Chaplains working with fire departments provide the same kind of support to firefighters as do chaplains working with law enforcement, and sometimes face even greater danger working with the wounded in often hazardous surroundings.

At the scene of the September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center, for example, Franciscan.

Friar fire chaplain Fr. Mychal F. Judge lost his life when he re-entered one of the World Trade Center buildings shortly after administering last rites to a wounded firefighter.

Fire Department

A fire department or fire brigade, also known as a fire authority, fire district, fire and Rescue, or fire service in some areas, is an organization that provides fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation.

Fire departments are most commonly public sector organizations that operate within a municipality, county, state, nation, or special district. Private and specialist firefighting organizations, such as those for aircraft rescue and firefighting, also exist.

The Central Fire Station of Tampere

A fire department contains one or more fire stations within its boundaries and may be staffed by firefighters, who may be professionals, volunteers, conscripts, or on-call. Combination fire departments employ a mix of professional and volunteer firefighters.

Firefighter (Pompier)

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Activity sectors Rescue, fire protection, civil service, public service, public safety
A firefighter, also known as a fireman or firewoman, is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten property and civilian or natural populations and to rescue people from
dangerous situations, like collapsed or burning buildings.

Firefighting and firefighters have become ubiquitous worldwide, from wildland areas to urban areas and aboard ships. The complexity of modern industrialized life with a greater prominence of hazards has increased the skills needed in firefighting technology and a broadening of the firefighter-rescuer's remit. They sometimes provide emergency medical services, for example. The fire service, or fire and rescue service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the leading
emergency services. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, the English word "firefighter" has been used since 1903. In recent decades it has become the preferred term, replacing the older "fireman" since many women serve as firefighters and because the term "fireman" can have other meanings, including someone who sets or stokes fires – the opposite of the firefighting role.

In many countries, firefighters may be employed as full-time workers and paid a salary. Additionally, there are volunteer firefighters (theoretically unpaid) and retained firefighters (or auxiliary firefighters, who are paid for the specific time they are on duty, i.e. permanent part-time career firefighters) on call as required. In countries like the United Kingdom, the use of additional retained firefighters is standard. In Portugal, for example, volunteer firefighters are standard, along with career firefighters. In Australia, volunteer brigades are mostly unpaid rural services, although traditionally, they are paid by their employers if called out during usual working hours.



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Living in Alaska