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Firefighters Are Always Ready

Your town probably has a fire station, and you may have seen brightly colored fire trucks. Perhaps you have heard their loud noise as they race down the street.

Some men and women go to special classes to learn how to become firefighters. They find out how to save people during a fire. They also study ways to put out fires. They learn how to use special tools to do their job.

Firefighters Practice

Firefighters practice putting out fires. They practice searching for people. Practicing helps them know what to do during real fires.

Firefighters Check Their Gear

Firefighters wear special clothing to keep them safe. Their clothing includes a helmet, a mask, a jacket, pants, and boots. Firefighters do not wear their special clothes all day. They put them on when they need to fight a fire. They make sure their clothing is easy to find. They make sure their tools and fire truck are ready to go, too.

Firefighters Teach Fire Safety

Firefighters teach fire safety to children. They teach people how to keep fires from starting. They show people what to do if a fire starts.