How many firefighters are there in the US?
Statistics show that in 2011 the United States had 1,100,000 firefighters. It is important to know that 344,000 (31%) were career firefighters and 756,000 (69%) were volunteer firefighters. Moreover, there were 30,145 fire departments with 55,400 fire stations. Not too many people know that the training required for volunteers is the same as for the professionals. It is also important to know that U.S. firefighters work under the auspices of fire departments. Not too many people know that firefighting in the United States can be traced back to the 17th century.