The work of a firefighter can be dangerous but the services these community helpers provide is both necessary and invaluable. Not only are they sometimes on call to respond to fires, but they also serve to rescue and account for potential victims inside a burning blaze. In addition, firefighters are often called to assist with the cleaning up of spills relating to accidents related to vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
Firefighters also can be called to employ the use of their hydraulic rescue tools, otherwise known as the Jaws of Life, to extract accident victims from their automobiles. When necessary, firefighters will administer first aid, rescue breathing, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to wounded persons. They are also sometimes asked to help with the removal of water during floods from basements. In the event of an in-depth search and rescue mission, police will ask for assistance from local fire crews.