How We Support Our First Responders
Although SERVPRO® gets credit for helping people get their life back and making it "Like it never even happened" after a disaster, we must appreciate and thank our first responders for making our job much easier. Law enforcement officials, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters run head-first into danger every day to keep people in our community safe. Simply put, because of what they do, we are able to do what we do. Because of this, SERVPRO makes it a priority to give back whenever we can to those who gave us so much, both on a local and national level.
Our franchise has a few ways that we give back to first responders in our area. Most recently, we are collaborating with our local hockey team the Peoria Rivermen to introduce and acknowledge 12 First Responders with a SERVPRO First Responder Recognition Award. First Responders who made a difference in their community can be nominated by their peers or loved ones to get recognized in front of the crowd at a home game. It’s a small gesture but can mean a lot to those brave men and women who normally don’t get thanked for the work that they do.
We also add value to our local fire departments through giving them unique training opportunities. In addition to helping regular live burn training by furnishing burn cells, we travel to local fire departments with a Palmer Fire Training Doll Houses to support them with extra training (and a well-deserved supper on us from Mission BBQ). These specially designed “dollhouses” are a great way to demonstrate a fire’s behavior during a house fire and how to manipulate the flow path through opening and closing the doors in the doll house.
SERVPRO recognizes first responders on a national level through our continued support for the First Responders Children’s Foundation and hosting the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, which shares stories of first responders on a national stage and gives back to first responder organizations across the country. Both of these initiatives have helped out countless families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, and we are proud to be a part of them. Starting this year, SERVPRO is also the national sponsor of Firefighter Challenge League. A grueling obstacle course specially designed for firefighters to challenge firefighters in a competition against other departments.
First responders do so much for us and the communities we serve, so we’re happy to show our appreciation any way that we can. If you want to help us support our local heroes, please consider donating to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, nominating someone for the SERVPRO First Responder Recognition Award, or just reaching out and saying thank you. Your appreciation and support can make a big difference!