Benjamin Franklin started a fire brigade in Philadelphia that had one purpose – to fight fires. Hence, the men were called firefighters. We fight against something negative; something people don’t want, such as a fire in a building.
Fire service in America has followed that concept quite closely. However, today’s local fire companies are much more than fighters. They are also providers; providing something people want. They provide rescue at vehicle accidents, assist property owners in investigating automatic alarms at local businesses, control hazardous materials spills, provide traffic control, assist EMS crews, and provide farm and wild land rescue services.
These responses all require knowledge and this means many evenings and Saturdays spent in training. What’s in the name firefighter/provider? Come see for yourself at the Bird-in-Hand Fire Station on the third Tuesday evening of each month as you watch your firefighters go through training.