Should I become a Firefighter or a Police Officer?

I am trying to decide on what career path to take. I am trying to decide on becoming a Firefighter or a Police Officer. Anyone have any suggetions? Maybe some one who is an Officer or a Firefighter.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    Honestly, I've been a firefighter for 5 years now in Baltimore City, and I couldn't imagine a better job. The tangible feeling of helping out the community does a lot to keep your morale up day in and day out, good days and bad. In my opinion, neither job is more or less dangerous; on the fireground, most injuries are not burns, despite what the movies would have you believe, I have been put off duty for thrown shoulders, busted knees, and burns. I would say the majority of the injuries are joint injuries, simply because crawling around blind in an unfamiliar environment while wearing 80 pounds of gear lends itself to tumbles down rickety stairs, falls through weakened floors, etc. Also, when adrenaline kicks in, unless you watch yourself, it's not difficult to injure yourself and not realize it.

    Regarding the whole "lounging around until a call comes in" mentality: With the exception of a few "old school" departments out there, most of your time will be taken up with building inspections, hydrant inspections, maintaining certifications through coursework, and general public relations stuff. Calls will be interspersed throughout this.

    With the increased reliance on the Fire Service for EMS responses, 90% of your calls will be medic assists and car accidents. All in all, pretty busy, but not unbearable.

    On the flip side there is generally less competition for the police officer jobs and the pay and benefits are generally better. (15-20% higher pay for police in many jurisdictions.)

    Good luck in your career choice.

  • 4 years ago

    In my state county correction officers are the highest paid, anywhere from 75K to 135K, though I do know someone who is a firefighter 4 days 24/7 then 3 days off, pay is good benefits are great and if you get in early , retire early with full benefits and start a side business

    while Police officer has it dangerous I know local cops on LI NY can easily make 130K

  • 4 years ago

    Firefighters help people in need. Cops investigate crimes. If you like helping people, become a firefighter. If you like dealing with criminals all day, every day, be a cop.

  • 4 years ago

    Firefighter 100% Better pay, same benefits, better hours, longer weekends, more respect, less people who fear you and fear speaking their minds around you. A ton less paperwork, and dealing with drunk hobos spitting and throwing cups of piss on you. You'll get to help more animals as a firefighter too.

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  • 4 years ago

    Depends on whether you rather be burned or shot.

    Firefighters are held in high esteem, cops are hated.

    Source(s): An immigrant from Europe, I live on the American Riviera and work as an attorney in Santa Barbara, California.
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