Fire Fighters Job Description video

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Fire fighters have one of the most hazardous of all occupations. But it is also one of the most essential, for nothing is more damaging -— or more deadly -—than fire. Swinging a fire axe or aiming a fire hose that shoots water at 300 pounds per square inch requires strength and stamina. But fire fighting isn’t only about physical fitness. Most calls to fire departments involve medical emergencies. And many fire departments require fire fighters to be certified as emergency medical technicians. More than 90 percent of all career fire fighters work in city or county fire departments. But fire fighters are also employed by airports, chemical and manufacturing plants, and by agencies responsible for fighting forest fires. Fire fighters aid victims of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. They may also help clean up oil spills and hazardous materials. And many fire fighters are involved in public education and fire prevention activities, since the best fire is the one that never gets started in the first place.


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