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   WHAT IS A FIREFIGHTER?
A firefighter, man or woman, is a person who is trained and equipped to put out fires, rescue people, pets, aid and assist during natural disasters and, increasingly, provide emergency medical service. The fire service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the emergency services. Firefighters are occasionally nicknamed "Jake", "bucket head" (often used a mildly derisive term) "smok eater," and "leather lungs."

   Firefighting is the process and profession of extinguishing fires. Firefighting and firefighters have become ubiquitous around the world, from urban areas to wildland areas, and on board ships. Not all firefighters are paid for their services. In some countries, including the United States, Canada, Finland, Australia, and New Zealand, there are often paid, or "career" ("professional" is falling out of popular usage due to the perception that non-paid volunteers would thus be termed "unprofessional"), firefighters working alongside volunteer and "call" or "retained" (firefighters who are paid for the specific time they are responding to emergencies) firefighters. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the use of retained firefighters (who are part-time, but are paid when on duty) rather than volunteers is standard. In Germany, Volunteer fire departments are standard - only cities of more than 100,000 are required to have a paid fire department, though even some of these cities have volunteer departments.

   The three main goals in firefighting are (in order) protection of life, the environment and property. Firefighting is an inherently dangerous occupation. As such, the skills required for safe operations are regularly practiced during training evolutions throughout a firefighter's career. In the United States, the preeminent fire training and standards organization is the National Fire Protection Association (or NFPA). Often initial firefighting skills are taught during a local, regional, or state approved fire academy. Depending on the requirements of a department additional skills and certifications such as technical rescue and Paramedicine may also be taught at this time.

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