Updated: Sep 24, 2020
Through the generosity of a grant from the United Way of Dallas’ ‘North Texas Cares’ the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum was able to turn supply needs into reality for Dallas Fire-Rescue.
The Dallas Firefighter’s Museum is fortunate that most members of the department support the Museum through generous monthly donations. We rely on this funding to maintain our Museum operations and enhance fire prevention and all-hazards life safety programming that is provided to the community. Now it is our turn to support our Dallas Firefighter’s out on the frontlines during the pandemic.
Trixie Lohrke, Battalion Chief and President of the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum talked with her fellow Battalion Chiefs and members of area Fire Stations to gauge the needed supplies they did not have access to during this time. After getting a better understanding of what supplies would be most needed the Museum sought to secure funding and turn these requests into a reality.
We are excited to announce the Museum was awarded a $10,000 grant from North Texas Cares, a grant program facilitated through the United Way to provide our Firefighter’s with much needed supplies.
The majority of the firefighter’s biggest needs were disposable plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery. Along with hand sanitizer and a travel sanitizer container with a carabiner to connect to uniforms.
Through the support of Webstaurant we were able to obtain a discount that allowed us to purchase over 168,480 plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery combined to provide each of the 58 Fire Stations with a 30-day supply of disposable kitchen materials. This couldn’t have happened at a better time since COVID-19 cases are at an all time high in Dallas, putting our First Responders in a high risk category for contracting the virus.
Photo of Station 34 Volunteering to put together the portable Carabiner Clip Hand Sanitizers for their fellow Firefighters throughout the Department.
Next we were able to coordinate and receive a partial sponsorship from Tahwahkaro Whiskey Distillery in Grapevine. They provided multiple gallon containers of hand sanitizer to ensure that each Fire Station got an ample a supply for future needs.
Each of the 9 Battalions, which is composed of 58 fire stations total, will receive disposable plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, and hand sanitizers for 30 days and across all three shifts. The items have all arrived and were graciously stored by the Dallas Fire-Rescue pending their distribution to each Fire Station.
There were other needs that we would like to fulfill, but those will have to wait until additional funding is available. Some of those needs were additional picnic tables for Fire Stations to allow for social distancing during mealtimes and boot covers to protect their boots during calls in the community.
The Museum Board Members will continue to find ways to support our own during this time. We cannot thank our Firefighter’s and the community enough for supporting us over the years. Together we can show our First Responders the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum is here to support them during these difficult times and always.
We cannot thank @NorthTexasCares and @UnitedWayDallas enough for their support to help make this possible for our first responders.
If you are interested in helping us assist our First Responders or would like to support the Museum directly please reach out to us.