The Force Can Be With You
Long before 9/11, firefighters and police officers were considered heroes. And they should be. Consider these statistics from the National Volunteer Fire Council:
- Volunteer rescue workers comprise 73 percent of firefighters in the United States.
- Communities served by volunteer firefighters depend on them to be their first line of defense for many types of emergencies.
- Services contributed by volunteer firefighters save localities across the country an estimated $37.2 billion each year.
Their brothers and sisters in the police force are also putting their lives on the line every day. The average police officer makes just $46,290 (www.salary.com) working long hours in environments that can be cold, hot, wet — and dangerous.