Profession pump operator

    pump operator

Fire fighters respond to fire alarms and other emergency calls, control and extinguish fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Tasks pump operator

  • Respond to fire alarms and other emergency calls, such as road accidents, rail and air crashes, industrial accidents, spillages of dangerous substances, bomb incidents and natural disasters.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire resistant clothing and breathing apparatus, and drive or crew fire fighting vehicles to travel to incident sites.
  • Search, rescue and evacuate people and animals from burning buildings, accident sites and other dangerous situations.
  • Administer first aid and other medical assistance to injured persons.
  • Control and extinguish fires using firefighting equipment, such as ladders, hose pipes, pumps, axes and fire extinguishing appliances.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using e.g. radios.
  • Salvage goods from damaged premises, and clean up, check and make safe the incident site, e.g. by removing dangerous chemical substances.
  • Dive to locate and lift objects from under water.
  • Carry out practice drills and take part in physical and other training.
  • Inspect, clean and maintain firefighting equipment.
  • Inform and educate the public on fire prevention.

Related professions fire brigade

  • Fire inspector
  • First line supervisor of fire fighters


  • Fire-fighting systems

    The devices and systems used to extinguish fires; the classes and chemistry of fire.

  • Fire prevention procedures

    The regulations concerning fire and explosion prevention, and the equipment, systems and methods used in it.

  • Hydraulic fluid

    The various types, qualities and applications of hydraulic fluids used in metalworking processes such as forging and moulding, consisting out of mineral oils and water.

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • Fire safety regulations

    The legal rules to be applied for fire safety and fire prevention in a facility.


  • Operate hydraulic machinery controls

    Use correctly the controls of specialized machinery by turning valves, handwheels, or rheostats to move and control flow of fuels, water, and dry or liquid binders to machines.

  • Coordinate fire fighting

    Organize and direct the operations of fire fighting, according to the ship's emergency plans to ensure safety.

  • Work as a team in a hazardous environment

    Work together with others in a dangerous, sometimes noisy, environment, such as a building on fire or metal forging facilities, in order to achieve a higher degree of efficiency while heeding the co-workers' safety.

  • Use different types of fire extinguishers

    Understand and apply various methods of firefighting and various types and classes of fire extinguishing equipment.

  • Operate fire extinguishers

    Understand the operation of fire extinguishing equipment and fire extinguishing techniques.

  • Operate hydraulic pumps

    Operate hydraulic pumping systems.

  • Maintain hydraulic systems

    Perform routine maintenance and repairs on systems which use pressurised fluids to provide power to machines and equipment.

  • Perform preventive maintenance on fire fighting vehicles

    Keep firefighting vehicles ready for use at any time. Maintain all aspects of firefighting vehicles and ensure that vehicles function correctly.

  • Extinguish fires

    Extinguish smaller fires such as electrical fires, oil fires, or propane fires, using the adequate portable fire extinguisher. Extinguish larger fires with water, using jet and spray nozzles. Extinguish fires with foam, powder or other chemical agents. Enter and pass through, with a lifeline but without breathing apparatus, a compartment into which high-expansion foam has been injected. Fight fire in smoke-filled enclosed spaces, wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus. Extinguish a fire in a simulated engine room with heavy smoke. Perform rescue operations in a smoke-filled space, wearing breathing apparatus.

  • Manage major incidents

    Take immediate action to respond to major incidents that affect the safety and security of individuals in private or public places such as road accidents.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Operate pumps for fire extinguishing

    Control and operate the pumps of a firetruck or water supply to ensure the firehose is supplied with the right substances under the appropriate hydraulic pressure.

  • Manage emergency care situations

    Manage situations in which decision making under time pressure is essential to save lives.

Optional knowledge and skills

environmental policy operate emergency equipment relay messages through radio and telephone systems maintain safety systems perform risk analysis educate public on fire safety environmental legislation operate emergency vehicle use different communication channels perform minor repairs to equipment pollution legislation