There are currently around 1,064,800 firefighters in the US. It is no secret they are heroes. But there are some facts about firefighters which will make you appreciate them more!
If you have ever wanted to know more about being a firefighter? Or are you interested in becoming a firefighter? Either way, keep reading for nine interesting firefighter facts!
- President Firefighters
Many presidents have been volunteer firefighters! George Washington is one example. It was Benjamin Franklin who helped set up the first fire department in 1736.
- Women Firefighters
The first known women firefighter was Molly Williams in the 1800s. She was a slave in New York City. Women firefighters continue to make history, such as this all-women firefighter team.
- Volunteer Firefighters
Over 70% of firefighters in the US are volunteers! That means they risk their lives, all for the good of the community. Most do not get paid for their efforts.
- Required Training Hours
A firefighter cannot just waltz into a building. It is only legal for them to enter the interior of a burning building after 100 hours of training. Most firefighter programs are 600 hours on average.
- Two Minutes To Be Ready!
Being a firefighter is all about response time. Firefighters have around two minutes to get dressed for a response call. That is why they keep their gear in easy access closets, so it is ready to go!
- Superhero Gear
Their gear can withstand temperatures up to 2200°F!
They are also superheroes for wearing the gear. Equipment can weigh anything from 30 to 75 pounds.
They have safety gear like torches and radios as fires limit sight and sound. Check out this guide to the best fire department radios if you plan on becoming a firefighter!
- Facts About Fire
Some interesting fire facts show how brave firefighters are! Temperatures in burning buildings are over oven temperatures, reaching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. And open-plan structures allow fires to burn much faster.
Wildfire temperatures start around 572 degrees Fahrenheit. They can reach over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 24 Hour Shifts
Firefighter shift patterns are unique. Usually, their working week is divided into 24-hour shifts, with breaks for rest in between. Often firefighters work longer hours when they are battling fires.
- Dalmatian Mascots!
Dalmatians were the original fire dog, as they worked well with the horses used to battle fires. Now, there are many different breeds of firefighter dogs. But dalmatians continue to be a popular choice and are mascots for many fire departments.
Remember These Facts About Firefighters
There is a lot involved with being a firefighter. It is not just about bravery, but hard work and commitment too!
Remember these interesting facts about firefighters. You can show your appreciation and maybe ask if they have a dalmatian.
These firefighter facts and facts about fire are just the tips of the iceberg. If you are interested in becoming a firefighter, you will learn even more!
Thank you to all the firefighters out there. And good luck if you start training!
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