Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Short Tribute to Firefighters

It’s been a rough fire season for firefighters. The public is being reminded that volunteers are always needed and welcomed. There just weren’t enough trained professionals to go around this year. Thanks to everyone who saved lives and property this year, even when they had to sacrifice their own life and belongings to achieve it for others.

Looking at some of the older pictures of firefighters in Wikimedia Commons reminds me that there are always community-spirited people to pick up the challenge and protect property and lives. I also got a kick out of seeing the kids who got into this picture, taken of firefighters in Carson City, Nevada around 1860. I wanted to be a fireman when I was a kid, although women weren’t eligible yet. 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fights a wildfire in Oregon in 2013.

Protective clothing prevents burns from sparks as water is laid down to abolish the chance of flare-ups.

The US Navy dispatched firefighters to a brush fire near Chania International Airport in Crete, Greece (2008). This man makes it looks so easy to handle the hose and nozzle. I’ve seen those wicked pieces of equipment turn into wild snakes spraying water over everyone and everything if someone other than a professional decides to try it out.

Photo by El Panters


There are monuments to firefighters around the world. This tribute is to firemen who lost their lives in the mountains near Grazalema, Spain.

Douglas Green took this shot of a Gainesville (Florida) City Fire Truck in 2005. 

During rainy or snowy days when the kids can’t get outside to play, open up Wikimedia Commons and let them scroll through the thousands of pictures of fire trucks, It’ll keep them entertained and either satisfy or inspire their inner firefighter.


  1. My husband was a firefighter in the Air Force until he retired last year. Knowing the training he went through, as well as the real life situations - I have mad respect.

  2. I think it is great that you have showcased firefighters in this post. They work so hard and put their lives on the line daily. I have nothing but respect.

  3. Great article, great group to write about. That is why I was so happy to hear that little kids get inspired from animated movies like "Planes," they get inspired to go into tough yet helpful fields like this!

  4. It'll always nice to pay a tribute to those who help us when we need it the most. Firefighters are such brave people who risk their lives daily.

  5. Being a fireman is an admirable childhood dream. It would be such a tough job though, hats off to all who do it.

  6. A fireman saved me when I was younger in and our building dealt with apartment building fire that spread quickly, I definitely have nothing but total respect for Firefighters!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  7. This is such a great post. I have so much respect for firefighters. They put their lives on the line on a daily basis to help other. Catherine S

  8. This is such a great post. I have so much respect for firefighters. They put their lives on the line on a daily basis to help other. Catherine S

  9. I have never heard of that website but I'm checking it out tomorrow with my fire truck loving kiddos! What a beautiful tribute too!

  10. I will always be so grateful to our fire department. Amazing men saved our house and several neighbors a couple years ago while fighting a grass fire.