Show appreciation to firefighters with these thank-you ideas.
Firefighters are emergency rescuers who have had extensive training in firefighting. A firefighter’s responsibilities are many. But their main task is to put out fires. These fires are considered hazardous and can threaten lives, property and/or the environment. They have also trained in rescuing people and animals from these dangerous situations. Firefighters who can also be called as firemen are highly skilled and can also take steps to prevent potential fires.
Firefighters are literally considered as lifesavers. This makes most people feel a bit indebted to them after they have saved their lives and property. As a result, these people are always looking for ways to appreciate the firefighters. The problem is that firefighters are mostly not allowed to accept gifts as this is considered an act of bribery.
Below are some appreciation ideas for firefighters.
1. Making a donation to the fire station
This is one of the best ways of appreciating firefighters. Donations usually help the firefighters to get more equipment or anything that they may need for their work. Most of the fire stations are under-equipped or have outdated equipment to deal with fires. Making donations to the firefighters will help them to get the necessary equipment to deal with future fires more efficiently.
2. Give them a social media recognition
Social media is considered the greatest platform where most people around the world interact with each other. When a firefighter has made a great impact on your life or loved ones, it’s good to share the experience. This goes a long way in appreciating the firefighter and the good work they do. Sharing this experience on social media helps in giving them recognition in the surrounding community and makes them feel important and appreciated.
3. Prepare a meal for the firefighters
Cooking food from your home and taking it to the fire station will show the firefighters that you care and appreciate their work. Due to their busy schedule, home-cooked meals are a luxury to most firefighters. Preparing a meal for them and taking it to the fire station is a good way to appreciate them. It also offers a good to say a verbal thank you.
4. Send a gift basket
A gift basket is a very practical and classy way to appreciate firefighters. The gift baskets can be customized and personalized to suit the needs and tastes of the firefighters or the fire station. The gift baskets usually make an individual’s gratitude and appreciation very clear and precise. The gift baskets can include gift cards to a local restaurant where the firefighters can go and relax a bit. A customized gift basket also works great as a firefighter’s graduation gift.
5. Send a card
Delivering a card to the fire station will not only show kindness to the firefighters but also allows the firefighters to know that the work they did was good. When a firefighter sees that the individual he/she rescued is doing well brings joy. Sending or delivering a thank you card to the firefighters will make them feel important and appreciated. This is because a card is considered more personal, heartfelt and permanent than writing an email.
6. Buy them beer
These men and women can’t drink on duty. But after a long day at work, a few cold beers will help them to wind down the untangle the stress.
7. Send photos of the recovery / rebuild
For people who have been helped by a firefighter, put together photos of the recovery or rebuild in a neat album and send it to the folks at the fire station. This will make them understand the importance of their work and that they have made a difference in this work. Other ideas include photos of your cat they help save.
8. Share your experience on YouTube
Let the world know what the firefighters have done for you. Make a video of you sharing the experience.
9. Become their PR Rep
Although you can definitely join a firefighters’ advocacy group, that’s not what I mean. By PR, I mean to be aware of all the news related to firefighters, in the mainstream news or social media, and share your positive experience in the comment section.
10. Defend their funding
Within your ability, when the funding for firefighters is challenged, make sure you stand with them. Having their funding cut could mean that they’re losing their jobs or benefits.
When it comes to appreciating firefighters, it is important to employ ideas that show the appreciation is personal and from the heart of an individual. This post has been written for someone who’s been helped by a firefighter. Here are some Halloween employee appreciation ideas who’s looking to boost morale during the Halloween season.