#926 Volunteer firefighters

If you have ever lived in a rural area or a town far from metropolitan centres, you know everyone must rely on volunteer firefighters, those brave men and women of varying ages.

Volunteer firefighters fight a blaze in PEI (Atlantic Canada)

Volunteer firefighters fight a blaze in PEI (Atlantic Canada)

Even if you’re a city mouse, you should be thankful for the volunteer firefighters who: douse out-of-control campfires and yard fires; battle barn and brush fires that threaten crops and feed animals; put out forests fires that ravage the trees responsible for cleaning our air; and rescue people, pets and treasured belongings from house and vehicle fires.

Volunteer firefighters risk life and limb to save others’ lives. While the volunteers may not have the same modern equipment as full-time, professional firefighters, these women and men are dedicated, well trained and always ready to respond to a call.

These individuals also serve as first responders in situations other than fires, work out to stay fit enough for the role, wear heavy and warm gear, give generously of their time, lead community fundraisers, marshal parades, help with disaster relief efforts, raise awareness about fire prevention, and participate in local fairs.

If you spot a volunteer fire crew heading out to a fire scene, do yield the right of way, and if you ever meet volunteer firefighters, be sure to thank them for being


Prince Edward Island’s East River Fire Dept.

Volunteer firefighter Stephen Piggott shows his young friend Cayle the ropes, or rather hoses, at Prince Edward Island’s East River Fire Dept. open house.


8 thoughts on “#926 Volunteer firefighters

  1. Glad to see posts coming back online at awesomefriends.org. If I had known, I would have submitted a new post on the fifth. Happy my post above surfaced. Thanks.

  2. Great post!
    We live in an area where forest fires have evacuated thousands of people and devastated communities. It can be quite unnerving in the summer time.
    One, in particular, my daughter and husband had just been married. Moved into their new home, next door to ours; equally, a labour of long hours and love. Our other daughter and a friend had just moved from another province and literally just unloaded the last box of belongings into our carriage house when we smelled smoke and saw trees starting to candle, in the yard about 300′ across the road. It was the end of a tinder dry summer and someone decided to light a back yard fire against regulations. The winds were fierce and heading our way…all we could was prepare to flee, QUICKLY!
    Then, what to our forlorn eyes should appear, but 9 fire trucks, umteen firefighters, fully prepared…all volunteer! With axes and shovels, retardent and water, they had that fire out in minutes, fact of the matter!!
    Yes, bless them volunteer fire fighters…ALL first responders for sure! Who brave such circumtances for everyone else to be safer!!!
    Holla to you all~ You are AWESOME!

    • Wow, what a close call, Wendy. Your note is both a testament to the importance of volunteer firefighters AND a sober reminder to all of us to heed local restrictions on backyard fires during dry spells.

  3. My hubby is a volunteer fireman. Whenever his pager goes off, he’s usually out the door no matter what we are doing. A couple of times when me and him have been out for date night, we’ve cut it short, left the restaurant (paid of course) and I’d get to either sit in our car and watch him do his stuff or drop him off at the fire station. Last time, I dropped him off and took this time to visit my old neighbor.
    I love that he loves to help other people. I love that he’s ready and willing to go and put himself in danger to save a stranger.
    Washing his clothes after a house fire though… not so much fun. I usually have to wash it twice to get the smoke smell out of them.

    • Wowie! Give your husband a MASSIVE HIGH-FIVE and some Napisan Laundry Liquid from me! ;P Not to mention a big ol’ hug to you from me, because behind every great man is a great woman! xo

    • You understand all too well the dedication and sacrifices that volunteer firefighters (and their families) make to help out everyone else in the community. On behalf of the rest of us, thank you to you, your husband, his fellow firefighters and their family crews.

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