Free Coffee and Endless Support for Firefighters Laid off in Houston

Free Coffee and Endless Support for Firefighters Laid off in Houston

May 05, 2019

Last week was not a good one for the firefighting community.

With labor negotiations at an impasse, the city of Houston announced plans to lay off more than 200 of the city’s highly skilled, highly trained professional firefighters. The city also plans to demote more than 400 other firefighters in an attempt to reduce its budget.

The team at FDC wants the Houston firefighting community to know that we stand with you. As a token of our support, we’re offering each of the laid-off firefighters a free bag of Fire Dept. Coffee.

Simply send us an email at info@firedeptcoffee.com, letting us know that you’re one of the men or women facing layoff in this unfortunate situation. Give us your name and address, and tell us what your favorite coffee is. We’ll get it shipped to you as soon as possible.

We first extended this offer in an Instagram video, and it didn’t take long for us to get our first response. Chelsea Ariel Kline has been a firefighter and paramedic for five years, including more than two years in the city of Houston. As of July 1, she will be laid off.

“As saddened, and as angry as we may be by what is happening to us; our greatest sadness and fear is for the people we protect and serve within our territories, and how all of this is going to affect their lives when they need us the most,” Chelsea wrote. “So once again, thank you so very much for your support of our department and the fight we are going through. The coffee will not only serve its purpose as a source of energy to get through the next few months, and all the paperwork and job hunting, but it will also serve as a reminder every morning that no matter how hard things are or how dark the storm seems, there are people who care about us and who have our backs.”

The full text of Chelsea’s moving, heartfelt email is posted at the bottom of the blog. Please take the time to read it.

Our brothers and sisters in Houston are going through a difficult time right now, all due to circumstances beyond their control. We hope everyone who reads this will join us in doing whatever you can to let them know that we support them.

There will always be opportunities for hardworking, dedicated first responders like the ones laid off in Houston. Their future is bright.

And yes, we will always have their back.


Chelsea’s Email:

I am one of the 287 firefighters that has been given a lay-off notice. Your gift of free coffee is appreciated very much, since you know how much firefighters and medics love and need our coffee. I have attached my notice to this email, and my information at the top is correct.

I am also including a photo of our class, all of which received notices. Ironically, the ladder truck in the picture is L046, which is my currently assigned station and our district's house. Our district is losing 21 firefighters, six of which are from our station 46s, and my shift at 46s is losing me and one other female firefighter. Three of us from class 2017 Bravo work in District 46 as well.

When you break it down, it really starts to hit home and you realize how much YOUR territory, YOUR citizens, are being affected by what is happening. Although we all serve the entire city, we take great pride in the parts of town we work in, and District 46 is not an easy territory to work day in and out, especially not on the medic unit.

A saddened, and as angry as we may be by what is happening to us; our greatest sadness and fear is for the people we protect and serve within our territories, and how all of this is going to affect their lives when they need us the most.

So once again, thank you so very much for your support of our department and the fight we are going through. The coffee will not only serve its purpose as a source of energy to get through the next few months, and all the paperwork and job hunting, but it will also serve as a reminder every morning that no matter how hard things are or how dark the storm seems, there are people who care about us and who have our backs.

What a way to start a morning, knowing that your cup-of-Joe was provided by a stranger trying to provide what they could for you in your time of need!

Thanks again,

Chelsea Ariel Kline
HFD Class 2017 Bravo
(Over 2 years serving the citizens of Houston, and 5 years living my purpose as a firefighter and paramedic.)




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