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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.

Support Your Local Fire Department

January 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Firefighter News

Who are the brave men and women who respond to our fire related 911 emergency calls? Do we really know who they are? Maybe not personally, but we know them. These are the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters and possibly some of the bravest male and female firefighters of the world. We should familiarize ourselves with the firefighters of our communities. All it takes is a brief trip to your local fire department. Simply introduce yourself and listen to the heroic stories that the male and female firefighter has to share.

Lack of community support often makes firefighters feel cut off from the rest of the community. Firefighters are no different from you or me, other than they have been extensively trained to have life saving skills, and have learned the art of fire prevention and suppression. Most fire departments try to reach out to the community by hosting money raising events. Like everyone else, the holidays are important to the firefighters of the community. Often they will have fun little get-togethers for members of the community so that they can educate people on fire safety skills.

Fire departments will have a special member or officer who will visit schools so he or she can assist in educating young children on the importance of fire safety, and how to react in the case of a fire. The famous stop, drop, and roll skill is taught to all children at various ages so that they have the skills to put out a fire on their bodies if needed. Children love to learn about firefighters and how important they are as members of a community.

If you are looking for a way to help your local fire department, and show them the community support that they deserve, try becoming a volunteer firefighter. If you decide to do this, it is important to keep some points in mind when engaging in this type of activity. Start slowly and try not to overdo it. It is best to speak with the fire chief or mayor and make them aware of your ideas for volunteering. They will let you know where volunteer firefighters are needed. It may not be where you want to be, but it is where you are needed.

When recruiting others to volunteer with you, maintain control of the group as a whole, and personally. The fire department already have a full load of work and are very busy, so they do not need additional work. Keep the volunteer group to a number you can easily control and manage. The people in your group should genuinely wish to help and not try to control the fire department.

local-fire-departmentCommunication is very important. Keep open lines between the fire chief, the mayor, and yourself. By having open communication you will show that the volunteers are going to help and not just cause problems. Be sure that you understand everything that is said as this will enable you and others to help appropriately, keeping problems to a minimum.

It is a fun and rewarding experience to support your local fire department. Do not try to fix or change the fire department, just offer your assistance where it is needed the most. Always approach the proper officials in a kind, respectful, and open manner. Share your ideas, and listen to what they have to say. Possible support you could provide can range from cooking for them, to running a fundraising charity. Work together with them as this is how a community stays together.