Firefighters are essential to their communities. The scope of their work stretches beyond what many people realize. Of course they do fight fires, but they also: Respond to medical emergencies Aid in search and rescue efforts Help with traffic incidents
One of the greatest innovations in the fire service is the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which is a critical component in the personal protective equipment (PPE) used by today’s firefighters. This equipment is essential for allowing firefighters to operate in
It’s no secret that firefighters are subject to health and safety risks. As a result, they wear and carry protective equipment intended to mitigate such risks. Nevertheless, when you add up all the hazards firefighters face over the course of
Want to be hired as a professional firefighter? Yes, it’s competitive. Yes, there are many applicants for each available job. Yes, you must meet high standards. But new firefighters, like those in many job categories, do get hired all over
Firefighting is a life-threatening job and it’s not for everyone. Firefighters may be called to many different settings or environments. It’s impossible to predict all of the possible hazards a firefighter may encounter. Firefighters deal with more hazards than the
In the United States, wildfires are prevalent in the western states, particularly in the end of summer and early fall, when the hot, dry desert winds fan flames that run fast and furiously through forests, over mountains, valleys and anything
Which is Worse: Fire or Smoke? Contrary to what may be most commonly understood by non-firefighting professionals, one of the main risks of a fire is the smoke. This is because smoke carries heat and poisonous gases and makes is
There are three goals to firefighting. Do you know all of them? Do you know their priorities relative to each other?