[Coral Springs FL October 7, 2020] — The firefighting podcast, “5-Alarm Task Force,” launched the non-profit, “5-Alarm Task Force Corp.” The non-profit will support firefighters and other first responders, as well as their families.
Steve Greene, a former volunteer firefighter/EMT, started the “5-Alarm Task Force” podcast in 2016, producing over forty shows per season. While amassing a loyal following and planning for his fifth season of the podcast, Steve wanted to give back even more to the avocation chat changed his life.
“Our goal is to raise funds that we can turn around and use to help a firefighter and/or his/her family, when faced with the unexpected. The organization’s lay leadership, all of whom are well-experienced in the fire service, will vet each request. Moreover, we also hope to be able to assist other First Responders, i.e., police officers and Paramedics & EMTs, as well,” said Steve. “And we are also seeking corporate partners to help us, as well,” Steve added.
The non-profit will accept payment via PayPal® using any credit or debit card, on its website, www.dalmatianproductions.tv, (soon to change to www.5-alarmtaskforce.org). Donors can also select where they would like the donation to go, to either the Operations account or to the “5-Alarm Task Force Foundation.”
Guests on the podcast have included some of the most well-known mentors, chiefs and other officers, as well as medical research team members, who discuss, leadership, training, retention, the Firefighter Cancer Initiative and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Initiative.
Steve added, “During the height of the pandemic and with a dearth of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) your first responders answered every call, caring for the patient, then sanitizing the apparatus, making sure it was ready for the next call. Nevertheless, a large number of First Responders became infected, and we lost wonderfully dedicated members of firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel.”
Steve served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for eight years, until an injury forced him out of active duty. Yet, he never allowed his dedication and passion for the fire service to wane. Just before 9|11, Steve dove into social media, especially firefighting topics. He met numerous firefighters from around the country who, learning of his prior radio and audio-visual experience, strongly encouraged him to start a podcast.
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