A typical shift for a firefighter can last as long as 24 hours or more. Firefighters commonly work more than 50 hours per week in varied schedules.
Firefighters are the first to respond to fires, medical emergencies or traffic accidents in various environments. They spend their down time on shift working out, training and maintaining equipment. Some of this equipment includes high pressure water hoses, axes and crowbars. Firefighters must be ready to respond to any kind of situation, including those where first aid and resuscitation are needed. They wear heavy duty gear to protect themselves from heat, flames, poisons, explosive gases or even radioactive substances. Their job is very dangerous and requires a high level of sacrifice and both physical and mental endurance.