Here are some ideas for Alaskans who want to help:
We appreciate the generous support of the community! Firefighter and public safety are our number one priority and our wildland fire crews are well equipped and cared for. Suggestions for ways you can help:
Show support for firefighters:
- Help keep firefighters safe by creating defensible space around your home. Creating defensible space around your home is absolutely the BEST thing you can do to help firefighters. Learn how at http://firewise.org/.
- Respect road and area closures and evacuation orders.
- Post thank you banners / signs in the community and on social media. This is a great morale booster for firefighters after a long shift!
- Write a thank you note to firefighters. Drop them off at the incident command post so they can be posted or shared.
- Write thank you letters to firefighters’ families. Put them in blank, stamped envelopes. After briefings or after shifts, firefighters can address letters to parents, kids, spouses, etc.
- Provide local postcards that are pre-stamped to fire camp. These will be distributed to firefighters so they can send postcards home to their families.
Items We Cannot Accept at Fire Camp:
We have safety standards for personal protective gear for our wildland firefighters.
- Food items, including baked goods and sweets
We are required to follow food safety regulations, and we have strict national guidelines for firefighter nutrition. Rest assured, we feed our fire crews three meals a day, including plenty of snacks.
Please confirm needs by contacting the organization of your choice before donating physical items (food, water, etc.).
Making a financial contribution to a recognized organization is the most effective way to ensure needs of the community and emergency personnel are met.
Consider a financial contribution to a voluntary organization of your choice, such as:
- Your local fire department
- Your local search and rescue unit
- The Wildland Firefighter Foundation
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