The First Responders Foundation is honored to be inducting the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 385 into the Ancient Society of St. Florian and St. Michael at the 5th Annual 9/11 Luncheon of Honor on September 10, 2021.
The Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael is a society made up of members of the community who have provided long-term and exceptional service to first responders and their families, through their enduring and exceptional acts of financial giving or acts of selfless volunteerism, and those who have made a great impact in the community.
Honoring Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 385
The members of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 385 serve the Omaha community and metro area tirelessly, committing to make our society as safe as possible with the highest integrity. These firefighters are there for all of us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It takes a special person to become a firefighter.
When a fire breaks out or there is an explosion most people run in the opposite direction, but firefighters run toward the danger/disaster. Firefighters not only put out fires with hoses on the ground, but they also run through burning buildings, break out windows, cut people out of cars, and deal with oil spills and other hazardous material spills after accidents. All Omaha Firefighters are also Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and can take care of sick and injured people at the scene. They see and experience things that affect them both physically and mentally. Firefighters are courageous individuals who know things can and sometimes do go wrong but they still show up to work every day.
After the fire has been put out, the cause of the fire must be determined, whether it was an accident or arson. Firefighters must decipher what type of fire they are dealing with and each requires a different approach. Some fires are electrical or chemical, some include gases, oils, metals, or other liquids. They need to use their scientific knowledge of physics, engineering, and chemistry to determine how, when, and where the fire started. Some Omaha Fire Department firefighters are also law enforcement officers and can make an arrest when arson is determined to be the cause of a fire.
The IAFF 385 assists with the Tri-County Fire Corp.
This program is for students, ages 16-19 who are interested in careers in fire services. They are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, and training in fire extinguishers, ropes and knots, hose rolls, search and rescue, ladders, hazmat awareness, and ventilation. They receive training and two certificates of completion, for CPR and for Stop the Bleed. On the last day of class, they actually put out a real car fire.
Omaha Firefighters are heroes.
We are grateful for these men and women who have answered this calling because they put our lives and the lives of those we love ahead of their own. They don’t get holidays off, they work long shifts to take care of our families often while leaving their own. Never a 9 to 5 and always on call, they live with the understanding that they will miss out on family moments and milestones to perform their duty. Being a firefighter isn’t about the glory or the money, it’s about how many lives you can change. For their courage and commitment, their service, and the sacrifices they make, they are heroes.
First Responders Foundation in Omaha and Council Bluffs
The First Responders Foundation thanks the Omaha Firefighters of the IAFF 385 for the job they do every day, taking risks to protect the citizens of the community. The Foundation would also like to thank their families who also face the possibility of the loss of a loved one.
For all of the reasons listed above the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 385 will be inducted into the Ancient Society of St. Florian and St. Michael
To purchase tickets or for more information about the 9/11 Luncheon of Honor click here.
For more information on the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 385 click here.
For more information on the Tri-County Fire Corp click here.