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Connecticut Fire Fighters Raise Funds for California Fire FightersWhen retired Connecticut fire fighter Chris Tracy and his wife, Gina Russell, saw the devastation from the recent wildfires in California, they knew they had to step up and help. The Tracys – who combined have experience in the fire service and in theater – have organized a Week of Giving (#ctff4caff) centered around a series of live performances to raise money for IAFF members in California who’ve suffered losses from the Camp Fire, which destroyed the homes of 54 IAFF members as it
With the Tracys leading the way, the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut (UPFFA), UPFFA Vice President At-Large Bob Smith, East Hartford Local 1548, Greenwich Local 1042, in collaboration with the Actors Equity Association, have joined together to raise funds for their California brothers and sisters in need.
The fundraising campaign includes several charitable events beginning Christmas Day and scheduled through New Year’s Eve to include several staged reading performances at the Lyric Hall in New Haven of “The Guys,” journalist Anne Nelson’s tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11.
The benefit readings will feature Frank Schiavone, a retired fire fighter from East Hartford Local 1548, and Guy Fortt, a retired fire fighter from Greenwich Local 1042. Based on a true story, “The Guys” is about a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11 and the editor who helps him prepare the eulogies he must deliver.
Gina Russell Tracy says, “Together, we have acting experience, actor friends and so many friends in the fire service. A reading of “The Guys” seemed like a perfect fit for the moment.”
Tracy and Russell Tracy are also professional actors and member of the Actors Equity Association, as are Schiavone and Fortt. Several famous celebrities will attend the performances, though for now the organizers are keeping the names a secret.
All proceeds will be deposited in the 501(c)3 Fairfield Fire Fighters Foundation to be combined and sent in total to the California Firefighters Foundation, which will distribute all funds received to the IAFF members who lost their homes. Fortt, Johnson, Russell-Tracy, Schiavone and Tracy will appear courtesy of the Actors Equity Association, which is permitting the benefit performance without pay. The Lyric Hall has donated its space for each of the Week of Giving events. Also, playwright Nelson has waived her royalty fees for the readings.
📷“I am so proud of the hard work the Tracys have put into this effort to help their brothers and sisters facing down the massive fires in California,” says UPFFA President Pete Carozza. “This is what fire fighters do for other fire fighters who need help.”
The Tracys have also planned a Connecticut Fire Fighters Open Mike Night on Thursday, December 27, also at the Lyric Hall, and a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Eve at Waters Edge Resort & Spa, with donations going to the California FirefightersFoundation.
Suggested donations for each of the four performances is $20, with audiences invited to purchase items from a silent auction.
For more information about these events and donating, visit the CT Fire Fighters for CA Fire Fighters Facebook page or call (203) 494-7112. Donations can also be sent to the Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, 600 Jennings Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.... See MoreSee Less
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In Tampa, as with other major American cities, the evolution from all volunteer to career fire companies occurred due to the arrival of steam technology. Tampa’s first organized volunteer fire department was founded in1884. Seven “bucket brigades” were organized to serve the city. On May 10, 1895, the city council passed ordinance #307 authorizing Tampa’s first professional, paid fire department. A. J. Harris was named chief to preside over 22 fire fighters in five stations at an annual budget of $18,000. The paid firefighters worked in the stations for ten to twelve days at a time. Most of the firefighters lived near their duty stations and were permitted to go home for meals, provided they could return within one hour. Their salary was equivalent to that of police patrol officers, about $600 a year. From May 10, 1895, forward the fire department began to evolve. First the “bucket brigades” were slowly replaced by hand operated pumpers pulled to the scene by the firefighters. Fire hydrants and steam engines were introduced to do the work of pumping water to firefighter’s hoses. With the introduction of steam engines came the requirement of horses to pull the extremely heavy apparatus. read more
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Tampa Fire Fighters would like to thank everyone who has supported our donation drives throughout the years. With the generosity of our friends, we have been able to provide the community throughout the Tampa Bay area with programs designed to educate the public about the many aspects of fire prevention and safety. Through our non-profit (501c3) charity, Tampa Fire Fighters continue to support local area programs and services which have included but are not limited to the following: