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Firefighters Helping Firefighters

The International Fire Relief Mission is a nonprofit organization that collects donated fire and EMS equipment and delivers it to needy firefighters around the world. Rick Markley, who volunteers his time to IFRM, went with the group on its 2010 trip to Republic of Georgia. This series of blogs is about that effort.

Jackson Fire Lt. Solomon Forbes’ apartment was destroyed in the blaze, but he was able to safely evacuate his family and neighbors
A second alarm response was requested to help save Kingston Fire Chief Graham Pellerin’s home
The Thomson-McDuffie County Fire and EMS members were getting lunch after an EMS class when one of them slumped over in his seat
A fundraiser for Vista Firefighter-Paramedic Andy Valenta, 33, who was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, raised more than $80,000 in 3 days
Greene Township Fire & EMS officials said Firefighter-Paramedic Mike Weissmann’s death came as a shock, as he’d been improving after the kidney donation from Lt. Jeff Williams
The owner of Second Alarm Brewhouse in Pasadena, Md., Duane McKee, has been a volunteer firefighter himself for more than 20 years
The IAFF has organized a “Go-Team” to provide relief to members affected by the Category 4 hurricane
Monroe Township Fire Department Capt. Joseph Liedel, a nearly 30-year veteran of the department, died nearly one month after collapsing in his driveway
Parishville Firefighter-EMT Nicholas Jerome spent two weeks in the hospital following the on-duty crash
Lisbon Firefighter Justin Sayre surprised his girlfriend with help from another local fire department and a smoke machine
Former Woodstock Firefighter-Paramedic Ryan Mains, an Iraq war veteran, sought to support others while facing his own struggle with PTSD
Hillsborough County Fire Inspector Sharri Dufresne “didn’t think twice” before making the donation to her colleague Capt. Jeff Hewett
The collaborative will track PPE use and identify shortages to ensure each department gets the supplies it needs
Former Canton Firefighter-Paramedic Rosario Carcione donated 30 48-ounce bottles of sanitizer to the department where he used to work
The county has formed an 18-department regional incident management team to better coordinate service during the pandemic
Develop a plan for recalling retired members and asking for community volunteers
Firefighter Matthew Bym proposed to Paramedic Makayla Swaim with some help from fellow firefighters
Emilee Derrer, whose father is a fire captain and whose mother is an EMT, received a ‘Pink Heals’ surprise celebration at her home
Several fire departments have donated gear and equipment after the department lost almost everything in the fire
Lake County Fire Rescue EMS Chief Dan Miller is in critical condition after experiencing cardiac arrest
Fire Grounds Coffee donates a bag of coffee to first responders for every five bags sold, just one of several ways the company gives back to the community
Florida firefighters are making an estimated 1,300 meals to feed more than 500 people a day
Texas first responders are signing and passing a pair of Texas flags around the state to show support for their fellow first responders after the El Paso Shooting
Phoenix Fire Department members gathered to see Emery Beck off to her first day of kindergarten
Tucson Fire Department Capt. Glenn Fleck detailed in a video, taped before his death, his struggles with cancer caused by the use of tobacco
The Hurt and Fall Foundation is a nonprofit organization geared towards helping first responders care and maintain their property after suffering injury or death
The head of the local fire union organized an online fundraiser to support their friend and worker