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Firefighters line up as they wait for French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday. Christophe Petit Tesson/AP hide caption

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Opinion: Amid Devastation, Paris Firefighters' Bravery Is An Inspiration

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Firefighters are often exposed to carcinogens in the course of their work. Laws in many states say if they get cancer, it should be presumed to be linked to their work. Arisha Singh/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters try to beat back the Woolsey Fire in the early hours of Friday. One day earlier, the blaze ignited as mourning residents tried to cope with quite another kind of terror in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Eric Thayer/Reuters hide caption

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A house is covered in pink fire retardant as the Cranston Fire burns out of control near the town of Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Cal Fire firefighters keep watch on a wildfire blaze burning the mountainside near the Cate School campus in Carpinteria, Calif., on Dec. 10, 2017. Kenneth Song/AP hide caption

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Firefighters work beneath the vertical struts of the World Trade Center's twin towers, in Lower Manhattan, following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mark Lennihan/Associated Press hide caption

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Sept. 11 First Responder Fights On Behalf Of Others Who Rushed To Help

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Chicago's Fire Department has only half as many ambulances as it has fire vehicles, but it gets 20 times more medical calls than fire calls these days. Monica Eng/WBEZ hide caption

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Why Send A Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?

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Houston firefighters learn to use a video chat program that will let them consult with an emergency medicine doctor while responding to 911 calls. Courtesy of Houston Fire Department hide caption

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Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters

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Chief Brita Horn of the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Colorado says the department is "always short-handed." Bente Birkeland/KRCC hide caption

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Shrinking Pool Of Volunteer Firefighters Leaves Communities At Risk

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Emir Dunn, an inmate firefighter stationed at the Chamberlain Creek Conservation fire camp in California, at work on a fire. About 4,000 inmate firefighters battle blazes across the state. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption

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Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

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Crews work a controlled burn in Geneva, Fla., in December. The state's forest service has rolled out a system to track equipment during fires, and hopes it can eventually be used to pinpoint firefighters, too. Joshua C. Cruey/Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel hide caption

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Former Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters walk past ceremonial firefighter boots and gear during a memorial honoring 19 fallen firefighters in Prescott Valley, Ariz., on Tuesday. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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