Justin Velasquez, a member of our San Mateo County local, shared this video of amazing testimonials from members in the community as they talk about their own experiences with the fire department.

During a City Council meeting, these citizens told personal stories about how fire fighters saved their lives or came to their rescue. The message is positive and void of negative punches against the city government. San Mateo County Local 2400 did an excellent job of showing the public all that fire fighters and paramedics do every day to protect lives and communities, and is working to air it in local theatres to show during trailers before the movie.

We not only want to share this video with all IAFF members, but encourage other affiliates facing attacks from all corners and on a mulitude of issues to consider producing similar spots to get the word out across the country that fire fighters and paramedics are not to blame for the nation’s problems, and illustrate how valuable the services that the men and women of the fire service provide are to communities everywhere.