How Much Money Firefighters Earn in Every State

15. Florida

FLORIDA, USA - DEC 22: Fire trucks in Key West, Florida, USA. December 22, 2009 in Everglades, Florida, USA
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Average wage: $53,340

The job of fighting fires can stress first responders even when they’re not physically present at a fire. Inspired by the rigors of his dad’s firefighting job, a college student in Florida invented an innovative device that could save lives.

According to the St. Augustine Record, Blake Richardson had always heard from his father, who works for the Fernandina Beach Fire Department, that heart attacks are the leading cause of death for firefighters. So he created EaseAwake, a wearable wristband that vibrates for five seconds before the station alarm goes off.

The idea is, if a firefighter is in a deep sleep, the vibrations will wake them more calmly than the jolt of hearing an alarm, and thus would be easier on their hearts. Richardson is hoping to pursue creating the device full-time after graduating from college.

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