Harvick Thanks Oak Ridge Firefighters
Four months after NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and his wife DeLana woke up to the sound of their home’s smoke detector going off, the driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS visited the Oak Ridge (NC) Fire Department to thank the firefighters that helped saved his home.
“If it weren’t for these guys, I wouldn’t have a house,” said Harvick who brought his 18-month-old son Keelan to tour the fire station with Chief Steve Simmons. “We didn’t think anything was actually on fire, because we couldn’t see any flames and figured the smoke was coming from the fireplace.”
Members of the Oak Ridge Fire Department were dispatched to the Harvick family’s home in the early morning hours of November 27, 2013. With the help of thermal imaging cameras, the unit was able to locate the fire, which was in between the basement ceiling and main level of the house.
“Chief Simmons and his guys knew exactly what to do and were able to contain a small mess that could have been a very big mess,” said Harvick. “We’re very fortunate.”
“I cannot think of better example of how smoke detectors save lives than Kevin and DeLana’s story,” said Simmons. “They have a very nice home and lots of nice things, but the best investment they made in that house was the smoke alarm.”
Firehouse Heroism Program Honored
For more than 30 years, Firehouse has recognized firefighters for their extraordinary acts of heroism, community service and bravery. On April 2, Firehouse was honored for that program, receiving an honorable mention in the “Best Awards/Recognition Program B2B” category at the FOLIO FAME Awards.
“The FAME Awards winners made incredible strides and understand the power of events in the industry,” according to FOLIO magazine.
The Firehouse Heroism and Community Service Awards Program recognizes firefighters from across the country for acts of heroism that were performed both on and off duty.
“The rescues take place in a variety of places and unusual situations,” said Harvey Eisner, editor-in-chief of Firehouse Magazine. “These can range from building and vehicle fires to high-angle removals, boating accidents, ice rescues and many more unusual situations that firefighters are called to or come upon while off duty.”
This year’s heroism award recipients will be named in the June issue of Firehouse, while the September issue will honor the community service winners.
Firefighters Shave Heads For Good Cause
Local firefighters shaved their heads to support Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation and St. Baldrick’s Foundation on March 7. The Truckee Meadows and Incline Fire Fighters Associations partnered with the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) for a charity event in conjunction with St. Baldrick’s Foundation signature head-shaving event.
Firefighters joined the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for their second annual “Day at the Firehouse,” where firefighters and NNCCF families came together for their signature head-shaving event. This was an opportunity for NNCCF families to take a few hours out of their day to not think about the struggles of cancer. Firefighters also presented these families with more than $3,600 in food and fuel gift cards. This annual event also serves as a “pre-shave” for the annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser scheduled later that month.
NVFC Announces 2014 Award Winners
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has announced the winners of its four national fire service awards. A special banquet to honor the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, Fire Prevention, Junior Firefighter of the Year and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year awards took place during the NVFC’s spring meeting on May 2 in Alexandria, VA.
“The quality of the applications we receive each year speaks to the excellence of the fire service nationwide,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “The recipients that were chosen this year exemplify outstanding service and commitment to the fire and emergency services. Their achievements reflect a proud past and exciting future.”