Can you imagine the dangers that firefighters have to face on a regular basis on the job? Well, if you're new to this scene, it's best you find out early on about the perils you'll be encountering. Your life will not just be put at risk on the spot, but you'll be confronted with health risks day in and day out.
Every single day, firefighters are risking their health and even their lives to serve the community and help people. But this job is only for the young, strong, and fit. If you're a firefighter, you inevitably face early retirement which may not be quite beneficial in this type of career.
Always and never. Those of us in the firefighting and fire science business know all too well about the Always and Never lists of things to do and not do when fighting fires. These have been part of academy training for many years, and it's likely that your chief is alive and got to his or her position by following and committing the memory the absolutes listed.
Firefighters just sit around, playing games, eating, sleeping and watching TV, and once in a while they are called out to hose down a fire here and there...right?
It was just a little more than a year ago that 19 firefighters were killed by the Yarnell Hill wildfire in central Arizona. Only one member of the Granite Mountain hotshot team survived the tragedy, which is the largest single loss-of-life event for firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001.
Several states in the last few years have contradicted federal law and allowed residents to use marijuana in small amounts either for recreational or medicinal purposes.
There is no question that firefighters are among the most essential government workers in most municipal jurisdictions. Yet, in the current economic climate across much of the country, local budgets are being squeezed, and sometimes that means the firehouses don't always get all the funding they may need in order to continue operations uninterrupted.
Fighting fires for a living is not only one of the most dangerous professions in the world, it can also be one of the most time-consuming. As a result, it can be hard to keep up with all of the news and information that affects your world.
Posted by Feldfire Team on 6/18/2014
Fire or other life-threatening situations (like extrication) can be very dangerous for firefighters, first responders and the victims.
The problem is that, with firefighters tending to be a prideful sort, some of the PTSD cases go undiagnosed and thus untreated because these men and women don't generally ask for help.