March 14, 2023
Firefighting is a dangerous business.
There’s no other way to say it. Firefighters, paramedics and EMTs are the ones running in the direction of disaster. Especially as others run away from it.
As a coffee company founded by firefighters, we’ve got a unique appreciation for the sacrifice that first responders make to do the jobs they’re called to do.
When they rush out of the station doors, we want them to return safely every time. We want them to go home each night to their families and live long, healthy, productive lives, well into retirement.
It’s why so much of what we do — beyond roasting delicious coffee — is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of firefighters and first responders everywhere.
Through the simple act of drinking Fire Department Coffee, you’re supporting first responders’ health and well-being, too.
Every time you make a purchase, and every time you take a sip, you’re helping. We created the Fire Department Coffee Foundation as a 501(c)(3), so we could direct funds to sick or injured first responders, and to other organizations that share the mission and do incredible things to serve others in the first responder community.
Through our company and our foundation, we’ve made donations to support organizations like the Illinois Fire Service Institute, the Grand Rapids Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Foundation, the New Jersey Firefighter Mutual Benevolent Association, Next Rung, and a lot more.
We also contribute directly when individual firefighters are sick or injured, and their fellow firefighters reach out to us for help. Recently, we donated funds to support a volunteer firefighter in Nebraska as he recovers from significant burns received while battling a wildfire.
If we can help, we’re always ready.
When a firefighter goes into a burning structure, it’s not just the surface heat that presents a threat. A rapid rise in body temperature can be catastrophic. That’s where Fire-Dex and Milliken & Company comes in.
Milliken manufactures the non-PFAS fabrics that go into a firefighter’s bunker gear, like thermal liners and Fire-Dex’s exclusive TECGEN71 outer shell — and a lot of other everyday products. For firefighters, it’s an added layer of protection that gives them the security and peace of mind to do their jobs in the toughest situations.
We’re proud to partner with companies like Milliken, as well as bunker gear manufacturer Fire-Dex, because we know their products save lives. If you see our crew wearing bunker gear in our videos, you’re looking at the work of Milliken and Fire-Dex.
Simply put, we trust them with our lives.
We’ve been thrilled recently at the opportunity to team up with CRACKYL.
CRACKYL focuses on firefighter lifestyle and health, tackling the issues that every firefighter experiences.
“The purpose of this magazine is to help create an immune system for firefighters,” founder Kory Pearn said. “To give them the tools, strategies and strength so they don’t get sick or hurt, (mentally or physically), and continue to show up to work to do their job.”
We love the work that Kory and his team are doing, and we’re thrilled that our own Vice President Jason Patton will be featured in an upcoming magazine.
Both CRACKYL and Fire Dept. Coffee use platforms to shine a light on the realities of life as a firefighter. We each do it in our own unique ways, each complementing the other to provide information, entertainment, and valuable perspectives.
Fire Dept. Coffee is always looking for new opportunities to support firefighters and other first responders, as well as the organizations that promote health and wellness for firefighters.
We want our brothers and sisters in the fire service to know that we’re all in this together, and we’ll always have your back.
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