Unsung Heroes: Firefighters
Never have firefighters and support personnel been more tested. The recent string of natural disasters including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the raging wildfires in California, and the catastrophic series of earthquakes hitting Mexico touched millions of lives. Everyone was a hero donned in their protective gear.
But their mission didn’t end there. The weeks and months of cleanup have begun. Their work is just as dangerous now as it was when the fires were burning. More than ever, these brave men and women need our support to get the job done. That means raising awareness and providing the resources they need for continued training and protection.
Departments can reinforce the importance of fire prevention in several ways, such as:
- Share success stories on social media and with local newspapers
- Give presentations at schools, libraries, and organizations about fire safety
- Recognize the actions of team members who go beyond the call of duty
- Take part in programs like the Safety Stand Down initiative with its mission to reduce injuries and deaths of firefighters and EMS staff
The deeds of firefighters, volunteers, and all the incredible supporters hasn’t gone unnoticed. That is the purpose of International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) on May 4th. On this day, the global community honors the men and women who work to keep people, property, and lands safe.
Individuals and businesses can show support for the firefighters and efforts of IFFD in several ways including:
- Pause for a moment of silence at noon as part of the worldwide Sound Off in remembrance
- Contact your state legislators to recognize this special day
- Create awareness by wearing the official red and blue ribbon of the IFFD
In the United States, Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The foundation sponsors the Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October. It pays tribute to the courageous men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. It also provides ongoing emotional support for the families and coworkers.
You can add your voice to the efforts of the NFFF to educate people about fire prevention. The foundation also provides training for firefighters to reduce injuries and deaths through its Everyone Goes Home® program. Ways you can help include:
- Buy a Walk of Honor brick
- Encourage your employer to become a sponsor
- Show your support for firefighters and their survivors by wearing NFFF gear
- Contact your city council to host a fundraising event
Firefighters can take charge of their safety and that of their coworkers too. Mother Nature doesn’t play favorites with natural disasters. Some things you can do include:
- Sign up for more health and safety training
- Follow best practices at home with a home escape plan
- Encourage your department to join community events like Fun Day competitions
There are so many ways on several levels to recognize and support our firefighters in their 365/24/7 commitment to safety. Contact Prudential Overall Supply at (800) 767-5536 today to learn more about our line of gear and supplies to protect your staff. Let’s all stay safe out there.