Everyone loves a little bit of good trivia. At AccuMed we’re particularly interested in the fire/EMS industry. Here are a few fun facts you can share with your friends and family pertaining to our favorite business!

  1. Benjamin Franklin established the first fire company in 1736.
  2. There are over 27,000 registered fire departments in the United States.
  3. The registered fire departments represent around 50,000 fire stations nationwide.
  4. About 20% of registered departments provide EMS transport.
  5. Most house fires start in the kitchen.
  6. On average, there are 25 home fires reported per day caused by candles.
  7. Before a fireman can legally enter a burning building, they need a minimum of 100 hours of training.
  8. When they get a call, firefighters are expected to get dressed in less than two minutes.
  9. All of their gear plus tools can weigh around 70 pounds.
  10. Before fire hydrants were available, firefighters used to have to carry around buckets of water.

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