I got in an argument w/ the guys at my station so I need ur expert opinion - do you think firefighters are waterbenders or firebenders
firefighters started out as waterbenders – it’s the obvious choice, considering water puts out fire. but as time went on, everyone soon realized that fire could also be fought with fire….or rather, firebending. it could be controlled more easily then, and also be directed away from things it could burn.
a major theme in atla is that there is strength in overcoming our differences and coming together for the greater good, and for the greater good within ourselves. firefighters are a team of both waterbenders and firebenders because they can work together and have their abilities compliment each other in a way that gets the job done more efficiently, quickly, and better than before.
EMS members on the other hand are waterbenders as well (because of the whole healing thing) but also airbenders….because honestly, you have no idea how much air-way related equipment and emergencies EMS members deal with until you go on a call/set foot in an ambulance. Cops are earthbenders (which i think was confirmed in lok??) due to how their abilities can help them quite literally stop perps in their tracks by trapping their feet in the ground, among other things. (also because they have to have “rock hard, unshakable” dispositions lol)
but yeah, anyways, firefighters are both. sorry this was prob a much longer answer than you were expecting but as a third generation emergency first responder and a huge alta this is the type of stuff i’ve thought about a lot.
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