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North Amer­i­can fire­fight­ers take home around $30 an hour. Their typ­i­cal work­ing con­di­tions en­com­pass two weeks of 12-hour shifts, dur­ing which time there’s a very real risk of death. Around 100 die in the line of duty ev­ery year in the USA alone. Al­most half lose their lives not from heat ex­po­sure, but as a re­sult of a heart at­tack caused by ex­treme stress.

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