Incredible Facts About Firefighters and Fire Engines
Firefighters are heroes who devote their lives to saving others. Every single the alarms sounds, these brave people jump aboard a fire truck and race to the location of the fire emergency. They risk their own lives every day of the week in order to rescue people and extinguish flames that have the potential to destroy land and property. Children's books about fire trucks share all the ways these heroes help people who are in trouble.
Here are some facts about firefighters that your children will find fascinating:
- To be a firefighter requires hours and hours of practice. In fact, every firefighter needs to put in 100 hours of training before ever stepping foot inside a burning building.
- Firefighters have a high risk of dying while on the job. One might think this would be due to burns or smoke inhalation, but this is not the case. 45% of job-related deaths are due to heart attacks while fighting fires.
- We all know that Dalmatians are the official firefighter dog, but the reason may surprise you. Back when firefighters were transported by horse and carriage, Dalmatians were selected to accompany them. This breed of dog gets along well with horses and is capable of running alongside the carriages for miles.
- The protective clothing worn by firefighters can withstand temperatures of up to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows them to enter burning buildings while minimizing the risk of burns in the hottest of temperatures.