Soldier|Firefighter

Welcome to Soldier|Firefighter. This site is dedicated to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who serve our nation in protecting our freedom every day.

The goal of this effort is to create and strengthen the connection between those who serve in the military and those who serve in the fire service as a means of bolstering both their ranks, their morale and their respect for each other’s work. We have plenty in common.

Whichever challenge you choose: Serve Your Country. Serve Your Community.

 

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Welcome Home Soldier|Firefighters!

Welcome home Eagle-Matt Lee Firefighter/US Army PFC Calvin James Bauer after his completion of Army Basic Training which he started in July 2013.

Welcome home Eagle-Matt Lee Firefighter/US Army PFC Calvin James Bauer after his completion of Army Basic Training which he started in July 2013.

Two recent fire department Facebook posts prompted this share:

Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Co. #1 is very excited to welcome home Eagle-Matt Lee Firefighter/US Army PFC Calvin James Bauer after his completion of Army Basic Training which he started in July 2013.

Welcome Home Calvin!”

I love how PFC Bauer is sporting the Soldier|Firefighter look with his turnout coat and fatigues.

And from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

Rockville VFD-SoldierFF JFK“The Officers & Members of the RVFD wish the best of luck to Fireman John F. Kennedy. Today John, along with the other men of the 1st Battalion 7th Marines, head to Helmand, Afghanistan. We are confident that John will serve our country and the people of Afghanistan proudly, just as he has done for the citizens of Rockville, MD. Stay safe Brother John, your RVFD family will be waiting patiently for your return home to the Co. 3 Bunkroom!”
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Recognizing Some Early SoldierFirefighters

Pearl Harbor FirefightersThe following is an excerpt from the not-so “Secret List” shared by my good friend Chief Billy Goldfeder on his popular firefighter wake-up-call web site: FirefighterCloseCalls.com:

For the younger readers of The Secret List today, “Pearl Harbor Day” — we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, which was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941.

A total of 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded in the Line of Duty. We remember them all from “The Greatest Generation” who served along with all those who continue to serve today including the Honolulu FD and Federal FD Firefighters.

PURPLE HEARTS: REMEMBERING THE FIREFIGHTERS KILLED & INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT PEARL HARBOR: As the Hickam Field firefighting apparatus was knocked out by the attack, Honolulu Fire companies responded to assist with the fires.

At 0826 a Japanese aerial bomb was dropped on crews from HFD Engine Co.1, 4, and 6. 3 Firefighters, Captain John Carreira, Captain Thomas S. Macy, and Hoseman Harry T.L. Pang were killed in the Line of Duty.

An additional 6 Firefighters were wounded from shrapnel. They were Honolulu Fire Lieutenant Fred Kealoha, Hoseman Moses Kalilikane, Hoseman John A. Gilman, Hoseman Solomon H. Naauao, Hoseman Patrick J. McCabe, and Hoseman George Correa.

In 1944 they all were awarded the Order of the Purple Heart. They are the only non-military personnel to have received this award. MORE on Pearl Harbor as we remember those lost on December 7, 1941:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/

RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG
The Secret List 12-7-13/0630 hrs
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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First Responders can Help End Veteran Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

They are asking first responders to help in these initiatives to end Veteran homelessness.

Learn more about what you can do, and view a flyer and brochure with information about what VA does for Veterans in need. Find additional information and resources to help end Veteran homelessness at www.va.gov/homeless.

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Double Duty.

rob-foxI think I like “Double Duty” even more than “Two Hatter” in describing SoldierFirefighters. Here’s a great story of one soldier who has put his military training to the test as a firefighter serving his community and vice-verse. Rob Fox is the SoldierFirefighter that this GX Magazine article features.

Here’s his story on the National Guard website: http://www.nationalguard.com/soldier-stories/rob-fox

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It Carries Over

A Marine does a great job of drawing the connection between military service and community service in providing fire and emergency services in this short video. It’s what Soldier|Firefighter is all about.

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Creating Opportunities

Although I wasn’t able to participate in VetNet’s live online discussion on the “Value of Mentoring and Networking” — I did view the interaction after the fact and left this comment that I hope some folks will pick up on and respond:

I’m not a soldier. I’m a firefighter. I created www.SoldierFirefighter.com to connect returning veterans with the volunteer fire service.

The fire service needs volunteers who understand the values of teamwork, discipline, respect and the chain-of-command. The fire service offers the camaraderie, adrenaline rush and sense of belonging and value that a lot of returning veterans miss about active duty. It’s a great match.

And given the PTSD and suicide issues amongst returning veterans, I’m convinced we can save lives by welcoming them home and into our fire service family.

In terms of job networking, the volunteer fire service is vast and offers the opportunity to connect with people who may be aware of employment opportunities for quality people where they work, or they may be employers themselves.

These are a few of the great reasons for veterans to continue their legacy of service to our country — by serving their community.

Check out www.SoldierFirefighter.com. We hope you’ll agree.

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Google Launches “VetNet” To Help Military Veterans Re-Enter Civilian Life

VetNetThis is a great time of year to find out who the returning veterans are in your community and welcome them and their families into your fire service family.

Recruiting veterans into the volunteer fire service can be a great solution to our staffing challenges. Think about it, we don’t have to teach them discipline, respect, honor, chain-of-command or teamwork — and in return we offer the camaraderie, adrenaline rush, teamwork and sense of value that they miss from active duty. And we’re convinced we can save lives by doing it.

There’s an army of volunteers out there just waiting to be asked. Soldier|Firefighter just may be a perfect fit for your fire company.

Check out this great article: Google Launches “VetNet” To Help Military Veterans Re-Enter The Civilian Life and the host organization: Hiring Our Heroes — supported by the US Chamber of Commerce.

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The gain and loss of military enlistment

A referral from http://www.FDLiveIn.com (http://www.fdlivein.com/2012/live-ins-in-the-news/) brought us to this Facebook post from the Dover Township Volunteer Fire Department in Pennsylvania where their members discuss how the proud loss of one of their live-ins is a big gain for the US Air Force as he becomes a SoldierFirefighter.

Read for yourself: http://www.facebook.com/Dover.Township.Fire.Department/posts/456009931103339

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Veterans Hiring Program Debuts for the Fire Service

Our sister site: FireRECRUITER.com reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has announced its Veterans Hiring Program as part of the SAFER-Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response grant program for the fire service.

Click for the details: http://firerecruiter.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/dhs-announces-veterans-hiring-program/

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24/7 Non-Stop Community Service

My favorite kind of two-hatter was featured in the most recent edition of the National Guard’s GX Magazine: Those who wear both a soldier’s helmet and a fire helmet.

The featured Guardsman is Specialist Rob Fox — a Soldier in the California Army National Guard’s 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and firefighter with the San Diego Fire Department.

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