Here it is…
The 2014 Top Ten Christmas Gift List for Firefighters. These lists have always been some of the most popular on the site.
Each year I seem to change it up a bit. Last year, I offered 10 categories each containing several gift ideas. This year, I think I am going to go back to how I started and offer 10 gift ideas. Sure, the list could easily be the top one hundred gift ideas…but this article would have taken weeks to put together…enjoy.
I recently posted what you all wanted on The Fire Critic Facebook Page…Great ideas by all. Unfortunately, I am unable to offer "more time with your family", bringing family members home from deployment, or full-time career firefighting jobs as gifts at this point. All apologies.
Two items that I want you all to know about buy aren't on the list are:
The park features a brick Walk of Honor® that connects the monument, the historic Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and memorial plazas. Each brick on the walkway bears a personal inscription. Proceeds from the sale of these bricks help to finance construction of the Memorial Park.
The Walk of Honor® continues to expand and now contains more than 9,000 inscribed bricks. Numbered sections help donors and recipients locate their special bricks. If you donated a brick prior to June 2009, you can find its location online. Contact Judi Whitlow at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the location of bricks placed after June 2009. More info here
Glove Crafters has many choices for firefighters to pick from. I currently wear the Fire Armor and I love them. I haven't had a single issue with them and have found them to be very comfortable and easy to take on and off even when they are wet.
100% Made in the USA. A lot of companies claim to have gloves "made in the USA", but at Glove Crafters, our gloves are 100% handcrafted right here in Quitman, Arkansas.
Another popular choice in firefighting gloves is the Dragon Fire Alpha X. Check them out here.
At ESS, our unyielding passion is to make the toughest eyewear in the world. Not because it’s our job, but because it’s our duty — a duty inspired by those we serve: military personnel, first responders, and other everyday heroes. Those who rely on ESS can’t settle for less, so we can’t either. We provide go-to styling and superior fit, form, and function so our tough customers can stay safe and be brave: on or off duty, beyond risk and on to adventure.
The Channellock 87 8.88-Inch Rescue Tool is packed with functionality. It-feets small enough to carry, but so light, it won-feet slow you down. Fits securely in bunker pocket. Shuts off gas safety valves. Pries windows and doors open. Hardened cutting edges shear through soft metal. Standard battery cables are no match for its cutting power. Narrow jaw profile fits in tight spots. Spanner wrench tightens and loosens up to 6-Inch hose couplings.
If I had a dollar for every time I have used my Channellock's I would be a rich man.
Now available…The NFPA compliant TL-2 Miller 1884
The lightest, most comfortable and best looking leather helmet on the market! Paying tribute to the firefighters of yesterday while protecting the firefighters of today.
I must say that I really like the idea behind this helmet and love the way they pulled it off. Phenix took the idea from the Miller 1884 style leather helmet and made it work with a state of the art leather that is NFPA/OSHA compliant.
The National Firefighters Endowment “Officer’s Club” is the gift that keeps on giving. The Officer’s club is a funding mechanism for the NFE and funds donations to fire departments in need. However, those who join get a lot more in return.
The Officers Club is an exclusive group of brothers and sisters who have made a pledge to participate in NFE’s mission; to provide our nation’s firefighters with life saving equipment. Their monthly contributions are responsible for every piece of equipment that National Firefighters Endowment is able to place in service. That’s right, the membership is personally responsible for putting the tools in the hands of our heroes and making sure they come home safe to their families.
Many firefighters use leather straps to hold their radio. I suggest that the ones who don't give it a try to see how they like it. I know when I switched over from having my radio in my pocket it made a world of difference.
There are many sources for radio straps. I have shared many custom leather companies who I have come to know over the years.
FireVideo.net (home of the Fire Cam) has everything you need to capture your point of view in HD. You never know what the camera will capture while you are running calls, training, or whatever else you do in your helmet!
One thing that many learn about using helmet cameras is that not only do you have to make sure the battery is charged…YOU HAVE TO TURN IT ON. Fire Cam has come up with a simple one button push to get the camera on and recording…it is as simple as that.
- Rotates 360 degrees on clamp; Bright blue tail light LED;
- On/off switch operates with heavy gloves on; Attach or remove in seconds with no tools;
- weighs 5.14 oz. w/batteries; Clamps on above or below helmet brim; Bulb: LED; Finish: Matte Black;
- Output (lumens): 80; Power Source: CR123A Lithium, x 2; Switch: Dual-Direction On/Off Switch;
Everyone needs a back-up flashlight. This is one of the best!
Hopefully by now, you (or the firefighter you are shopping for) has a traditional helmet. Better yet would be a leather helmet…but not everyone wears them. If they have a traditional helmet, all they need now is the most identifiable part of their PPE…the custom leather helmet shield (helmet front).
I suggest you take a look at Box Alarm Leather for their fronts. It is what I wear.