I believe both have life threatening jobs. At times, such as 9-11, being a N.Y. Fireman was doomsday with your life in the balance. Then again when a Police Officer has to serve a warrant and the criminal opens fire with a shotgun that is dangerous as well.
I don't think you can quantify the danger. When firefighters enter a burning building, they never know when a floor, wall or ceiling will collapse on them, or when something will explode. When a police officer approaches a vehicle he or she has just pulled over, they don't know what awaits them. When each is carrying out the duties for which they're trained and hired, they're facing the prospect of death...and, I believe, on an equal level.
I do think that police officers have more exposure, though. Every day, they're pulling someone over or responding to a call for some kind of aid. Firemen can go several days without fighting a fire. But, when it's game on, they're putting their very lives on the line for us.
A police officer may have to settle a violent situation, or he may have to write up a parking violation.
A fireman is always going to be dealing with heights, hazardous materials, and of course, fire.
There are lots of dangerous jobs - the lineman in driving rain, working on live wires with thousands of volts, search and rescue teams, both mountain and off the coastal regions are just a couple more. And never forget the marine being shot at.
The argument is rather futile - people lose their lives every year trying to keep us safe, warm and happy.
In Little Rock it is definitely the firefighter. Rarely does the police officer put himself or herself on the line, even to do his job. Unless you are a person of wealth or great influence, you can't even get them to investigate a burglary suspect when they have been given evidence because they are afraid of "getting sued for false arrest". I don't know where they get their training, but they seem to think that questioning a suspect equates to an arrest. They seem to think their job is to write traffic tickets and eat donuts.
It's hard to say which job is the most dangerous I think.
Both can be dangerous at times.
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