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Firefighters put their life in danger every single day to help and save the public Firefighters must be prepared for the endangers they encounter and be able to respond immediately to a fire or any other emergencies that arises Because fighting fires is so complex it requires organization and teamwork At every emergency scene firefighters perform specific duties assigned by a superior officer At fires they connect hose lines to hydrants operate a pump to high pressure hoses and position ladders to deliver water to the fire They also rescue victims and administer emergency medical aid as needed Firefighters duties may change several times while the company is in action Sometimes they remain at the site of a disaster for days at a time rescuing trapped survivors and assisting with medical treatmentFirefighters have a very large range of responsibilities including emergency medical services In fact most calls to which firefighters respond involve medical emergencies and about half of all fire departments provide ambulance services for victims Firefighters receive training in the emergency medical procedures and many fire departments require them to certified as emergency medical techniciansFirefighters work in a variety of settings including urban and suburban areas airports chemical plants and other industrial sites In addition some firefighters work in hazardous materials units that are trained for the control prevention and clean up of oil spills and other hazardous materials incidents Workers in suburban areas airports and industrial sites usually use conventional fire fighting equipment and tactics while forest fires and major spills call for different methodsIn national forests and parks rangers spot fires from watchtowers and report their findings to headquarters by telephone and radio Forest rangers patrol to ensure travelers and campers comply with fire regulations When fires break out crews of firefighters in to suppress the blaze using heavy equipment hand tools water hoses etc One of the most effective means of battling the fire is by creating fire lines through cutting
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