Firefighter for a Day
The “Firefighter for a Day” event is sponsored each year by Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation and Fresno Fire Department. The event provides members of the community an opportunity to tour historical Fire Station 3 and, possibly, participate in the lifesaving skills demonstrated by the men and women of the Department. During this fun-filled event, participants are offered opportunities to participate in a Basement Search and Rescue, Auto Extrication, and Drill Tower Burn. Participants operate in small spaces, maneuver through high angles, navigate in hot environments, and participate in heavy lifting situations. All conditions and/or situations are led by an instructor and/or an assistant(s) for obvious safety reasons; all activities will be performed as a team of two individuals. Community members get to enjoy lunch and a video with the Training Staff and Crew of Station 3. This event is restricted to participants age 18 or older.
This is an annual event and seating is limited. Contact (559) 493-8759 for more information.
Exceptional Parents Unlimited
Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) is a non-profit support organization, which provides community outreach to families who have mentally or physically challenged children.
They work with the children in groups developing social skills and provide support and education for the families to improve their quality of life during very trying conditions.
The Fresno Fire Department and Firefighters Union Local 753 have partnered with the EPU since 1994 to enhance the quality of life for special needs children.
The firefighters have volunteered to barbeque approximately 750 pounds of tri tip annually at the EPU’s major fundraising event the “Fiesta de Los Ninos”. Additionally, the firefighters donate a “Dinner for 10,” which is sold during the live auction. The event raises about $100,000 for the organization.
The firefighters also volunteered to assemble the playground equipment at the new facility.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the EPU events, please call (559) 224-2000.
Firefighters Creating Memories
In 1994, Fresno Firefighters Local 753 decided to create a program that would not only help the children it was designed for, but also help boost the image of the city. This is when a program known as “Firefighters Creating Memories” was formed. During the course of the Big Fresno Fair, a family with a child who has special needs is selected for an all expenses paid day at the fair escorted by off duty firefighters. The family and firefighters are given free admission, and the firefighters spend the day helping the family enjoy the fair the best ways possible. Firefighters can be seen assisting the children onto rides that might otherwise have not been able to enjoy, or simply assisting families through the fair. The firefighters do everything in their power to ensure the child and the family have a safe, fun, and memorable day at the Big Fresno Fair.
Christmas should be a time of joy for children everywhere. Since 1999, firefighters from Fresno Firefighters Union Local 753 have been helping to make that a reality for some of the communities less fortunate children. Every holiday season, firefighters help the Holy Cross Center for Women deliver Christmas presents to needy children in the Fresno area. Using their private vehicles and Local 753’s Antique 1954 hose wagon, gifts donated by individuals and companies throughout Fresno are delivered to approximately 500 children from 150 families. Accompanying the firefighters on their antique hose wagon is none other than Santa Claus himself. The community outreach program is headed up by Captain Christian Palmer.
If you or your group would like to help needy children in the Fresno area, contact the Holy Cross Center for Women at (559) 237-2379.
Retired Firefighters Breakfast Club Box Car Race
The Annual Box Cart Races are presented by the Fresno Fire Department’s Retired Firefighters Breakfast club and the Fresno City Firefighters Local 753. The races are coordinated by Retired Fire Captain Daniel Scarbery and Firefighter Richard Griffith. This event is presented simply to bring the community closer together.
The Box Cart Races are held in June at Woodward Park. This is a fun and entertaining event that brings families and friends together simply in the spirit of fun. A voluntary donation of $3.00 is accepted to benefit the Craycroft Home for Children.