Risky jobs exist all over the world, but someone has to rise to the challenge. Go behind the scenes of the most dangerous professions in the world, and experience all the gritty moments these risk takers endure every day. From Firefighters to Alligator Trappers, Stuntmen to Bounty Hunters, the one thing these jobs all have in common is that something could go wrong at any moment.
Alligators are a constant threat to the people of Florida. The first line of defense against them are the alligator trappers—a group whose job it is to find and capture these dangerous predators before they can harm the people around them.
In Phoenix, Arizona, firefighters take 24 hour shifts—sometimes taking over 10 calls a day—to protect their communities. But for these men and women, the rush of the risk and helping those in need makes it all worth it.
When there is a hurricane warning, people run to the nearest safety. Everyone, that is, except for hurricane chasers. These brave photographers and scientists get right in the thick of the storm to get the material that no one else can.
Fighting fires has always risky, but to combat them in a forest, surrounded by millions of acres of fuel for the blaze, is another thing entirely. Forest Firefighters stop these infernos on the ground level, before they consume everything around them.
You know your job is one of the most dangerous in the world when your toolbox includes an M-16 rifle. Witness what it’s like to patrol one of the top ten most violent cities in North America, where every corner and police officer has a story to tell.
Motor sport racing is different from every other kind of sport because death could be around every corner. When the racers crash, it is up to the car rescuers to knowingly put their lives on the line to save the drivers—and every second counts.
Bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Fortunately, the riders have guardian angels ready to save them from the angry bulls at any cost: the bull fighters. Though they are called rodeo clowns, there is nothing funny about this job.
When the action gets too hot, the S.W.A.T. team comes to the rescue. These super cops face shootouts, barricades, hostage situations, and murderers on the loose. They are the last hope in situations that look more like urban warfare than police work.
The US-Mexican border is the most heavily used corridor for human trafficking and drug running in the United States. From the harsh conditions, to chasing down smugglers, being a border patrol agent is one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement.
High Risk Photographers put their lives on the line to get the shots that no one would dare to take. Working with some of the most dangerous animals and environments in the world, these photographers put their lives on the line for the perfect picture.
Bounty hunters have one mission: to track down criminals and bring them before the courts. But going after drug dealers and murderers alike, bounty hunters never know what to expect, or to what extremes their quarry will fight to stay out of prison.
Since their arrival in the US, killer bees have killed over two dozen people. Killer bee removal experts must brave the hives—working amidst swarms of thousands of angry bees--to remove them from before anyone else falls victim to their vicious stings.
Stuntmen put their lives on the line every day to bring storyboards to life. From dangerous motorcycle tricks to being lit on fire, they do whatever they must to make movie goers feel as though their performances are real.
When polar bears threaten towns in the arctic, it's up to the polar bear alert squad to confront them. These courageous men and women go head-to-head with nature’s largest land predator, using whatever means necessary to disable and relocate the bears.
Professional blasters spend their days surrounded by thousands of tons of dynamite, rigging complex explosives to demolish colossal structures. In their line of work, there are no second chances, and even the slightest miscalculation could be fatal.
Los Angeles has the country’s largest population of homeless people, drug addicts, and street gangs. To be a paramedic in this demanding environment means enduring a huge amount of psychological stress, as well as physical danger from unstable patients.
More people lose their lives in logging accidents than in any other profession in the United States. To loggers, every tree is a potential killer, and the tools of the trade are so powerful that they could easily take a life if they backfire.