WASHINGTON, April 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Saturday, April 1st. For much of history, firefighting was an improvised voluntary activity. The ancient Romans had a permanent corps of firefighters who were neither volunteers nor professional — they were slaves. But for centuries thereafter, volunteer units were the rule. The first professional fire department in the U.S. was established on this date in 1853 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Members of the company received $60 per year, with lieutenants earning $100, and captains $150. The real money was made by the pump wagon drivers — $365. Today, while trained volunteer companies perform much firefighting, there are some 65,000 professional firefighters in the U.S. Their mean annual pay is slightly over $41,000 per year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.
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Firefighting history/accessed 2/9/2017:
Firefighters/American Community Survey: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_5YR/B24121
Earnings/American Community Survey: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_5YR/S2412
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau