We're everywhere…


The list goes on and on. Every time I look online, there's a new product/service/business offered from, inspired by, or aimed at firefighters. It's always interesting to find something new and read the "About" page to see how this particular product came about; if there's one thing firefighters are good at, it's telling stories!

Most, if not all, of the products share a few common traits.

1) A percentage of the profits go to charitable organizations (burn foundations, etc.)
2) The products are usually lauded as "time-tested;" the idea is that if something can withstand the rigors of a firehouse and the critique of the old-school guys, it has to be good.
3) They stemmed from firemen who have genuine interests in a particular field, like cooking or fitness—not a snake oil salesman looking to make a quick buck off of something like the Pet Rock.

I recently acquired a bottle of Three Alarm Cellars wine, and it was delicious. The artwork on the label (a 1945 Diamond T Fire Engine) is all hand-drawn by a Captain of the Sonoma Fire Department in California.

Any readers have any great stuff that's created/inspired by firefighters that I didn't mention? Leave it in the comments!

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  • Well since you asked, I suppose I could share our latest venture.
    Monopoly Firefighters Edition
    It’s a five-alarm emergency on the special Firefighters Edition of Monopoly, honoring the men and women of the fire and rescue service worldwide.
    As you buy, sell and trade your favorite properties, you’ll need to summon all of your fire and rescue skills to take command of the firehouses an headquarters on the board. If you succeed, not only will lives be saved and heroism rewarded, but you’ll get an instant promotion to Fire Chief… until the next game anyway!
    Designed for firefighters — and their friends, family and fans, take a roll of the dice to round Probie Place and head for Firefighting Freeway. Be careful not to make your station buddies sick with your cooking when you pick up a Flashover or Backdraft card. And, just remember…going to Jail is just like getting called into the Chief’s Office, so watch out and stay safe as you enjoy this special Firefighters Edition of the world’s most popular board game, MONOPOLY.
    Become a fan on Facebook at http://tiny.cc/XDuYc

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