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IFRM could not carry out its life-saving work without the help of many individuals and companies. However, several companies stand out for their unwavering and generous support.

IFRM Thoughts on Philanthropy

Philanthropy as defined by Merriam-Webster:

  1. goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially active effort to promote human welfare
  2. a: an act or gift made or done for humanitarian purposes
    b: an organization distributing or supported by funds set aside for humanitarian purposes

Throughout history, philanthropic activities have been among the primary keys to improvements in the human condition. They have served as the change agents that allow the recipients to drastically alter their ways of life for long-term, sustainable improvement.

It is common for high-profile philanthropists, celebrities and large global corporations to support humanitarian efforts. However, support for the fire and EMS industry nearly always comes from governments or local communities. As challenging as this recession has been, that model still works relatively well in the United States and other developed countries. In developing countries, this level of support is mostly minimal and often absent. Those firefighters face the same dangers as their counterparts in developed countries with only a fraction of the most-basic resources.

Industry mogul John D. Rockefeller understood fully this problem when he said, “Is for the wealthy to step in and provide services that government won’t.”

This spirit of generosity and obligation to improve the human condition is what sustains the International Fire Relief Mission’s work. Fire departments from across the United States routinely donate used, yet serviceable, equipment so IFRM can deliver it to firefighters who try desperately to protect life and property in little more than street clothes. This is a notion captured perfectly by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who said, “Give what you have to somebody; it may be better than you think.”

Those who donate equipment understand the universal brotherhood of our industry; they know that firefighters must look after one another when others fail to do so.

Yet for IFRM to succeed as a conduit for life-saving change in the global fire service, it needs the financial backing of the wealthiest in our industry. IFRM calls upon those manufacturers whose equipment has made fire fighting infinitely safer and more effective to go the extra step, to make the financial contributions necessary to protect firefighters in countries where no one else will help. As the anonymous speaker once said, “The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.”
Contact IFRM President Ron Gruening at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it learn how you can help IFRM help firefighters. Together we are making a difference…

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