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CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUCCESSFUL FIREFIGHTER

  • maintain effective working relationships with superiors and subordinates
  • get along with others
  • stay calm; handle stress
  • use common sense
  • listen to others
  • be flexible
  • be self-motivated
  • be decisive
  • counsel, support and be empathic toward others
  • work under stressful conditions
  • maintain emotional control
  • do repetitive tasks
  • work with little or no supervision
  • take charge when needed
  • determine priorities
  • have a good sense of humor
  • accept constructive criticism from others
  • be resourceful
  • handle critical decision-making under life-threatening conditions
  • perform complex tasks under life-threatening conditions
  • work under tight time frames
  • deal with critically injured/ill people
  • perform tasks requiring log periods of intense concentration
  • perform under unpleasant circumstances or in traumatic situations
  • work as a team member
  • maintain a positive attitude
  • enthusiasm
  • honesty
  • initiative
  • innovativeness
  • judgment and common sense
  • stability
  • willingness to be patient, non-judgmental and accepting of other people
  • desire to serve and help people regardless of who they are, where they are and what their beliefs are
  • demonstrate a genuine caring attitude toward all people
  • must have an awareness and understanding of differences between different cultures
  • have an optimistic attitude and believe that the best outcome will occur in emergency situations
  • driven by strong values and ethics along with an awareness to act upon those values and ethics
  • willing to put the best interests of the organization above personal interests or differences
  • be able to function as a member of a team

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