Why do I see firefighters at stores when they are working?

Firefighters work a 24-hour shift and must remain in the station or a fire department vehicle available for emergency response at all times. Therefore, all of the firefighter’s meals are eaten in the station. Firefighters are permitted to go to the store during the day to purchase items needed for these meals.

At other times, fire department vehicles are at local businesses while on official business such as inspections, performing training or education, or even answering questions or complaints. There are many public services performed by your fire department on a daily basis.

Finally, firefighters also routinely shop for needed fire department supplies and equipment.

Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the firefighters and ask questions. Just don’t be offended if they have to rush off!