Fun Firefighter Facts. Very interesting….

Posted: November 7, 2011 in News and Articles

FACTS

  • There are over 1,149,000 firefighters.
  • 72% of firefighters are volunteers with 70% or more of fire departments 100% by volunteers.
  • More than 118 firefighters die in the line of duty each year.
  • 1.6 million or more fires are reported annually.
  • Fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined, with over 4,000 deaths annually.
  • The U.S. has one of the highest rates of death due to fire in the industrialized world.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

  • When you see firefighters in uniform, walk up and thank them for keeping you and your community safe.
  • Get out of the way: pull your car to the right when you hear a siren or see a fire truck with its lights on.
  • Organize your friends, co-workers, neighborhood, or child’s class to create and deliver thank-you cards to your local fire station.
  • Become a Jr. Fire Marshall (for kids).
  • Develop a fire escape plan for your home.
  • Donate to firefighter benefits and causes.
  • Minimize your risk of fires — install smoke detectors, keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, don’t overload power plugs, clear brush from around your house, and don’t flick your cigarette butts.

 

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