Overview

Firefighters, also known as firemen, are highly skilled men and women who work to combat and extinguish fires. They also take steps to prevent fires, act as emergency medical technicians (EMT), and investigate the causes of fires. Firefighters are almost always the first officials "on the scene" of fires, car accidents, or other emergencies, which is why they are also sometimes called "first responders." Some firefighters are career professionals, while others volunteer for duty within their communities.

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