Most of us, as we grew up, set goals for ourselves, i.e. college, job, family, etc. However, as again, most of us are aware, Life often takes us down different pathways than those we had wanted and anticipated. On our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force," you have heard me state that I had had no plans to be a firefighter; none whatsoever; I was going to be a rabbi! That all changed in the years 1974-77, when Life sent me on a different path to North Carolina. It was there that I joined my first volunteer department and that, changed my life forever, for the better! I have a hunch that if you are reading this entry, you may have had Life change a path for you, as well.
As some of you may know, I have had to cut back on my schedule a bit, due to some medical issues that have arisen. Nevertheless, I will use every moment I can be in this office to carry out the task that 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. was setup to do, namely to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need. As you are probably aware, we lost both a Brother firefighter this week in Spring Valley NY, as well as a Brother-in-Blue in Boulder CO. We are now researching how we can reach out to help those families.
To do so, we still need your help. We just posted on Twitter that we have sold our last, three T-shirts, so it's time to add some new "swag" to our store. What would you like to see us carry, more short-sleeve T-shirts, long-sleeve T-shirts, ball caps, hoodies, etc? You can let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your choice on Twitter to @5AlarmTaskForce #FATFSwag.
And remember, if you would like to make a donation to help us in our Life's Goal, we have made it much easier for you to do so. You will find the DONATE tab on our main menu, across the top. It will take you to our main donation page and just click on the photo of the "Q" siren! When you do, a new form will pop-up. There you can make a single donation or, you can choose to help us every month. We are not asking for any set amount. We always want you to be comfortable with whatever donation you are willing to make. And now, you have the choice of using a credit or debit card, as well as a checking/savings account or an electronic ACH transfer. Your information is automatically encrypted for your safety and security by our friends at EFT Transfer. And every penny will help us in our goal.
For those of you who will be celebrating Passover or Easter, we wish you a sweet and joyous holiday.
Stay Safe and Stay Well!
OK, I really did not plan for a "rhyme" above, sp please forgive me ;-)
Just wanted to let you know that you no longer have to search the site (if you're not familiar with it) to donate to help us at 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. We have added a DONATE tab to the main menu that lies across the top of the website. Just click on that word and you'll be immediately brought to our main donation page. When you select the photo of the Silver Siren, a new browser tab or browser window (depending on your system) with our new Donation Form. It (as well as our entire website now) is safely encrypted to protect all of your information, i.e. name, address, credit card/account info, etc. So you can be sure that making a donation to 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., is safe!
Many of you have heard of the tragic loss of another brave firefighter, Jared Lloyd (along with our brave, Brother in Blue, Officer Talley of the Boulder Police Department) tragically lost their lives this week, trying to save others. We are all First Responders, thus a large family and the loss of one from any of our branches, Fire, Police & EMS, is painful for all. Both left a spouse and children.
Your donation, no matter its size, will help us help our "family."
Thank you and God bless.
Today, marks a new milestone for 5-Alarm task Force Corp. As of today, March 18, 2021, we welcome our new partners, EFT Transfer Services, to process our general donations. Those new live donations points can be found on our Home Page, the Podcast Page and the Scroll of Honor Page, accessible through the OUR PURPOSE tab on the Main Menu. And you will note that we use a favorite "symbol" of the Fire Service, for you to "click" on!
When you select the "Q2B" photo, a new donation online donation form will pop-up in either a new tab or browser page, based on your personal configuration. You will see our logo and our message. And, better yet, you can now donate using a bank account through the ACH resource from EFT Transfer.
Now, when you shop in our store, we are still using PayPal for your shopping cart. So, pick up a new t-shirt and soon, we'll have some other items there as well.
With nearly twenty years working in and leading nonprofits, we must make our visitors feel welcome, so that you understand our singular mission - helping firefighters in dire need (and we hope to raise enough to assist other first responders , as well!)
Thank you for your support!
So, here we are. We're firefighters. Some of us are career, some of us a volunteer, part-pay, paid-on-call and/or wildland. No matter which, when we respond to a fire call, we don all our PPE, turnout gear, boots, hood, gloves, etc. Right? Right!
As many of us already know, this gear that is meant to protect us, may be making us sick or even killing us, due to the industry-wide use of PFOS/PFOA used in the waterproofing of the middle layer of our gear.
With that in mind, I recommend you read the article in the link below, from the "Law & Crime" website.
With sincere appreciation to our friends Diane & Paul Cotter, We have another important video regarding the Firefighter Cancer Initiative. While in some ways, we see many positive strides, we often find surprises, including information that was implicitly hidden, regarding cancer dangers to the fire service.
We hope you will check out the link below to watch this video clip from "Brian Ross Investigates," from the "Law & Crime Channel."
Founder & President of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. and Creator & Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.