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