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Firefighter Family Gifts Of Love

Updated on January 11, 2015

The Firefighter Family and Brotherhood

A firefighter's family including their wives, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, girlfriends and boyfriends are as much a part of the firefighter brotherhood as the firemen and female firefighters that serve their community. Their families are linked by every fire, emergency and disaster that the fire dept is called to.

A firefighter's family presents their gift of love and sacrifice every fire call, every shift and every time their firefighter is needed whether it is a false alarm, a structure fire, a motor vehicle crash and even when their fire station is planning a special event for their community.

Most people have no idea how much firefighter families mean to the fire dept and how important they are. Behind every great firefighter and fire dept big and small, career or volunteer, there are relatives who love and care and support and sacrifice for them every single day.

Fire Chief and Granddaughter Engine 46-1
Fire Chief and Granddaughter Engine 46-1

Firefighter Heritage Generation To Generation

For a lot of firefighter families it's a tradition to fight fires passed down from grandfathers to their sons and for this generation to grandsons and granddaughters. It's not unusual to join a fire dept and realize that a lot of the members are brothers, father and son and cousins. It's a proud family tradition to say "My grandfather was Chief back in the day...." and an even prouder heritage for firefighters to share their stories of coming down to the firehouse, playing on the fire trucks and wearing their Dad's bunker gear when they were growing up.

That fire dept pride grows even bigger when those firefighters who grew up in the firehouse and now serve their communities start families of their own and bring their kids down to sit on the fire engine's bumper, help clean the fire station and run around the station with the other firefighter kids.

It's a beautiful thing to see the pride and heritage these families share and pass down.

Firefighters Wife Fire Dept Logo
Firefighters Wife Fire Dept Logo

Firefighter Wives Fire Dept Logo

Firefighter wives deserve their own fire dept maltese cross. They are the strength behind the strong firemen. They are the planners behind the events and celebrations that have to be postponed, changed and moved because their husbands are responding to a fire. They are the cooks that keep dinner warm when a call interrupts yet another family meal. They are the babysitters that wake up at night to comfort their crying child because their spouse isn't there to help because he is putting out a stucture fire in the middle of the night.

A firefighter's wife wakes up from a deep sleep at night when their husbands fire dept pager goes off shattering the quiet with an emergency, a car crash, a false alarm. They are left at home to try to go back to sleep, try and not worry about what dangers their fireman is facing while everyone else is sleeping in the dark of the night.

Firefighter Family Members

Firefighter Family Photo
Firefighter Family Photo

Firefighter Families At Home

Every firefighter family has at least one tribute to their emergency services world in every room of their house. Enjoy the pride and tradition of home style pride.

