Richmond Fire Department inspires with pink
October is a big “awareness” month for the Richmond Fire Department since it is both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Fire Prevention Month.
The department has a tradition of combining these two recognitions while educating and making presentations to schools and the public throughout October.
Fire Chief Mike Youngblood said, “During the month our firefighters wear shirts designed by them and especially made to bring attention to the many family, friends, and loved ones who are impacted by the effects of cancer.”
Battalion Chief Donney Guebara added “We are very proud of our members. Allowing them to use their creativity and talents to design the shirt makes wearing the shirt more personal.”
Firefighter Tony Reeder was the lead on the development and design of this year’s design.
To draw attention to the hazards of fire while promoting fire safety along with honoring survivors of cancer, the department illuminates the tower and apparatus bay doors at Richmond Fire Station 1 (Fire Department Headquarters) in pink.
The department asks everyone to take a few minutes to drive by the station located at 200 Houston St. in Richmond after sundown, and reflect on the challenges fire personnel face every day and how the resilience of citizens encourages everyone. People also are encouraged to think of ways they can support both cancer awareness and the prevention of fire throughout the entire year.
Visit www.richmondtx.gov/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention for information or visit the department on Facebook.