Firefighters (usually firemen in England) are rescuers extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten civilian populations and property and to rescue people from dangerous incidents, such as collapsed and burning buildings. The increasing complexity of modern industrialized life with an increase in the scale of hazards has created an increase in the skills needed in firefighting technology and a broadening of the firefighter-rescuer's remit. They sometimes provide emergency medical services. The fire service, or fire and rescue service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the main emergency services. Fire-fighting and firefighters have become ubiquitous around the world, from wildland areas to urban areas, and aboard ships.

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, the English word "firefighter" has been used since 1903. In recent decades it has become the preferred term, replacing the older "fireman", since many women serve as firefighters, and also because the term "fireman" can have other meanings, including someone who sets or stokes fires - exactly the opposite of the fire-fighting role.

In some countries, there are often paid, or career firefighters working. Additionally, there are volunteer firefighters (who are theoretically unpaid) and retained firefighters (sometimes called on call or auxiliary firefighters, who are paid for the specific time they are on duty, i.e. permanent part-time career firefighters) on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In such countries as the United Kingdom and Ireland, the use of additional retained firefighters is standard. In Portugal, the use of volunteer firefighters is standard, along with career firefighters. In Australia there are volunteer brigades which are mostly unpaid rural services, although traditionally they are paid by their employers if called out during working hours.

Read more about Firefighter:  Goals of Firefighting, Firefighting Around The World, Communication and Command Structure, Firefighter Equipment, History of Fire Brigades, Miscellaneous Traditions, Notable Firefighters

Other articles related to "firefighter, firefighters":

Lea Ann Parsley - Biography - Firefighting Career
... Parsley began working as a volunteer firefighter in 1985 and earned top graduate honors from the Ohio Fire Academy as a professional firefighter cadet in 1995 ... She was named the State of Ohio Firefighter of the Year in 1999 for her part in the rescue of a mother and daughter during a residential house fire ... During her career as a structural firefighter, she served the Licking County Ohio area as a member of the Specialized Rescue Team, Hazardous Materials Response Team ...
Firefighter (disambiguation)
... Firefighter is a profession ... It may also refer to Firefighter (fireboat), a U.S ... National Historic Landmark Fire Fighter II a 2010 NYFD fire boat Firefighter F.D ...
Bill Walsh (firefighter)
... William J Walsh (born September 25, 1957) is a New York City firefighter, known for his role in the television series Third Watch ... In Third Watch, he started as a firefighter consultant to the show's producers ...
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum And Memorial - Fallen Firefighters Memorial
... In front of the museum is the Fallen Firefighter Memorial ... a memorial wall with the names of every known Los Angeles firefighter who has died while on active duty ... of life-size bronze statues depicting five firefighters ...
Notable Firefighters
... Los Angeles, California, City Council member, a firefighter for 23 years Chip Prather (born 1953), second chief of the Orange County, California, Fire Authority ...