Make a Difference Day

Thank you to the Oakfield Fire Department for working with the American Red Cross on our Make a Difference Day Project.  We delivered fire prevention door hangers in the rural communities in Fond du Lac County. By partnering with the Oakfield Fire Department, and were able to deliver door hangers to the entire Village of Oakfield. Thank you for making a difference!

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Brenton Ward

When local fire departments heard the American Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts again. This year increased need has exhausted the disaster response budget so their efforts are much needed. Local firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the American  Red Cross – TODAY!  Thursday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners so this year we are spotlighting supporting firefighters and  Red Cross Disaster volunteers. You might only see these partners together during a disaster response or during the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade for the American Red Cross so we are happy they  took the time to answer our questions.

Brenton Ward is the Manager of Public Relations/Public Education with the Suamico Fire Department and was kind enough to answer our questions. 

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? Since I was a little kid.

What do most people not know about your job? The amout of time, planning and coordination that goes into making PR/Pub Ed events a success.

What are you most proud of?  That is a hard question.  I would have to say my girlfriend Kim and her Son, Trent.  They put up a lot of time taken away by me doing this.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? To give back to my community.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? Nice people, easy to work with.  They really do what ever they can to help people.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My Hero…..  Hmmmm….. That would have to be my Dad.  He has always been there and formed me to be the being I am today.

For more information and a list of Bucket Brigade locations across northeast Wisconsin, please visit http://www.newredcross.org.

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on CJ Brodbeck

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners, so we asked CJ Brodbeck a few questions. For the past 4 years CJ has been a Fire fighter and public educator at the Suamico Fire Department.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? My involvement with the department was accidental. I graduated college with a degree in police science and through friends was introduced to it. From there I fell in love with it.

What do most people not know about your job? Not many people understand the prep work that goes into setting up an event including anything from a simple talk to a grade school class, or a village wide open house.

What are you most proud of? I’m most proud of my entire Dept. with all the training issues in the fire service right now something like (90%) of my Dept. is trained to a level 3 times of what is recommended by the fire commission. This comes with considerable time and involvement by each member.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? As long as I can remember the Disaster Volunteers have been at every major event not only for the victims, but also for us in the fire service so its nice to be able to assist them for a change.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? The Red Cross is made up of a bunch of folks that love their community as much as I do. Which is why we all do, what we do.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My hero would have to be my older brother. Apart from being a military veteran and excellent single dad, he always seems to be there when I have needed him.

Thank you CJ, for your love of your community. You can spot CJ and more of our heroes from the Suamico Fire Department on Thursday, May 27 at Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

Our heroes from the Pulaski Fire Department will also be at Smurawa Bakery, 204 East Pulaski St., on Saturday May 22, from 7 am – Noon.