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Experience

What Firefighters Really Go Through

Admit it – when you hear the sound of a fire truck alarm racing down the street, the first thing that enters your mind is that somebody’s house is burning somewhere. You’d be wrong. That might have been the case in earlier days when fire prevention measures were not as widely instituted. However in today’s day and age, and thanks to improvements in fire protection, firefighters are hardly fighting any actual fires. Here are the statistics: in the entire country, out of the majority of 911 and medical 911 calls, about 80% of them are actually for medical emergencies. If you can imagine it, only 2% of 88,000 emergency calls in Orange County, California were actually for fires. This is great news for public safety. Even though the number of fire-related deaths in major cities has been steadily decreasing since 2010, these heroic men and women who strive to keep us safe are still called upon as the “jacks-of-all-trades” when it comes to emergency rescue.

 

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Firefighters perform so much more in their job occupation than just fighting fires. They also assist in car crashes, trench and water rescues, and are present during events in which fire hazards are present and precautions are needed. Not many people really know what firefighters have to go through on a daily basis, and the amount of emotional and physical stress that takes its toll on them. Many firefighters are also battling their own inner demons – manifesting in the form of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and the like. It can sometimes be very difficult to deal with the loss of a close friend, co-worker, or loved one. It can be very tough watching people burn alive as you stand helpless by, as some buildings are totally engulfed in smoke and flame and there is absolutely no hope for whoever remains inside.

 

080730-N-5277R-003 ATSUGI, Japan (July 30, 2008) A Commander, Naval Forces Japan firefighter douses a fire on a dummy aircraft during the annual off-station mishap drill at Naval Support Facility Kamiseya. Emergency response and rescue teams were tasked with putting out a simulated fire, and rescuing two personnel from a plane crash scene. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Barry Riley (Released)

 

Some firefighters have also taken an extremely disturbing and tragic route – one that involves taking their life by their own hand. Since they can no longer cope up with the mental stress that is weighing heavily upon them, they have felt that they only way to rid themselves of the guilt was to commit suicide. If you know someone or are aware of a person or persons who is struggling with the aforementioned disorders, please reach out to your local authorities as soon as possible to ensure that they can receive the right help that they need. No matter how gloomy life is, there’s always a chance to start anew and put the past behind. Firefighters are definitely the unsung heroes of today’s society – let’s give them the respect and support that they truly deserve.

Be proactive in your local community and rally for the rights of firefighters. These valiant men and women selflessly put themselves into harm’s way for one common goal – to protect, to serve, and to rescue all who require aid. No other job on earth can quite compare to a firefighter’s – it’s one of a kind.