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There are roughly 1.2 million firefighters in America serving in over 27,000 departments across the country. Every day, those men and women wake up knowing that they could be in a life or death situation before the next sunrise. Every day they still get out of bed and head to work, because they know if they don't then someone very well could die. If they don't do what they do, people get hurt and homes are destroyed. They go to work every day because it makes the world a safer place to be. It's a heroic sort of thing to do. And it's definitely not the right job for everyone.
The soul of a firefighter is the soul of someone who puts others first as a way of life. Someone who doesn't let fear stop them from doing what needs to be done. Someone who will put their own body through the wringer to make sure the world is a little bit safer than it was the day before. That's admirable and pretty amazing when you think about it. If you're not sure whether or not your soul is up to the task then all you need to do is answer a few questions and see!
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Have you ever had the misfortune of being caught in a fire before?
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If you see a fight break out between strangers, would you intervene?
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How often do you work out anyway?
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Have you ever been badly burned?
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Part of being a firefighter is saving lives. Have you ever saved someone's life before?
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Has anyone ever called you a hero before?
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A firefighter needs to overcome fear. Have you ever been crippled by fear before?
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How often do you do volunteer work in and around your community?
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Have you ever put yourself in harm's way to protect someone else?
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Are you afraid of heights?
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Do you ever wake up in the morning and just think "not today" then call in sick for work?
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Which instinct is strong in you, fight or flight?
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Do you feel like some people deserve to have bad things happen to them?
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If you had to choose between you feeling physical pain or a complete stranger feeling that same pain, would you take it for them?
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Do you have a large group of friends?
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The life of a firefighter isn't all adrenaline. Are you willing to climb a tree to save a cat?
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Do you need the stability of a 9-5 job?
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Are you able to drop everything at a moment's notice to do your job if you need to?
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Can you be honest with people you care about even when it hurts?
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Are you an adrenaline junkie in your downtime?
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How do you handle it when you realize you've made a pretty bad mistake?
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If firefighting was out of the question, which of these jobs would be most appealing to you?
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Firefighters are real-life heroes, but who's your favorite superhero?
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Is everything in the world right and wrong or is there a gray area?
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What are your thoughts on having some friendly competition with coworkers?
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How are you when it comes to making split-second decisions?
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Are you always right?
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Pick your extreme sport!
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What would make you want to be a firefighter the most?
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