I’m speaking in general terms. It would take me too long to profile each and every fire dept. in the United States, sorry.
Many times people think Fire Personal just sit around the firehouse waiting on the next call and with a good fire service such as in Gwinnett County nothing could be further from the truth. Training is ongoing and evolving, many of the personal have BS degrees or Master degrees and could make much better pay in the private sector but this was their calling, to help others.
In an emergency situation minutes may seem like hours when in reality most calls have a response time of seven minutes or less.