland Security & Emerg Mgmt Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Emergency Services AAS
Wildland Fire Science OEC

University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry

VIP Alaska   (Kenai)
First Aid
First Aid and CPR with AED

Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS   (Lander)
Wilderness First Aid Certificate

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Firefighters (June 2016)

Alaska’s First Responders (March 2014)