6 Facts That Will Make You Grateful for First Responders

As of 2016 there were estimated to be around 1,134,400 firefighters in the U.S., 788,250 of which are volunteer.

This means the majority of Firefighters (over 2/3) in the U.S. are volunteers. These volunteers often put their safety at risk for nothing in return.

144 law enforcement officers and around 83 firefighters lost their life in the line of duty in 2018 in the United States.

Enough can never be said about the men and women who lose their lives while serving their community.

For career firefighters, median Firefighter salary is around $7,000 less than the median income for all households in the U.S.

Even when Firefighters are getting paid, they are working for less than average pay. With the risk involved in their careers, their work is definitely a service.

An estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 each year.

Without first responders that would be 240 million emergencies that went unattended to. Aren’t you glad there is a system in place full of brave men and women?

Emergency Medical Services Treat approximately 25-30 million patients a year in the U.S.

You don’t have to be one of the 25-20 million patients to appreciate the work that EMS does, but if you ever find yourself in that situation, you’ll be happy to see them.

412 of the 2,977 deaths resulting from the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 were emergency workers.

The courage of emergency workers on that infamous day will always stand as a tribute to the valor of our nation’s first responders.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the action in the face of fear.- Mark Messier