Firefighting

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Firefighting

Being a firefighter is no easy job, but somebody has to do it. The job is both mentally
and physically challenging and it requires extreme dedication. Fire fighters put their
life in danger every single day to help and save the public. Fire fighters must be
prepared for the dangers they encounter and be able to respond immediately to a fire or
any other emergencies that arises. Because fighting fires is so complex, it requires
organization and teamwork.

Fire fighters have one of the most dangerous of all occupations. "In the United States, a
higher percentage of fire fighters are killed or injured on the job than are workers in
any other occupation" (Sesil, 2). Fire fighting is a dangerous job that should not be
taken lightly; a volunteer or paid fire fighter has a time consuming job that requires
proper training and maintenance of equipment. This requires a man or woman to be extremely
dedicated and courageous. Firemen never know what a day or night at work will hold in
store for them.

A fireman has many different responsibilities. A fireman Responds to fire alarms with a
company, drives and operates pump and ladder trucks and similar types of fire rescue
equipment. He uses pumps, aerial ladders and auxiliary equipment, lays and connects hoses,
holds nozzles and directs fog or water streams, raises and climbs ladders, uses chemical
lines, power tools and extinguishers, uses bars, hooks, lines and other equipment, and he
controls hazardous materials. There are many more responsibilities and duties that come
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