Although the word “firefighter” is popularly used to describe any fire-fighting professional, in the usage within this section it is a specific designation indicating a delimited rank and position within a fire-fighting organization. Ever since the Founding Fathers began America’s first fire department, firefighters have dedicated themselves to protecting our country’s citizens and communities. As the first responders in almost every emergency situation, firefighters are noted for their elite firefighting ability, physical skill, and mental preparedness.
The feet on the ground of a fire-fighting operation, the firefighter is responsible for much of the actual hands-on actions that put fires out and save people’s lives. The firefighter handles hoses, manages placement strategy, operates a panoply of fire-rescue equipment, applies numerous sophisticated technologies and methodologies, and is often one to search, find, and rescue victims. Operating in natural disasters, extreme heat or cold, and toxic and explosive atmospheres – these skilled professionals are the “feet on the street” who perform their duties in some of the most hazardous and lethal environments in the world.
This firefighter coin proudly commemorates the efforts of all those who battle the smoke and flames each day to keep their fellow Americans safe.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.