A Day With Firefighters – Journey’s Experience

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A day with firefighters

A Day With Firefighters – Journey’s Experience

Join 8-year old Journey for a special behind the scenes look in to a day in the life of a Firefighter. Watch as he learns why fire stations have sleeping quarters. See what happens when a call comes in – even at 2 in the morning. Plus, find out how heavy fire gear really is.

As a special bonus, check out Journey demonstrate his dynamic STOP, DROP and ROLL moves! 

Be sure to check out the other videos in our Heroes series at https://mycalcas.com/leoheroesvideo/. Or check out California Casualty’s  YouTube Channel.

We’d like to extend an extra special thanks to the Firefighters and Police Officers who took the time to participate in our Heroes Video Series. It was a privilege to experience a day in your lives through the eyes of Giselle, Jayden and Journey! We appreciate your dedication and all you do to strengthen and enhance the quality of life in American communities.  
The Heroes Video Series was filmed and produced by Wide Awake Films.
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First Responder Discounts

First Responder Discounts

Firefighters, Police Officers, and EMTs put their lives on the line every day, while also finding time to serve their communities. Whether they are saving lives by running into burning buildings, comforting the scared when tragedy strikes, or just simply having fun in their community like joining in on a pick-up basketball game around or turning a fire hydrant into a sprinkler for a group of kids in the summer; they deserve to be recognized.

So, we have rounded up a list of companies that offer discounts to first responders as a, “thank you” to these brave men and women for what they do on the job and in their communities every single day.

Each store is linked for you convenience, just click on the stores name, and it will direct you to their discount page!


Steak ‘n Shake: offers 20% off to first responders when in uniform

Firehouse Subs: Firefighters get a free drink with every meal

Shoney’s: offers 15% to first responders

Schlotsky’s: offers 15% off to first responders

ATKINS: offers 15% off bars and shakes to first responders

Golden Corral: offers a 10% off to first responders with ID

Outback Steakhouse: offers 10% off to first responders with ID

El Pollo Loco: offers a 15% discount to first responders with proof of employment

Chipotle: offers discounts to first responders with ID, however the amount is dependent upon the location. Please check with your local Chipotle.

*Disclaimer: be sure to check that these discounts apply at your local restaurant*



NFLShop.com: offers 15% off an online purchase and free shipping for first responders with ID

MLB.com Shop: offers 15% off for first responders with ID

NHL.com Shop: offers 15% off discount for first responders verified through ID.me

OakleySI.com:  offers up to 50% off merchandise, when you register for an account with your first responder ID

Yeti: offers first responder discounts when you sign up with the program ID.me with your ID. Over 400 other brands (like Costco, Vera Bradley, AudioBooks.com, Sunglass Hut, Tervis, and Reebok) have discounts for military and first responders on ID.me, and sign up is free!

Under Armour: offers 10% off to first responders with ID

Dickies: offers 10% off your total purchase

Gerber Gear: offers first responders exclusive pricing through their Pro Program

Jockey: offers 10% off to first responders with ID

Lululemon: offers 25% off to first responders with ID

Frank and Oak: offers 10% off to first responders with ID

Columbia: offers exclusive discounts to members of government agencies that work outdoors when you sign up for their Professional Purchase Program

GOVX: membership offered to all first responders, which will go you 65% off hundreds of retail brands, discounted sports/concert tickets, and even discounted deals travel packages, hotels, amusement parks, and rental cars

Electronics & More

Apple: offers government employees discounts on Mac, IOS devices, and 3rd party products

Sprint: offers up to 25% off monthly service plans for first responders

Verizon: offers 15% off eligible plans and 25% off online accessories for first responders

AT&T: offers 25% off unlimited plans and $15 off monthly TV/Internet rates to active first responders

GameStop: offers 10% off at select outlets with first responder badge or ID

Carid: offers discount to all first responders with a first responder ID

Glock: offer special first responder discounts exclusively through its Blue Label Program

Shooter’s Pro Shop: offers a 10% off discount to first responders when they create and a Shooter’s account

Urban Ops Armory: offers exclusive discounts to first responders with proof of current employment submit a request to: support@uoarmory.com

Wolverine Supplies: offers a 10% discount with a first responder ID

Lockhart Tactical: offer 10% off select brands when you sign up for their Honor Program with a first responder ID

Primary Arms: offers 10% off select brands to first responders with ID, restrictions apply.

