8 great holiday videos from fire agencies in 2020

Firefighters put on dazzling light shows, host storytime, spread safety messages and save Christmas in these eight fantastic videos that spread holiday cheer

Firefighters are showing off their holiday spirit this month, setting up their Christmas trees, participating in station-decorating contests and connecting with their communities through social media in a time when many in-person festivities have been put on hold.

From timely safety messages and entertaining light shows, to sleigh rides and shenanigans with Santa Claus, firefighters made the most out of this holiday season in these eight great holiday videos from 2020.

1. Crook County (Ore.) Fire and Rescue - Holiday Light Show

Apparatus light shows are a fire station staple during the holiday season, and Crook County Fire and Rescue continued the tradition with this display timed to a violin rendition of the classic "Carol Of The Bells," performed by Lindsey Stirling. 

2. Quincy (Ill.) Fire Department - Christmas Storytime in American Sign Language

Virtual storytimes with firefighters were a hit in 2020, as fire departments sought to engage with kids in their communities despite school visits and field trips to fire stations being sidelined. The Quincy Fire Department continued its inclusive storytime series into December with Christmas-themed tales accompanied by American Sign Language interpretation.


Here is tonight's sing-language version of our bedtime story, "Duck & Goose - It's Time for Christmas!" Tonight's story is interpreted by Paige Bichsel, daughter of Captain Chris Bichsel.

Posted by Quincy Fire Department on Friday, December 11, 2020

3. Sacramento (Calif.) Fire Department - Christmas Tree Safety

Demonstrations of turkey fryer disasters are popular in the lead-up to Thanksgiving and are quickly followed up by Christmas tree fire demos as a new hazard makes its way into Americans' homes. The Sacramento Fire Department showed how quickly a Christmas tree can become engulfed and offered key tips to avoid catastrophe. 


A safe holiday season means properly choosing, caring for and disposing of Christmas trees. We want Sacramento residents to stay safe while enjoying this holiday season. Please remember the following: - Keep tree away from heat sources - Turn lights off at night and when you are not at home - Practice a safety plan in case of a fire - Make sure your smoke detectors are working

Posted by Sacramento Fire Department on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

4. Spokane Valley (Wash.) Fire Department  - Fake Tree Fire Hazards

The Spokane Valley Fire Department put on a tree burning demonstration of its own with an important takeaway - fake trees can catch fire too. While you don't need to water a synthetic tree to keep it from drying out, it's still essential to keep artificial foliage away from open flames and heat sources, and mind the usual electrical safety measures, no matter what type of tree you opt for. 

5. FDNY - Holiday Safety with "Hot Dog" and "Siren"

The FDNY's fire safety mascots made an appearance in this short video offering important advice for handling Hanukkah menorahs, Christmas candles and trees, as well as ensuring that smoke detectors are in working order for every occasion. 

Happy Holidays from the FDNY!

Happy Holidays from the FDNY! Hot Dog and Siren, the official FDNY fire and life safety mascots, want to ensure you have a safe holiday season. Kids and adults of all ages are invited to follow along. Visit fdnysmart.org/connect for more #FDNYSmart tips.

Posted by New York City Fire Department (FDNY) on Monday, December 14, 2020

6. Hyde Park (N.Y.) Fire Department - Celebration of Lights

The Hyde Park Fire Department put on a special light show mixing apparatus lights with traditional Christmas lights for a dazzling display set to a compilation of songs. The video also features some dynamic camera work for a top-notch holiday production. 

Hyde Park Fire Department 2020 Merry and Bright Celebration of Lights

Christmas and Holiday Celebration of Lights.

Posted by Hyde Park Fire Department on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

7. City of Davis (Calif.) Fire Department - Santa's New Sleigh

The City of Davis Fire Department gave Santa Claus a gift of his own - a new ride to show around town, affixed to the top of a fire engine. The reindeers took a break as firefighters helped Santa spread holiday cheer throughout the community. 

Here Comes Santa Claus

Santa asked for help spreading a little holiday cheer in Davis last week so your Davis Firefighters built him a special sleigh on their fire engine and helped Santa spread some holiday cheer. #daviscommunity #santa #davisfirefighters #holidayseason

Posted by City of Davis Fire Department on Friday, December 11, 2020

8. Fort Madison (Iowa) Fire Department - Firefighters Save Christmas

Old Saint Nick also made a stop in Fort Madison, Iowa, but things went awry when he collapsed at a local movie theater. Fortunately, Fort Madison firefighters rushed to his aid, administering "50 CCs of eggnog" and using a defibrillator to get Father Christmas back on his feet and ready to deliver gifts. A true Christmas miracle!

Editor's note: Do you have a great holiday video from your agency you'd like to share? Feel free to send your festive photos and videos to editor@firerescue1.com, and have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season and New Year!

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