Firefighting as a profession has a reputation as one of the most dangerous, yet rewarding careers in existence. Trained firefighters regularly risk (and sometimes give up) their lives in order to save the lives of complete strangers. They are known for giving extraordinary effort when called to the scene of a fire, going above and beyond the call of duty. It is not easy to keep from shedding a tear or two when you see a photo of a firefighter rescuing a person or even sharing an oxygen mask with a family's beloved pet after making a rescue.
Firefighters have to undergo extensive training to put out fires that threaten people and property, and they also rescue people from car accidents, collapsed buildings, and other extremely dangerous situations. Modern life has brought about an enormous increase in complexity in the work that firefighters are called to do, with hazards that couldn't be envisioned a century ago. Therefore, firefighters have to have broad training that they must keep up over the years, and they must have the mental acuity to go along with the physical demands the job makes.