There are around 7.5 billion people in this world and each one of us grows up having a different idea of what or who our real heroes are. Some of us might stick to the ideas of superheroes that have been fed to us by movie makers, and some of us might stick to the credence that our fathers are the only real heroes ever to live.
Sadly, these days many people don’t notice what people have done for us if it doesn’t show up on our phones/tablets. Firefighters selflessly save us from burning buildings, sometimes at the cost of their own life. Throughout their career they save hundreds of lives. They are certainly not appreciated enough. Isn’t it time we thank a firefighter?
Here are some 2015 statistics from the NFPA that remind us why firefighters are heroes:
- 1,160,450 firefighters from 29,727 local fire departments protected the United States in 2015.
- 30% (345,600) were career firefighters.
- 70% (814,850) were volunteer firefighters.
- 7 % (85,100) of the firefighters were female.
- A fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds.
- 1,345,500 fire alarms were responded to by firefighters.
- 45% provided basic life support (BLS)
- 16% provided advanced life support (ALS).
- 69 on-duty firefighters were fatally injured.
- 26 firefighters died of sudden cardiac death and internal trauma.
- The largest share of deaths occurred while firefighters were responding to and returning from alarms (17 deaths).
- 15 firefighters died on the fireground with 7 at structure fires.
- 17 firefighters died in vehicle crashes.
- 68,085 firefighters were injured.
First responders put their lives on the line every day for us. When you see a firefighter, thank them for what they do. It might be your life that they save next.