Firefighter Gifts: The Brotherhood Bond
Firefighter Gifts: The Brotherhood Bond
Becoming a firefighter is not just about the Fire Academy Firefighter I program. It's more than just the countless hours of training, demanding physical labor and sleepless nights. It is about the flames, destruction and unknown. And it is about going through it with the guys on your line. The firefighters who hang their accountability tag next to yours, no questions asked except for "Ready?".
This bond is like a secret. Not because we won't tell you, but because we can't. There aren't really words to explain sharing the heat, the zero visibility, the work of the search, facing what is unknown and different every single time. After 18 years in the service, I've given up trying to explain it because none of us who share the bond really can. The bond is one of the truest firefighter gifts that is earned and protected once it is yours.
There is a pride that comes from the badges and patches - and the fire trucks we spend hours taking care of so it can bring us to that time. The Class A uniforms that hang proudly and make us stand tall never feel as much a part of us as our bunker gear and helmets, worn to fit just right like a pair of your favorite jeans and navy blue firefighter t-shirt with your station maltese. Your equipment of choice tucked back in the same pockets after you use them so your hands can find them even if your eyes cannot.
The Brotherhood of firefighting will always be alive and well, because being a firefighter is not just what we do, it is who we are and what we share.
Firefighter Is Not All We Are
Firefighters are fathers and mothers, grandparents, sons and daughters. We are aunts, uncles and cousins. We are your next door neighbor.
We care for those we love, friends and co-workers and we care for strangers in their time of need.
We are from all different walks of life, rich and poor, middle class. Teachers, plumbers, doctors and lawyers. Students, car mechanics and accountants.
We are firemen and female firefighters and we are proud, dedicated and are always training, for the present and the future.
Visit our new lens Firefighter Family Gifts Of Love
Firefighter Brotherhood. Do You Still Believe?
The brotherhood of 9/11 firefighters, like no other.
Firefighters are dedicated. We have to be. There is no such thing as too much training. No such thing as too much time on the job. We always have to be ready to go, off days could cost someone their life. Knowing the rules and understanding them. Honoring the rule of firefighter safety, dedication to the community and always ready to serve the right way.
Firefighting bunker gear can save your life. It's urgent to know your Personal Protective Equipment. Inspect it, keep it clean, know what's in your pockets. It can truly be the difference between life and death.
The fallen brotherhood
Structure Fire Flames Showing On Arrival
Incident Command Chief reported fire in a house with a victim trapped on the second floor. The crew on the "first due" engine pulled a handline up the stairs, SCBA packed up, tools in hand and crawled their way through the smoke, located the victim and put the fire out. They worked together as a team, never lost communications and one of the firefighter gifts was present, teamwork!
This was a training exercise. We train hard, we practice our skills as though the incident was real. We have to, because someday again, it will be. When the training is over, the packs are filled, the tools, gear and equipment back on the fire truck - stripped down to our t-shirts and jeans, we critique the drill. We learn from every experience. We share our firefighting and search tactics. The firefighter bond of brotherhood grows along with our experiences.
Well trained firefighters are ready when they pull up to structure fires like this one we arrived at with flames showing well before our arrival.
9/11 Harley Davidson Memorial Firefighter Robert Sitner
No firefighter website or blog will ever be complete again without remembering our brave FDNY brothers lost on 9/11. All 343 firemen are remembered on this classic custom painted memorial motorcycle dedicated to their memory by firefighter Robert Sitner. Dedication, honor and pride from real firefighters who don't just wear the t-shirt, they live the spirit of firefighting.
Firefighter iPhone Cases and Phone Covers
Firefighters always have to stay in touch. Communications is a must when it comes to firefighting especially when it comes to calling family and friends to let them know your on a call or extended alarm. Don't forget to give the Fire Chief a call and let him know when you're back in town.
Firefighter Family Gifts Of Love
Firefighter Lighting and Visibility - Check Your Visibility
Sure you can't see anything in a REAL fire anyway, but give yourself some light power and maybe some will shine through anyway!
Streamlight great flashlights rugged and some are ready to be helmet mounted.
Waterproof flashlights are perfect for overhaul phase of firefighting
Streamlight rechargeable flashlights the leading name in the fire rescue industry for flashlights
Firefighters Believe In Fire Prevention
Hope you will stop and visit my newest lens about Firefighters and Fire Prevention. It shows how strongly firefighters believe in Fire Safety Education, offers great tips to help keep your family safer and spotlights firefighters and children bonding together to get the important word out about Fire Prevention through the year.
