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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Every Monday Matters - Thank a Firefighter!


There are over 1,149,000 firefighters.

72% of firefighters are volunteers with 70% or more of fire departments 100% by volunteers.

More than 118 firefighters die in the line of duty each year.

1.6 million or more fires are reported annually.

Fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined, with over 4,000 deaths annually.

The U.S. has one of the highest rates of death due to fire in the industrialized world.

When you see firefighters in uniform, walk up and thank them for keeping you and your community safe.

Get out of the way: pull your car to the right when you hear a siren or see a fire truck with its lights on.

Organize your friends, co-workers, neighborhood, or child’s class to create and deliver thank-you cards to your local fire station.

Become a Jr. Fire Marshall (for kids).

Develop a fire escape plan for your home.

Donate to firefighter benefits and causes.

Minimize your risk of fires — install smoke detectors, keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, don’t overload power plugs, clear brush from around your house, and don’t flick your cigarette butts.

Every day firefighters put their lives on the line to save people and property. Many of these firefighters are volunteers, so let’s “pay” them by showing our appreciation, thanking them for the valuable service they provide, and letting them know that we are very aware of the significant positive impact they have on our communities. Firefighters, whether paid or not, make an incredible difference in our lives—so let’s make a difference in theirs.

Get Out Safely: A factsheet on fire escape planning
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Smoke Detectors: Reviews
U.S. Fire Administration for Kids

These people are true heroes!  Especially for both myself and my sons... from personal experiences! :-)
I have always lived in rural areas where our firefighters are always Volunteers & have had several calls over the years for both small fires on the farms I've lived on. I've also had volunteer rescuers save my youngest son's life Twice! The first time when I went into pre-mature labor 10 weeks early! The second time when my son was 3 years old and accidentally fell in our back yard. A freak accident in which my son's tooth went threw his face. He may have bleed to death if it weren't for the volunteer squad. I had never seen so much blood before and we lived almost an hour from the hospital! I still know and Value all those volunteers back home!!
:-) ~ Coreen
What is the Every Monday Matters program?

Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.
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  1. For sure these are incredibly brave men and women. They are our REAL heroes, it takes a special person to run into danger when everyone else is running away from it.

  2. So true, these wonderful men (and women) risk their lives to save lives of others, complete strangers.
    You have such a big heart...

  3. Kudos to all of our firemen and women!! They are truly heroes for sure!!

  4. What a wonderful post, firefighters certainly put their lives on the edge for us. I thank each and every one.


  5. Here all our firefighters are volunteer. Hubby has been a fire fighter for over twenty years and is still sometimes called to assist.

    It takes a special person to put their life on the line for a stranger.

    Thank you, firefighters, every where!

  6. Come to think about it, I don't know any firefighter.

    Thanks to all firefighters.

  7. my grandfather was a fire fighter...when he passed they gave us the full parade treatment at the funeral...they carry a special place in my heart...

  8. My son in law is a fireman! And so is my 4 year old he says! I am so thankful for everything our firefighters do! Whenever my son in law works on Thanksgiving or Christmas, we have his whole shift over to eat with us.

  9. Some of those are really sad statistics!

  10. I didn't know about smoke detectors until now. Thanks Coreen! Have a good week!

  11. three cheers for the life savers xxx

  12. I think firefighters are the biggest heros out there. I tell my Boys that all the time. THey chose and amazing career with such heart and soul. Thank GOD for them.


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