FN America: offers discounts to first responders through their LEMD Program

Leatherman: offers discounts to first responders through their Pro Program

Dunamis Rods: offers 20% off fishing rods to first responders, contact customer service for the code at: service@DunamisRods.com


Happy shopping! 🙂

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Firework Safety

Firework Safety

The Fourth of July is a day of patriotism and pride. There’ll be BBQs, picnics, and parades all leading up to fireworks displays in towns and cities across the nation.

Family and friends will also gather for their own fireworks displays. While they can be beautiful and fun, safety groups warn to be safe when setting your own fireworks. All too many of us have known or heard about someone losing a finger, an eye, or suffering severe burns from an accident with one of these hot, exploding devices.

On average, more than 11,000 people are injured annually by fireworks. Young adults ages 20-24 are the most likely to be hurt, followed closely by children ages 5-9; most of the injuries occur on the hands and fingers, head, face and the eyes. Ouch! The National Fire Protection Association warns that even “kid friendly fireworks” like sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees – hotter than the temperatures that melt glass, plastics and some metals – inflicting terrible burns.

If you plan on setting off fireworks this year be safe and have fun! But always be sure to take the proper precautions so no one gets hurt. Follow these essential safety tips when you are shooting fireworks this weekend:

  • Never allow small children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Only light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting it’s fuse and back up a safe distance immediately after lighting
  • Don’t try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse it with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire

Be sure to also protect your home as well! The NFPA also warns that more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, and fireworks account for two-out-of-five of those fires.

Is your home protected? Contact a California Casualty advisor to get a quick policy review at 1.800.800.9410 or visit www.calcas.com.



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First Responders – Enter for Your Chance to Win a $7,500 Garage Makeover

Garage Makeover California CasualtyCalifornia Casualty is thanking first responders with a new Work Hard/Play Hard Sweepstakes. One lucky law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT will receive a $7,500 Garage Makeover.

The winner of the newest Work Hard/Play Hard Sweepstakes will be handed a $7,500 check to create the garage of their dreams.

Imagine the possibilities: new cabinets, custom tool storage, new flooring or even a beverage area to go with a big screen TV.

Whether it’s a gym, workshop, or refuge from the stresses of the day, we want to help you create your ultimate garage. It’s our thanks for the hard work first responders do to keep our communities safer.

“We are grateful for the tough job first responders do every day for all us,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick. “We wanted to show our appreciation and provide a useful way to say thanks.”

The $7,500 Garage Makeover drawing is open to peace officers, EMTs and firefighters – American heroes who work hard and risk their lives. Entries will be accepted through October 31, 2019, at www.policefiregiveaway.com.  The winner will be announced in November.

Previous Work Hard/Play Hard winners have won Liberty Safes, DeWalt Tools, motorcycles, and cash. Past winners include an Oregon Police officer, Colorado Sheriff’s captain, Firefighters from California, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania and a California Highway Patrolman.

Best Firefighter Quotes – International Firefighters’ Day

Best Firefighter Quotes – International Firefighters’ Day

The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor sport, or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak. –Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999 best firefighter quotes

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. –Edward F. Croker

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine. –Kurt Vonnegut

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death, can erase our good deeds. –Buddha

More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself. –Kevin Smith

Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, & how to be free from it, that’s the point. Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune. –Francis Quarles

That’s the life, being a fireman. It sure beats being a ballplayer. I’d rather be a fireman. –Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods to honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out? –John Godfrey Saxe

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. –Thucydides

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow. That’s what courage is. –General Norman Schwarzkopf

A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted. –Andrew Bernstein

The hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. –Andrew Bernstein

Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. –Baltasar Gracian

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. –Christopher Reeve

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments. –Kevin Costner

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. –Joseph Campbell

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed. –Bob Riley

If the smoke is moving faster than you can, you have been warned! –”The Art of Reading Smoke”

Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. –William Shakespeare

Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out. –H.J Vandyke

To me, there’s only 5 real jobs in America: Police Officers, Teachers, Firefighters, Doctors, and the Military Service. –Charles Barkely

And where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. –William Shakespe

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. –General George Patton

Courage isn’t that you can see what lies ahead; courage means you will advance not knowing but doing at all costs. –Byron Pulsifer

Firefighters never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved. –Susan Murphree

The truth about plume dominated fire is like a forward pass in football. Three things can happen and two of them are bad. –R. Rothermel

The most tangible of all visible mysteries – fire. –Leigh Hunt

Waiting, prepared to serve, is serving. –Chief Mike West best firefighter quotes

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets. –George S. Patton

There are no new lessons to be learned from this fire; only old lessons that tragically went unheeded. –Percy Bugbee

Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid. –Franklin P. Jones

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. –Omar Bradley

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice. –Chief Edward F. Croker

Fight till the last gasp. –William Shakespeare

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brace by doing brave acts. –Aristotle

The brave man is not he who feels no fear, for that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fear subdues, and bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. –Joanna Baillie

Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. –Lucius C. Lactantius

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. –G.K. Chesterton

We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more. –Madame Swetchine

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. –Buddha

No path of flowers leads to glory. –Jean de La Fontaine

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear. –Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Be bold and mighty powers will come to your aid. –Basil King

Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited. –Rose Dorothy Freeman

There are no great men, only ordinary men, who have met extraordinary challenges. –Admiral Halsey

A plan is nothing; planning is everything. –General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. –General George Patton

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – there are consequences. –Robert Ingersol

Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear — not the absence of fear. –Mark Twain

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. –Sophocles

The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The Pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic and terrible waste of time. –E. Bliss

None of us is as smart as all of us. –Eric Schmidt best firefighter quotes

Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you are tired — you quit when the gorilla is tired. –Robert Strauss

Don’t prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation. The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready. –Steven Pressfield

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn. –Miguel De Cervantes

A superior person is one who when safe does not forget about danger, and who in times of order does not forget about disorder. –Chinese Song dynasty

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy. –Norman Schwarzkopf

The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done. –Theodore Roosevelt

Training produces the skills; Circumstance provides the opportunity; Experience instills true knowledge. –Unknown

I think that anyone who says that he can predict a fire season with any accuracy has to be either absolutely brilliant, or God’s own fool and I’m not either one. So I’m not even gonna try. –Unknown

In fire you can plan everything out to the minute, and a minute before that — everything changes. –Dan Felix

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. –Nelson Mandela

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. –Henry Ford

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. –Aldous Huxley

None knows the weight of another’s burden. –George Herbert best firefighter quotes

When you are making a success of something, it’s not work. It’s a way of life. You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world. –A Granatelli

A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage. –S. Smith

An effective human being is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. –Ida P. Rolf

There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It’s up to you to find it, and you can. –David Viscott

When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing… you are doing what you were meant to be doing. –Gary Zukav best firefighter quotes

The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of this life, when the nobody is looking, that the spirit falters. –Alan Bennett

Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.  –Tim Tebow

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up. –Antoine De Saint-Exupery

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. –H. G. Wells best firefighter quotes

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. –Ernest Hemingway

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. –Socrates

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals. –Charles Kuralt

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. –Bruce Lee best firefighter quotes

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. –Willa Cather

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work. –Jack Nicklaus

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First Responders – Be Kind to Your Heart

The men and women of public safety are tough, in control, and working to put others ahead of themselves. It takes a lot of “heart” to do the job. If you wear a uniform, be aware that your risk of heart disease might be higher than the general population.

First Responder Heart Health

February is Heart Month – a reminder that we all need to take care of our hearts so we will be around to celebrate many more Valentine’s Days with our loved ones.

The Risk  

Being a first responder is one of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. Long shifts, life and death situations, and strenuous physical exertion can take a toll on the heart. A number of studies involving law enforcement officers found sudden cardiac deaths accounted for 10 percent of all on-duty police deaths in the U.S.

Cardiovascular disease was found to be the primary on-duty and lifetime mortality risk for firefighters.

The danger increased for first responders who were diabetic, overweight, smoked, used excessive alcohol and didn’t exercise.

Female officers, firefighters and EMTs also need to pay attention. Their rates of heart disease and heart attack have increased, and the Centers for Disease Control lists heart disease as the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.


While we may not be able to reduce the stress involved with public safety, there are clear steps that can cut your risk of heart disease:

  1. If you smoke, quit
  2. Improve and control cholesterol levels
  3. Reduce high blood pressure
  4. Exercise
  5. Eat a heart-healthy diet
  6. Get to a healthy weight
  7. Get adequate sleep
  8. Reduce alcohol intake
  9. Begin aspirin therapy

Police and fire organizations are now calling for mandatory medical exams, wellness and fitness requirements and annual physical fitness performance evaluations. They also recommend that individuals buddy-up and create workout groups, walking clubs and other physical challenges in for their departments.

Law enforcement officers can find heart-healthy tips at https://www.officer.com/command-hq/supplies-services/healthcare/article/20998653/heart-disease-and-law-enforcement.

Firefighters can go to https://healthy-firefighter.org/.


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