Birmingham ranks 4th best large city in U.S. for firefighters to work, according to survey

Photo from the Birmingham Fire and Rescue  Service Facebook page

According to a national survey conducted by AdvisorSmith, Birmingham metro ranked 4th best in the large city category for firefighters to work.

Released on February 4th, the company conducted a study on 311 cities in the United States to determine the best places for firefighters to pursue their careers in.

Graph from AdvisorSmith report on best places for firefighters to work.

There were three sub-categories in the study: small, mid-sized and large. The categories were based on metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). For example, the large category included MSAs with a population over 500,000. Bham metro area is about 1.2 million, which includes a seven county region.

Just ahead of Birmingham in the survey were Cape Coral, Florida, Columbus, Ohio and Toledo, Ohio.

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Derrek Oldham and son Jonathan Oldham’s gear on Derreks last day of work.

Overall, Birmingham ranked no. 30 overall in the AdvisorSmith study, beating out Tuscaloosa at no. 37, Anniston at no. 112 and Decatur at no. 120 on the list.

The rankings were based on several key factors including:

  • Average annual salary
  • Cost of living
  • Location quotient

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September 11 ceremony in downtown Birmingham in 2017. Photo from the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department Facebook page

Bham Now loves our community’s firefighters and rescue paramedics!

Over the past few years we’ve had the pleasure to profile several of our brave local first responders.

For some inspiration – Check out these two features:

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