September 30, 2023 3 Comments
The fire service is a family. There’s simply no other way to put it.
But it’s a big family, a welcoming family. It’s the type of family that doesn’t just take care of their own — they take care of anyone who needs it. And this family will give all they can spare to give.
You’ll find few better examples of this spirit than the Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities in Arizona. This collection of firefighters, friends, and family members has proven to be an inspiration for us all and a blessing, not just for first responders in need but anyone in need.
“We support anyone in our community who is in need,” DMFC Treasurer Diana Musina said. “If we can help someone, we will.”
That’s the organization’s motto, and they are words to live by.
Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical is made up of roughly 200 men and women serving North Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Their mission is broad — supporting families in need in and around the area.
Their big annual event is a toy drive that culminates in a semi-truck filled with toys that are then distributed to children’s hospitals throughout the region during the holiday season.
They’re also highly respected because when firefighters and first responders are sick or injured, Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities is always there for them.
They were there for engineer Eric Flannery, who was diagnosed with cancer, related to his work as a longtime member of Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical. Flannery, sadly, succumbed to his illness in the spring.
“He was an amazing person,” Musina said. “It really hit home for us. We supported him through his journey, and we’ve continued to support his family.”
Fire Dept. Coffee first connected with the Daisy Mountain team through Brent Fenton — aka the comedian Firefighter Fenton — who has become a regular member of the FDC crew. Fenton, now a captain, has been a full-time member of Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical for nearly 20 years.
So Fire Dept. Coffee has been honored to sponsor DMFC’s annual Ignite the Night gala for the last two years. And now we’re inviting our club members to help make an even bigger impact throughout October.
Arizona is known for being hot and dry — which, of course, translates to highly flammable. It’s also known for its wide-open desert spaces and the ever-present diamondback rattlesnakes that slither across the sandy expanses.
That gave us plenty of inspiration for this month’s limited-edition Fire Dept. Coffee Club roast: Snake Bite Coffee.
The accompanying design we’ve created is one of our favorites, featuring a diamondback poised to strike while fearlessly wrapped around a Halligan and ax.
Brew your first cup of the coffee, and you’ll see more reasons why the name fits so well.
This Tanzanian and Ugandan coffee blend packs a delicious bite. It starts with sharp, smoky notes and a sweet hint of cocoa, then it finishes as smooth as an Arizona sunrise.
If you’re a member of the Fire Dept. Shirt Club, you’re going to love this month just as much. Your shirt comes in a deep red color, like a desert sunset, with the DMFC logo on the front, the FDC logo on the sleeve, and the Snake Bite design big and bold across the back.
You’ll be looking as tough as ever, and you’ll feel great about it because you know that it’s because you’re giving back to a cause bigger than all of us.
It’s a great deal all around, and it’s a big reason why membership in these clubs is growing rapidly. Members get a new roast and/or a new T-shirt every month, and every month, they know they’re helping another department, charity, or other organization make a difference in their communities.
Of course, if you want to ease into it, the limited-edition roasts and shirts are also available as a one-time purchase — but they go fast, so you’ll want to act quickly.
Quick as a rattlesnake, you might say.
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