Sunday, April 27, 2014

Myths of Fictional Firefighting

Today I will be presenting at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. My workshop, titled “Myths of Fictional Firefighting,” will highlight the most common errors I about firefighting in books, movies, and television.

Remember this November 2013 post about firefighters wearing oxygen bottles on their backs? That’s my Number 2 myth. In fact, I just ran across it again about a month ago – and it was the second time I’d seen it from the same New York Times best-selling author!

I’ll be sharing my favorite fictional firefighting myths in future posts. What do you suppose number 1 is?

If you’re not at my workshop, you’ll just have to wait for the reveal…

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kids and Firefighters Part II

Yesterday, the Falcon (CO) fire department hosted its second annual Easter egg hunt for kids. Goodies, toys, and special prizes were donated by local businesses, and the Easter Bunny even made a special appearance.

Kids meet Easter Bunny at 2013 Falcon FD Easter egg hunt.
Photo by R. Widmar. Copyright 2013.
This is just one small example of how firefighters support their communities, and especially kids. 

The most well known cause that firefighters support is probably the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Every year over Labor Day weekend, firefighters stand on street corners and outside of stores asking passersby to donate to MDA by throwing spare change into their firefighting boots. Some firefighters also volunteer at MDA camps for children with muscular dystrophy.

I’ve known firefighters who volunteered as “Big Brothers,” helped homeless teens, and coached or refereed for Little League or their kids’ school football teams. Firefighters volunteer at schools, read to kids, and help collect toys for less fortunate children at the holidays. One of my friends is involved with an organization that teaches safety techniques to children.

So yeah, there is often a special bond between kids and firefighters. Maybe it’s because we were all children at one time. Some firefighters never grow up, but that’s a whole other blog topic. :-)