When you visit the National Fire Protection Association’s voluminous news and research section on their website, you will see a staggering amount of statistical data covering everything related to fire safety, firefighting and fire department emergency response you can imagine.
The posted statistics date back to 1980, and the emergency response statistics alone will boggle your mind. Fire calls. Medical aid. Hazardous materials and conditions. Mutual aid with other first responders.
The statistics defy comprehension because they stretch well into the MILLIONS. Consider in 2018 alone … fire companies fielded nearly 3 million false alarms!
As you try to wrap your mind around the staggering numbers you’re reading, you realize there’s something missing in the translation of raw data to the page.
Because behind every one of those statistical columns, and behind each one of those numbers, is a firefighter or member of the fire police. And what they face every day is the very essence of the human condition.
It’s hard to put into words what compels firefighters and fire police to be the ones who go “in” while others are trying to get out. It’s hard to explain the uniquely thrilling and terrifying rush of adrenaline you receive when the alarm bell sounds, when it’s your turn on the line, when you respond to an emergency that may balance triumph with tragedy.
So we we sum it up pretty simply by telling people…
“We’re in the bad day business.”
We train exhaustively and thoroughly to respond to medical and building emergencies, all kinds of accidents, smoke alarms, chemical fires, hazardous material response, crowd control, structural fires, mutual aid with other first responders, and so much more.
But how we do it?
Why we do it?
What keeps us coming back?
You just have to see for yourself. Please take a look at our new video “On Being in the Bad Day Business.”