The history of fire department jobs is long. Back in the Roman Empire, the emperor of Rome had about 500 firefighters on call for his team. Whenever there was a fire the firefighters would rush to the scene of the fire. But then, they would haggle over the price to put out the fire as the building continued to burn. Since then, firefighting has evolved as more of a social service, which is covered by the cost of taxes and provided by the government. A lot fewer buildings have been lost nowadays due to these new practices, and the system is much safer for everyone living in the cities because the proximity of buildings meant that when one building continued to burn, it would risk setting the next buildings on fire.
Firefighters are often seen as heroic. They are often asked to come into elementary school classes to set a good example for the children. This is one reason why many people may choose to take firefighting jobs. They may feel that they are giving back to their communities and providing a much needed service that few are brave enough to do.
Firefighters do other jobs, as well. You often see in the movies where a cat is stuck, in a tree, and the firefighter comes to extend his ladder to get the cat unstuck. Fire department jobs are not always paid, either. There are many volunteer fire departments, with brave men who agree to be on call at certain hours during the week in case there is a fire.
Firefighting is a diverse and rewarding career. Those who choose to become firefighters are well respected by their communities and their friends. There are many benefits to taking a firefighting job, but also many perils, such as health and life risks. Taking into consideration both the positives and negatives of being a firefighter, many or most people would choose a different career. That’s why we need to be even more thankful to those who decided to make a personal sacrifice for the better of their communities, and choose to become firefighters.