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Employment of firefighters is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL says that "improved building materials and building codes have resulted in a long-term decrease in fires and fire fatalities, [but] firefighters will still be needed to respond to fires." There will also be increasing demand for firefighters to fight wildland fires. In 2018, 58,083 wildfires destroyed 8,767,492 acres in the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This is a significant increase from the 67,743 wildfires and 5,509,995 acres destroyed in 2016. 

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