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Fire News in Focus
by Adam K. Thiel

Firefighters' generosity is never out of season

Easing families' burdens during the holiday season is just one example of how firefighters aid their communities

By Adam K. Thiel

Almost by definition, firefighters are generous people who have devoted their lives to serving others.

As this story from California demonstrates, many firefighters' generosity extends beyond providing fire and emergency services to developing, and participating in, charitable endeavors throughout the year.

The generous nature of our brother and sister firefighters is especially conspicuous during the holiday season as fire departments, local unions, and other fire service organizations donate coats, toys, books, food, bikes, clothing, and other items to children and families who have fallen on hard times. The need for this type of generosity is particularly evident this year, while so many people are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession.

I'm always proud to be part of the fire and emergency services, but especially when I see our colleagues stepping up to help their communities in what some might consider "unexpected" ways. But we know better, because we know firefighters.

The needs are many, and so are the opportunities to help others.

Stay safe and happy holidays!

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel FireRescue1's editorial advisor is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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