Fire Company Photographer - Cindy Rashkin

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Fire photographer Cindy Rashkin grew up in the firehouse since the age of 10. Both of her parents were firefighters and she found plenty to do at the station with other firefighter kids and junior members at the time. When she was about 16 she stoppeCindy never misses an opportunity to get into the action. She has attended every Live Burn training at the fire academies when we go, she has shown up during Nor'easters, blizzards, rain, heat and wind to show her support of her fire dept and to captThis fire photographer has her own gear, helmet, bunker pants jacket and boots because she is right in there. She has been asked to come inside structures after the fire is out to do photos for fire investigation evidence. Police have asked her to geNo fire or motor vehicle accident scene is complete without our EMS friends from East Windsor Rescue Squads and Cindy loves to capture the action for them as well and shares her photos with them as well. She has always had strong ethics about not phoCindy is well known and recognized by our neighboring mutual aid Fire Depts, EMS and police officers. She is welcomed into their towns during any emergency, neighborhood special event and fire scene, at times escorted by the police into the scene. InEven as a teenager Cindy was out there with us at Fire Prevention and Community Events lending a hand, her smile and lots of enthusiasm. Cindy is pictured here with her cousin Elena on the handline.Cindy's been known to climb on top of cars, climb into the hose beds of attack engines and even climb Hightstown's (station 41) 135 ft ladder to get the photo she is looking for. All with permission of course, she works great with the Fire Officers, Cindy's been known to climb on top of cars, climb into the hose beds of attack engines and even climb Hightstown's (station 41) 135 ft ladder to get the photo she is looking for. All with permission of course, she works great with the Fire Officers,
Fire photographer Cindy Rashkin grew up in the firehouse since the age of 10. Both of her parents were firefighters and she found plenty to do at the station with other firefighter kids and junior members at the time. When she was about 16 she stoppe
Fire photographer Cindy Rashkin grew up in the firehouse since the age of 10. Both of her parents were firefighters and she found plenty to do at the station with other firefighter kids and junior members at the time. When she was about 16 she stoppe
Cindy never misses an opportunity to get into the action. She has attended every Live Burn training at the fire academies when we go, she has shown up during Nor'easters, blizzards, rain, heat and wind to show her support of her fire dept and to capt
Cindy never misses an opportunity to get into the action. She has attended every Live Burn training at the fire academies when we go, she has shown up during Nor'easters, blizzards, rain, heat and wind to show her support of her fire dept and to capt
This fire photographer has her own gear, helmet, bunker pants jacket and boots because she is right in there. She has been asked to come inside structures after the fire is out to do photos for fire investigation evidence. Police have asked her to ge
This fire photographer has her own gear, helmet, bunker pants jacket and boots because she is right in there. She has been asked to come inside structures after the fire is out to do photos for fire investigation evidence. Police have asked her to ge
No fire or motor vehicle accident scene is complete without our EMS friends from East Windsor Rescue Squads and Cindy loves to capture the action for them as well and shares her photos with them as well. She has always had strong ethics about not pho
No fire or motor vehicle accident scene is complete without our EMS friends from East Windsor Rescue Squads and Cindy loves to capture the action for them as well and shares her photos with them as well. She has always had strong ethics about not pho
Cindy is well known and recognized by our neighboring mutual aid Fire Depts, EMS and police officers. She is welcomed into their towns during any emergency, neighborhood special event and fire scene, at times escorted by the police into the scene. In
Cindy is well known and recognized by our neighboring mutual aid Fire Depts, EMS and police officers. She is welcomed into their towns during any emergency, neighborhood special event and fire scene, at times escorted by the police into the scene. In
Even as a teenager Cindy was out there with us at Fire Prevention and Community Events lending a hand, her smile and lots of enthusiasm. Cindy is pictured here with her cousin Elena on the handline.
Even as a teenager Cindy was out there with us at Fire Prevention and Community Events lending a hand, her smile and lots of enthusiasm. Cindy is pictured here with her cousin Elena on the handline.
Cindy's been known to climb on top of cars, climb into the hose beds of attack engines and even climb Hightstown's (station 41) 135 ft ladder to get the photo she is looking for. All with permission of course, she works great with the Fire Officers,
Cindy's been known to climb on top of cars, climb into the hose beds of attack engines and even climb Hightstown's (station 41) 135 ft ladder to get the photo she is looking for. All with permission of course, she works great with the Fire Officers,
Cindy's been known to climb on top of cars, climb into the hose beds of attack engines and even climb Hightstown's (station 41) 135 ft ladder to get the photo she is looking for. All with permission of course, she works great with the Fire Officers,
Cindy's been known to climb on top of cars, climb into the hose beds of attack engines and even climb Hightstown's (station 41) 135 ft ladder to get the photo she is looking for. All with permission of course, she works great with the Fire Officers,

A firefighter's family is part of the team. That's what firefighting is really all about. Teamwork. The Buddy System. 2 In, 2 Out. No one firefighter puts out a fire. No firefighter leaves their buddy.

Our firefighting families are part of our team too. A firefighter's wife, daughter, son, brother, parents and relatives share their time. Share their stories. Share their family brotherhood in good times and bad. From the beginning to the end.

Firefighter Families Sharing Pride

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Celebrating 18 years of being part of the Firefighter FamilyCat size news photos of his firefighter dad
Celebrating 18 years of being part of the Firefighter Family
Celebrating 18 years of being part of the Firefighter Family
Cat size news photos of his firefighter dad
Cat size news photos of his firefighter dad
Firefighter's Girlfriend Tattoo
Firefighter's Girlfriend Tattoo

A Firefighter's Girlfriend

A proud firefighter's girlfriend may be planning some Saturday night date time with their favorite fireman, dreaming of a romantic dinner for two, dancing the night away into the wee hours of the morning and some very cozy alone time.

But surprise! Your firefighter boyfriend may be heading out the door with no warning at all except a tone from his pager, a quick kiss goodbye (if its not a structure fire because if it is, forget the kiss too!) and you are left alone for next hour, or two or maybe the whole rest of the night. Many a girlfriend has hitched a ride home from the couple they were double dating with, in fact many a girlfriend has gone home with the other girlfriend or wife they were out with because both guys were firefighters. I have even seen plenty of girlfriends left in the car at the fire station while their boyfriends donned their bunker gear, hopped on the fire truck and were off to brave the next fire.


