Fire and police, different but similar

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Public safety professionals work together in life-and-death situations. During natural or transportation disasters, industrial accidents, shootings, suicides or dozens of other instances, police officers and firefighters are called upon to assist both injured and uninjured people. Although often romanticized in television series and in films, the real-life tasks of public safety professionals are usually unpleasant — restraining violent individuals and removing accident, homicide and suicide victims from death scenes — and always highly stressful.