Why should everyone be familiar with the beautiful American tradition of helping others in a time of need? More than one million volunteer first responders take their firefighting duties very seriously. For more than 250 years, local fire departments across America have relied on the generous donations of volunteer firefighters to keep their communities safe and healthy. 97% of these volunteers serve communities with fewer than 25,000 residents. Of those, 49% protect small rural areas with fewer than 2,500 residents.
Each year, generous donations from the public, along with crucial support from local governments and businesses, enable fire departments across America to respond to emergency situations in some of the most remote regions of any county. Those residents would be at life-threatening risk if it weren’t for their amazing neighbors who have joined the local volunteer fire department.
They are called to duty when emergency situations arise. emergency call-outs can vary from structure fires, car accidents, and traffic collisions to medical calls. Normally, a firefighter attends the scene of the emergency and performs first-responder duties such as search and rescue, first aid, and suppression activities. In addition, firefighters sometimes are dispatched to assist in the crime scene investigation and serve as witness protection agents in emergency court situations. In some cases, a firefighter may be dispatched to an emergency situation because he or she is the closest first-responder available.
Volunteer firefighters are not paid for their services. they often leave behind their family, friends, and loved ones in order to ensure that the public is safe. Because firefighters are working 24-hour shifts, some firefighters get two weeks of full-time work, followed by two weeks of on-call duty. Afterward, they return to their families and jobs.
Is being a volunteer firefighter hard work?
It’s very hard work. firefighters typically work 6 days a week for 12 to 14 hours a day. Furthermore, they usually train at least 3 hours a day. They must also attend firefighter training courses, including CPR and CPR/First Aid. These courses are usually held in the evenings, so most fire departments require their firefighters to work during the day. Additionally, firefighters must carry equipment and supplies on their persons at all times, as well as have the knowledge to operate them effectively. Furthermore, they must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, including heat, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures.
How can I learn more about being a volunteer firefighter or EMS worker?
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