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Firefighting Around the World

March 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Firefighter Jobs

The term, firefighting, brings images of brave male and female firefighters to mind. These people are skilled in the art of fighting fire and have gone through all the crucial steps to becoming a firefighter. They have studied and practiced for a long time to be where they are. These are the men and women who come to aid us in times of distress or disaster. They rescue people and sometimes animals, making them local community heroes. Most people do not realize the great deal of difficulties they have to go through during their intense and difficult training. Even when training is complete, their job is a very difficult one which unfortunately sometimes ends in the death of these brave men and women.

The art of firefighting is known worldwide, from the smallest rural areas to largest cities and towns. Where there is fire, you will find firefighters doing their jobs. Some of these people are professionally trained, and receive an average firefighter salary. Others are volunteer firefighters, who are not usually paid for their services other than with the respect and gratitude of the community. Some firefighters are known as “call” or “retained” and are paid only when they are called in to respond to an emergency. Most countries in all parts of the world use this same system of firefighters, although there are occasionally some differences.

Germany takes firefighting very seriously. A volunteer fire department exists in every town as well as a professional fire department. However, the amount of volunteer fire departments outweighs the professional ones. Volunteer firefighters in Germany have equal knowledge to professional firefighters and will often work with them on the same calls. Even though these firefighters and women generally have the same training and skills as career firefighters, they are still called volunteer firefighters.

Venezuela has a special group of firefighters called university firefighters. These people are specifically trained to respond to fire related emergencies in universities and campuses in the country. They fight fires specifically within campus boundaries and surrounding zones, which are relevant to the university. Venezuela takes education quite seriously both in university, and in their fire department. They are also expected to design and develop new firefighting technology and ideas, and this is encouraged by the government. Eighty percent of university firefighters either possess a degree already, or are working towards one. This ensures a higher level of ability and intelligence, proving that a higher education applies to all areas of life.

firefighting-around-the-worldAustralia has two groups of firefighters, which are volunteer and career firefighters. Volunteer firefighters are trained similarly to career firefighters and are trained to assume command if they are the first to arrive at the scene of a fire. This includes assuming command over local fire departments as well. Volunteer firefighters are usually paid by their employers if they are called away to fight fires while they are scheduled to work. Although each country has small differences in the way their fire departments are run, the art of firefighting is universal.