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We asked Declan Rice from Local Government Management Services Board to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Declan Rice

Firefighter

Local Government Management Services Board

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  Declan Rice

Research it well. Visit you local fire station, talk to the firefighters and question them ... they are generally very willing to help interested persons.

The training is excellent and will prepare you well for what will be expected of you. To "fit-in" you have got to be a team player, there's really no room for those who aren't. Who wants to work along someone for 25-30 years who only thinks of themself ? Your life may someday depend on them.

Do not consider this job if you are afraid of heights or confined spaces or squemish, in this job people will literally die in your arms; it's something you must give thought to. Having said all that ... the job is very safisfying

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Owns and operates a transport business


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Enforce safety rules and regulations.

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Plan work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.

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Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.

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Review orders, production schedules, blueprints, or shipping or receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, or destinations.

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Inspect or test materials, stock, vehicles, equipment, or facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and consistent with specifications.

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Confer with customers, supervisors, contractors, or other personnel to exchange information or to resolve problems.

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Monitor field work to ensure proper performance and use of materials.

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Dispatch personnel and vehicles in response to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.

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Drive vehicles or operate machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.

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Plan and establish transportation routes.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


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Organisation: British Association of Removers
  Address: Tangent House, 62 Exchange Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0TG
  Tel: + 44 1923 699 480
  Email: info@bar.co.uk
  Url www.bar.co.uk
   


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This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

Realist  Enterprising  Administrative 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Transport & Logistics

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