Ok so I asked my brother and this is what he tells me. Of course this is all on averages.
A fireman works 9-11 days a month in 24-hr shifts.
They make around $40k-$50k. Of course earning more and they move up in rank.
That means they earn an average of $17.25/hr assuming:
10 shifts of 24-hr per month and annual pay pf $50k.
Meanwhile the, according to Business Insider (9-2013):
NFL players make $1.9/yr
NHL players make $2.4/yr
MLB players make $3.2/yr
NBA players make $5.15/yr
Oh and those numbers are in MILLIONS
And, in case you were wondering, school teachers starting out make $34k a year in Texas.
So what we learned is that, as a society, we value the people who entertain our children by playing games that children play at recess 56 times more (at a minimum) than the people who teach our children and 38 times more than people who protect our children.
That's just bullshit.