You want to know what it's like being a firefighter? You spend about 80% of your time responding to medical emergencies, so you're basically just an EMT in an expensive truck. Have fun performing mouth-to-mouth on some passed out bum.
You spend about 15% of your time maintaining your equipment and the station house. You spend about 3% of your time fighting fires, many of which are harmless little brush fires in unincorporated areas.
And for this, you get paid some inexorbitant amount of money, yet you'll probably only be "at work" for about 10 days out of the month. You are retired at age 50-55 with a great pension fund, which is probably draining your state's budget like it is in California.
But don't worry, you can still collect your pension even after you get another job, like teaching fire technology classes at the local community college where you eventually will be able to dip into another pension fund. And if for some reason you have to retire early due to a disability, even if it's not job-related, you get an even larger pension and enter the teaching field earlier. You could be lucky enough to get a job at the local airport, in which case the only fire you'll ever fight is if an airliner crashes.
I have a friend whose dad is currently making about 45K teaching fire tech full-time. He has a nice retirement package that the state pays into, he still collects a hefty pension fund check from his firefighting days. But he was a firefighter at the San Jose Airport and never fought a single fire in 30 years, yet he continues to collect that huge pension because of the inherent "danger" in the job he performed for 30 years.