Fire / Rescue
In addition to fighting fires and responding to emergency medical calls, firefighters also respond to natural gas leaks, hazardous materials calls, confined-space rescues, high-angle rescues, swift-water rescues, suicide attempts, bomb threats, motor vehicle accidents, SWAT calls, airplane crashes, knife fights, gunshots, dog bites, heart attacks, strokes, overturned vehicles, trees down on power lines and houses, fuel leaks and just about anything else requiring resources to help people in need.
Today's fire departments are staffed with people who have all sorts of licenses and certifications, from commercial vehicle operators to CPR instructors to paramedics to specialty rescue technicians. In fact, so many people apply to become firefighters every year that departments have started hiring people with college degrees.
When firefighters aren't working to solve the problems involved in all of those types of emergencies, they train, maintain their equipment, clean their stations, perform business inspections, test hydrants, participate in physical fitness activities, landscape their fire station properties, visit schools for career and safety days, provide fire safety training for businesses, attend public events and anything else city leaders ask them to do.