Firies and paramedics top the list of trusted professions
THE possibility of being called upon to save lives and livelihoods makes for some extremely tense days on the job, but Ipswich firefighter Jed Crosby finds it is well worth the effort.
Occasional praise from members of the public after a job well done doesn't go astray, of course, and there was a fair dose of praise for Mr Crosby and his workmates in the results of the latest Australian Reader's Digest Trust Survey.
Firefighters shared first place with paramedics in the list of the most trusted professions, according to the 1200 members of the public who voted.
Emergency services dominated the top positions in the annual poll, which paramedics have topped for the last decade.
Mr Crosby said when tragedy struck, people had little choice but to place all their trust in firefighters.
"It is a big responsibility and not the kind of job you do for public recognition - but when it does happen it is nice," he said.
"Life as a firefighter can be quiet - but then other days you are going from start to finish.
"When it is busy, the public do not care what you are doing - whether you are having a break or trying to have lunch - you have to pick up your gear and go."
Rescue volunteers were rated as the third most trusted, in front of nurses, pilots, doctors, pharmacists, vets and air traffic controllers. The humble farmer rounded off the top 10.
Journalists again found themselves at the wrong end of the list but they had some interesting company - in the form of prostitutes, tow truck drivers, insurance salesmen and lawyers.
In the list of political leaders, Malcolm Turnbull edged out Kevin Rudd by two places, while Abbott was back in 75th spot, edging out rival Julia Gillard, who came in at 95.