Spoontiques Firefighter Stepping Stone
Spoontiques Firefighter Stepping Stone

Firefighter Stepping Stone for every generation

 

You can be sure dating a fireman is always an adventure and one that he is grateful you share with him. When you love a firefighter you also have to love his passion for fighting fires, serving the community and helping out his brother firefighters. Well, OK, you don't have to love it but in order for your relationship to really work out, you sure will have to respect it and have a lot of patience. There's an up side to all the times he does respond though. You get to share his pride, you may even get to see him at work if the fire is nearby and you get share milestones like graduation from the fire academy if he hasn't graduated yet, promotions in rank and who knows, you may even get to see him in newspapers or on tv.

Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family
Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family

Having served over thirty years in fire departments across three states, Gary R. Ryman brings a unique perspective to the firefighting experience. The son and father of firefighters, Ryman ignites the fire, smoke, blood and fear spanning three generations of the "family business."

 

Firefighter Rookie Kids

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Every firefighter knows you have to break the rookies in early and our families are always ready to grab a handline, gear up and go team, go! Picture of Fire Chief Barry Rashkin and his granddaughter "manning" the attack handline.Firefighter rookie kids the next generation
Every firefighter knows you have to break the rookies in early and our families are always ready to grab a handline, gear up and go team, go! Picture of Fire Chief Barry Rashkin and his granddaughter "manning" the attack handline.
Every firefighter knows you have to break the rookies in early and our families are always ready to grab a handline, gear up and go team, go! Picture of Fire Chief Barry Rashkin and his granddaughter "manning" the attack handline.
Firefighter rookie kids the next generation
Firefighter rookie kids the next generation

Firefighter Family Books

If you love a firefighter then you know it takes a lot of love, a fire truckload of patience and a blazing amount of time to be the family of someone in the Fire Service. No one knows this better than veteran firefighter family members who have written some great book and share advice, experience and great ways to cope with the fire dept family life.

Fire from a Cloudless Sky: NYC Firefighters and their Families Coping with the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11th 2001
Fire from a Cloudless Sky: NYC Firefighters and their Families Coping with the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11th 2001

Disaster effects on emergency responders and their families have received little attention in the media or the scientific literature to date. Nonetheless family members of firefighters, police and military members, to name but a few, may experience significant distress related to the effects of trauma on their loved ones.

 
Firefighters Girlfriend Tattoo
Firefighters Girlfriend Tattoo

I Love A Firefighter

Whether you are a proud firefighter's wife, girlfriend, son, daughter, mother or father it's always with pride family members, husbands and boyfriends and even close friends announce that they love a firefighter. That means so much. It shows pride in the firefighting job, support for the person they love in good times and bad and really makes every firefighter proud of their brother firefighter too.

Firefighter Family At Home

Throughout a firefighter family home there are symbols of dedication, love and support.

Firefighters Wife Inferno Maltese Cross Decal with Axes - 6" h - REFLECTIVE
Firefighters Wife Inferno Maltese Cross Decal with Axes - 6" h - REFLECTIVE

EMS, Police, Firefighter decals. Reflective graphics for your helmet, vehicle, equipment or your trucks.

 
Firefighter's Wife Charm with Chain
Firefighter's Wife Charm with Chain

Fire Dept Scramble Maltese Cross Logo For A Firefighter's Wife

 
Christopher Radko Glass The Bravest Firefighter Christmas Ornament #1015578
Christopher Radko Glass The Bravest Firefighter Christmas Ornament #1015578

Hand blown glass christmas ornament for the firefighter family holiday tree features a patriotic United States flag with a fireman's hat,helmet, fire hydrant and hose

 

Cool Gift Ideas For Firefighter Families

Some great gift ideas for firefighter families because we know how important it is for the family to share the pride.

Holidays, birthdays, graduation from the fire academy and even retirement, are great occasions to celebrate firefighting family pride with ornaments, home décor and personalized plaques, posters and jewelry.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Great lens, and a great subject. The photos are beautiful, and I love the design of the gifts.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Family is so important and it looks like these fire fighters get lots of support from their families.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to our brave firefighters and their families! Very much enjoyed the photos.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      awesome firefighter gift lens love it!

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      Bonfire Designs 6 years ago

      @gold3: Thanks so much Gold3! We both know there is no such as ex police/fire anything, once we are part of the world, we are forever!

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      gold3 6 years ago

      Great lens...from an ex police/fire dispatcher!

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      Bonfire Designs 6 years ago

      SO MUCH MORE TO COME!! Please stop back often as we add lots more about firefighter families and their adventures!

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