Visit us at: Firefighters Believe In Fire Prevention!
Fire Trucks and Safety
All of the leading news and information for the firefighting, rescue and EMS community are featuring links, breaking news, firefighter resources and forums that focus daily on fire department line of duty deaths and injuries.
Fighting fires is a dangerous business whether you are a volunteer or career firefighter. Websites like "Firefighter Close Calls" and "Everyone Goes Home" are updated almost every day with stories and photos of tragedies, accidents and warnings.
How firefighters get to the fire scenes is a matter of utmost safety too. Fire trucks have to be equipped with seat belts and drivers that are trained to the highest standard. Not only are the best truck operators experts in operating aerials and pump operations, but they should also be trained to drive both in emergency response situations and returning home to the highest level of safety for the good of the firefighters on board and the community around them on the roads.
Has your fire department taken the National Fire Service Seat Belt Pledge? Have you implemented the "16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives?"
Visit our links below to strengthen your brotherhood pledge to firefighter safety.
Firefighter Safety and Training Resources
Do your part to make sure everyone goes home.
- Everyone Goes Home
Life Safety Initiatives, resources, kits, free downloads and links.
- 16 Life Safety Initiatives
Do you know what they are? Has your station implemented them? Click on the link to read them all on one page, it's easy reading, printer friendly and free to download.
- National Fire Service Seat Belt Pledge
The National Fire Service Seat Belt Pledge to remember firefighter Brian Hunton is a promise we can all live with. From now on - NO firefighter will die because they were not wearing their seat belt. Brothers and sisters we can do this. We owe it to
- Firefighter Close Calls
Prepare yourself for firefighter line of duty deaths, close calls and photos that will make you shake your head. Use the links, resources and excellent training provided on the website. Share your close calls so we can all learn from the too.
Firefighter Posters and Prints
Where Does Your Courage Come From?
Firefighters and Community Heroes
Part of the firefighting spirit is always remembering those Brothers that have been lost especially in the line of duty. They don't have to be on your fire dept. You may have never met them. But firefighters remember and keep their families and fire depts alive in our memories, online and throughout our communities as well strive to serve with honor and dedication.
Firefighter Personalized Welcome Sign
Resources For Fire Related Training - Stay Safe Out There
Everyone goes home from every rescue, hazard and alarm by watching out for each other, training, remaining proactive and training some more!
- Fire Engineering Online
Firefighter training resources from Fire Engineering.com. Find the latest information covering drills, reading a building, HIPAA, training tips and papers, webcasts, discussions and "TrainingDivision.com".
- Firefighter Safety
Everyone Goes Home is a website who's goal is to help the U.S. Fire Administration achieve its objective of reducing the number of firefighter fatalities by 25% within 5 years, and by 50% within 10 years. The adoption of the 16 Firefighter Life Safet
EMT's and Firefighters
Firefighters are different than EMT's! Read more at my squidoo lens all about EMT's! EMT'S SAVE LIVES!
EMT's are more than just pre-hospital care providers, they are very often the difference between life and death......and the quality of life.
Rescue Me the TV Series - DVD's With Firefighter Themes!
Pick your season of Rescue Me the TV series, or even better make sure you get all the seasons to watch over and over.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Firefighters
Personalize With Names, Fire Dept and Photos!
FIREFIGHTER GEAR AND EQUIPMENT BAGS
With a focus on firefighter bags because jump bags for long calls, rescue situations and emergency weather conditions can hardly ever be predicted.
One Foot In The Black Firefighter Novel - Author: Kurt Kamm
Did you ever wonder what it's like to fight a wildfire - to face a wall of flames ninety feet high, moving at sixty miles an hour, burning at 1200+ degrees, and sucking away your oxygen? Did you ever wonder what kind of person becomes a wildland firefighter? Would you like to know what motivates him and what his life is like? ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK will tell you.
"One foot in the black" is a phrase used to describe a position on the fireline which is next to an area already burned ("the black"). It is both the most dangerous place, usually close to the flames, and the safest place - a safe zone into which escape is possible.
Each year wildfires burn across the United States. Climate changes, land mismanagement, and the incursion of urban areas into the wildland ensure that these fires will continue to generate headlines and create an interest in this novel.
Learn About Smoke Detectors - Will They Wake Your Children In An Emergency?
Resource video on smoke detectors and which type you should buy. Good information on photoelectric vs. ionization type alarms and what's best to protect your home.
Also very important information and facts showing that children will not always be awakened by smoke detectors going off!! New voice alert detectors may be better than the traditional alarms, check out this video for some really important emergency preparation information!
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