My Inspiration to Become a Fireman

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Firefighting Firefighting is a fulfilling career because you get to protect your community. “I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives” (http://en.thinkexist.com/quotation/i-have-no-ambition-in-this-world-but-one-and-that/821652.html). I’m striving to become a successful firefighter. A firefighter is someone who is trained to extinguish hazardous fires and rescue people from dangerous situations Not only do firefighters contain blazes of all shapes and sizes but they also provide life-saving medical aid to citizens prior to hospital care. Without them the United States would have absolute chaos. If your house caught on fire and you didn’t have access to a fire department most likely all your belongings would be destroyed and you may even lose your life due to the toxic smoke from the fire. This country would be a hell hole without firefighters. I’m interested in being a fireman because when I was younger a firefighter lieutenant named Jeff Freeman would cut my hair every week. He showed me that money is good but it shouldn’t be the only reason why you want to do a specific job. He inspired me to become a fireman because I would spend a lot of time at the fire station and I loved the working environment because when the firefighters don’t have any calls they have a multitude of things they can do. Such as training, cooking, watching TV, playing games and washing the trucks. Mr. Freeman also inspired me by sharing his experiences with my brother and I. Some of them were brutal others were not, but all of them... ... middle of paper ... ... of the most populated and economically important American cities. The Chicago Fire Department had a crew of 185 firefighters with just 17 horse-drawn steam engines to protect the entire city. The initial response by the fire department was quick but a watchman named Matthias Schaffer made an error and sent the firefighters to the wrong location which allowed the fire to expand. The firefighters were tired from fighting numerous small fires and one large fire in the week before. These components combined to turn a small barn fire into a stupendous fire in hours. There were 100,000 people that were left homeless. There were 120 bodies that were recovered but the death toll may have been as high as 300. The county coroner speculated that an accurate count was impossible considering that some victims may have drowned or had been incinerated leaving no body remains.
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