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Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink

May 13, 2011

#10. Honolulu, HI

Population: 588,349

Average Salary: $41,250

Firefighter Salary: $47,000

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 93

Average Commute Time: 22.3 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 132

Unemployment Rate: 5.4

More than just sun, sand, surf and volcanoes, Hawaii’s capital city boasts the second lowest unemployment rate on our list. The island is divided into five battalions containing 44 fire stations. The total number of companies in a platoon is 42 engine companies, 13 ladder or quint companies, 2 rescue companies, 2 hazardous material companies, 2 tower companies, 1 fireboat company, 6 tankers, and 2 helicopters. Also supporting the HFD’s mission are several personal watercrafts and 3 rescue boats (2 of which are assigned to the search and rescue companies and 1 to the Waialua Fire Station). The city is heavily focused in government; trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; and professional and business services. One-fifth of the land is actually zoned for agriculture and, despite ongoing residential and commercial development, diversified agriculture and aquaculture have seen steady upward trends in recent years. Besides, where else can you fight lava fires?

Bonus fun fact: President Obama was born here.

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