While you’re taking time off to enjoy the holiday, first responders are on the clock this Thanksgiving. So to say thank you, many community residents stepped up to participate in the annual Adopt a Fire Station. This is where businesses and residents “adopt” a fire station and brings the fire crew a hot meal. 16 Fire stations were adopted so far this holiday season. The Sheraton Vistana Resort
adopted 3 fire stations and help feed up to 40 firefighters.
The resort cooked eggs, potatoes, sausages, French toast, and more for the crew at Fire Station 35 in Windermere.
“It’s just a small way that we can show our appreciation for all they do for us,” said the general manager for the Sheraton Vistana Resort Glen Vlasic.
“It’s just really great that the community steps up and shows appreciation. We’re here; we obviously love being here, best job in the world but here for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Lieutenant Wayne Dorminey. And every second counts when an emergency call comes in, so they have to be ready.
“It’s just like every other day. The engines and the rescues to make sure they’re in working order,” said the Orange County Battalion Chief Renee Stone.
Firefighters say but having time to build that relationship with the community outside an emergency is priceless.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has made “Adopt a Fire Station” an annual event for the past 4 years. The goal is to have all 41 Orange County fire stations adopted throughout the holiday season.