I was in San Diego when they had lots of wild fires. The firefighters were letting whole towns burn to the ground, yet people couldn't stop calling them heroes. I offered a different word - incompetent - but they just yelled at me.
I've known of firefighters who had simultaneous jobs as private general contractors. They get their 40 hours by standing duty for 2 24 hour periods (w/ 4 hours overtime) and then work their own business in their 5 day weekends.
Not to mention that they regularly make over 100k a year (including or before benefits, I don't know).
I guess, over all, I'm not too impressed with firemen. Come to think of it, I'm not too impressed with police, mailmen, public school teachers & administrators, or politicians, either.
On the other hand, pizza delivery persons perform a valuable service, and it is one of the top ten most dangerous. I generally give them more money than the cost of the pizza.
Pizza guy, this bud is for you.