EMS, EMT and firefighter jobs in a world that depends on first responders Emergency, Fire & Rescue

Providing medical assistance. Extinguishing fires upon ships and submarines. Rescuing fellow Sailors from danger. Whatever the nature of the situation, the Sailors who make up the Emergency, Fire and Rescue community of America’s Navy are always prepared to respond – and ready to act fast to ensure that help promptly reaches those in need.

Job Description

Just as EMS, EMT and firefighter professionals are important to communities all over the country – they are essential to the mission of America’s Navy. In this world of ships, submarines, aircraft and ordnance of all types, danger is an inherent part of the job. Whether its everyday work or ongoing missions, conditions can be volatile and precious lives and expensive equipment are always at stake.

As a member of the Navy first responder team, you’ll be there to help prevent accidents and to stabilize the situation in the event that something does go wrong. No college degree is required to become part of the Navy Emergency, Fire and Rescue community, but the experience you’ll gain is extensive and extremely hands-on.

Specific Responsibilities

Provide first aid to servicemembers in the field. Serve as your ship’s Fire Marshall. Operate firefighting equipment. Specialize in chemical, biological and radiological defense equipment. Run electrical and sound-powered communications systems.

Some of the responsibilities you may have include:

  • Firefighting
  • Emergency equipment repair
  • Onboard damage control
  • Emergency medicine
  • Preventive care

Work Environment

Sailors working as emergency responders will offer their expertise in any number of environments. On board ships and submarines. As part of an air squadron. Alongside Special Warfare and Special Operations units. You could be assigned anywhere around the globe. Your career will be as exciting as it is fulfilling.

Training & Advancement

Your position within the Navy emergency field will provide you with hands-on training in areas such as emergency treatment, medical technology, firefighting, damage prevention, and emergency equipment repair.

Education Opportunities

Your training could transfer to college or vocational credit hours, which can either be transferred to participating institutions or used toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. Advanced training is available in areas such as firefighting, safety inspection, repair of high-tech rescue and emergency equipment and health-care technologies specialization.

Pay Range

For first responders in America’s Navy, pay is dependent upon rank or rate and years in service. Like all Enlisted positions, your increase in rate is earned. Promotions depend upon your performance and time in service.


No degree is required to become part of the Emergency, Fire & Rescue community in the Navy.

After the Navy

Being a Navy emergency responder is thrilling in and of itself. The career opportunities you will be presented with upon completion of your service will be just as exhilarating and expansive. The on-the-job training you receive will prepare you for many great careers in the civilian sector, such as:

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Surgical technician
  • Pharmacist’s assistant
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • X-Ray equipment tester
  • Medical assistant
  • Nuclear medical technologist

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.