Rename "firemen" to "hydroguys"

Rename "firemen" to "hydroguys"

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Steven Harrison started this petition to President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.

All across the United States, some of our bravest public servants are given the misnomer "firemen," when they are neither made of fire (e.g. "snowmen" are made of "snow") nor use fire in their profession (like the "ice cream man" sells "ice cream"). 

I understand these heroes are also frequently called "firefighters," but I worry this could also raise confusion. In the popular anime Avatar: The Last Airbender, the antagonistic and autocratic Fire Nation is comprised of "fire benders," who manipulate fire as a martial art for militaristic gain in hopes of imperial world domination. "Fire benders" fight using fire, so they too could be called "firefighters." But our "firefighters" are not to be confused with these tyrannical villains, fictional or otherwise. If we are attached to the words "fire" and "fighter," then we should call them "fighters OF fire."

However, I propose that we collectively give these noble people a far more accurate title: Hydroguys.

Not only do they fight through perilous situations with trusty high-quality H2O by their side (or rather, in their fire engines, which is a petition for another day), but the human body can be comprised of up to 60% water. Not only do these noble champions fight the flames with water, but they themselves are mostly made of water. Case in point for "hydro."

Additionally, the word "guy" is generally more gender-neutral than "man." (See popular phrase, "Hey guys.") Although not perfect, this could open the door for more people, not just men, to express their love of country and humanity through the brave act of sacrificing oneself to public servitude.

Yes, "firefighter" is alliterative, but the rhyme of "hydroguy," as well as a more accurate literal interpretation, makes for a more apt and equally memorable name for these people, made of water and courage, who are nothing short of superheroes. Let's give them the catchy superhero titles they deserve.

Thank a hydroguy today.

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