On top of putting out fires in their area, firefighters also respond to other emergency calls for medical assistance and vehicle accidents. Firefighters also have many other duties including maintaining equipment, holding public educational seminars and inspecting buildings.
While putting out building fires is a significant part of a firefighter's job, at approximately 20 percent, a firefighter does much more to protect the community. There are both full time firefighters, who typically work long extended shifts, and volunteer firefighters, who help out with less dangerous tasks like education seminars. Firefighters have a wide range of medical knowledge and skills to allow them to assist in many life-threatening situations.