The Firehouse Thomas Carr Community Service Award is designed to encourage fire departments to not only get involved in community service activities, but also to engage in activities that truly give back and elevate a community in a way that can change lives. Firehouse is proud to honor the following departments and individuals for their commitment to community.
1. Burton, SC, Fire District
Beaufort County, SC, School District
2. Major Steve Huff
Midwest City, OK, Fire Department
Steve Huff is the current director of the Community Relations Committee for the Midwest City Firefighters. When Huff responded to a call at a residence, he found less than appropriate living conditions for the resident and decided to help organize a remodel of the home. The remodel and renovation work, completed by current and retired firefighters, allowed the resident to have indoor plumbing for the kitchen. A common request for help is building access ramps to a home and when Huff was unable to find help for this project, he completed the work himself. Huff has used his carpentry skills that he developed before becoming a firefighter to help a number of citizens in the community.
3. Boise Fire Department Technical Rescue Team Boise, ID, Fire Department
The Boise Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team has supported Courageous Kids Climbing for the last five years, giving children with special needs the opportunity to experience rock climbing first-hand. Firefighters set up a rope haul system and take the children out of the horizontal world and give them the chance to experience the vertical world of climbing and it allows them to experience what it is like to work like a firefighter. During the event, firefighters provide personal tours of their apparatus, allowing legally blind children to touch various tools and equipment to help them create an image of the item in their mind. Firefighters also use this event to let the children know that firefighters are there to help them.
4. Edward Bird
San Francisco Fire Department
Paramedic Eddy Bird and his wife, Shino, began coordinating Homebrewed Beerfest fundraising events for various causes and charitable organizations, including hospice facilities, dog rescues and the fight against cancer. The events have created funding to sponsor six City College of San Francisco paramedic students and send 23 child burn survivors to attend the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation’s Camp Champ. In 2018, Bird organized a group of volunteers to address the growing problem of hypodermic needles littering the streets and they removed more than 5 gallons of contaminated needles from the downtown area streets alone.