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73.9% of firefighters ponder leaving the profession

Nearly two-thirds of firefighters, some 73.9% have already pondered leaving the industry, according to a study compiled by the Independent Union of Professional Firefighters, reported.

Covering some 1,392 firefighters, the poll reveals significant problems with working conditions, organizational structures and career paths. More than 42.1% of the currently active staff have 15 years of experience.

Respondents said that higher wages, a better retirement system and independence from the disaster management set up would give them more encouragement and motivation to stay, said.