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WHY FIREFIGHTERS RUN INTO A BURNING BUILDING

WHY FIREFIGHTERS RUN INTO A BURNING BUILDING

"People are always asking me how is it that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer." -John Travolta. When a firefighter knows what he has to do, he completes the task with 100% accuracy. If he gives 99%, then that one percent could cause someone not be able to go home to their family" -Firefighters take such risky jobs.

HOW DO FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETE THE JOB AT A 100% SKILL LEVEL.

The job calls for a variety of tasks and challenges like physical, mental, and motivational endurance. If you are not prepared for what can happen during a shift, then you will not be ready for that period of time when it does happen. This is why firefighters train everyday. Some firemen lifts weights to be up for the challenge of the physical demands of the job. They have to be able to lift heavy equipment like Hurst tools to cut a person out of a car. Mentally, they take in class trainings like Haz-Mat Awareness to learn how to read placards on 18 wheeler trucks to identify the type of chemicals that it may be hauling. Sometimes, they may just need to talk to someone in a critical incident stress debriefing after dealing with a bad call where they lost the patient. The mental capacity that Firemen are forced to deal with sometimes outweighs the physical ones.
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ARE THEY SCARED TO GO INTO A BURNING BUILDING?

Well of course anyone in their right mind would be afraid of facing their death. But, when a firefighter realizes that someone needs his/her help then that fear fades away. A firefighter does not only care about himself, he cares about the person who is having the worst day of their life.
Ladder 49 (2004)

SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FIREFIGHTER PASSES AWAY?

When a firefighter dies, that is the most honorable ceremony one can have. Most department has an Honor Guard where a member stands guard at the casket to watch over his comrade. The changing of the guard occurs every 15 minutes. Once the service begins, the Guard stays put during the entire service. The deceased's shift mates serve as the Pallbearers. They bring the flag-draped casket to the Engine or Rig that the deceased was assigned to. The apparatus is draped with black cloth on the outside. The Firemen wear Class A uniforms to show respect. At the graveside, Amazing Grace is played on a set of bagpipes. The firemans code 3-3-5 is rang on a brass bell signalling the Fireman has returned home. At that time, the dispatcher will set off the Engine Company's alert tones. The Fireman's call sign is given out three times, with no answer. The Fireman's response does not come, and is then given his last dispatch assignment, "out of service." Typically, at that time, a flyover is done by air medical.
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