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Employment of firefighters is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL says that "improved building materials and building codes have resulted in a long-term decrease in fires and fire fatalities, but firefighters will still be needed to respond to fires." There will also be increasing demand for firefighters to fight wildland fires. In 2015, there were 68,151 wildland fires with 10,125,149 acres burned, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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