5 Amazing Facts about Firefighters That You Didn’t Know

Firefighters are some of the most fearless and brave people, choosing to work in a job that can get them killed on any given day, rather than an ordinary, safe desk job. People who choose to be firefighters are definitely not ordinary. They are extraordinary and here are 5 facts that I bet you didn’t know about firefighters and the history of firefighting.

  • - Did you know that about 100 firefighters per year are arrested for STARTING FIRES. That’s right, there are serial arsonists who decide to become firefighters. Guess they would be the last people you would expect to start a fire. These people tend to do it more for the money or the thrill, rather than it being a psychological disorder.

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  • - Benjamin Franklin is responsible for the first fire company in Philadelphia. These firefighters were sometimes known as Benjamin Franklin’s Bucket Brigade. They would meet monthly to discuss different techniques to fight fires.

  • - A firefighter needs 100 hours of training before legally being allowed to enter the interior of a burning building.

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  • - How long do you think firefighters have to get dressed? Less than two minutes! This includes all of their gear, which can weigh from eighty to one hundred twenty pounds.

  • - You would think that the most likely thing to kill a firefighter is fire, right? Wrong. The number one killer of firefighters is heart attacks. Over 45% of firefighters who die while on duty die from heart related issues. Firefighters are 12 times more likely to have a heart attack when putting out a fire than when they are performing duties not related to emergencies.

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