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YOUR Waco Professionals!

     Waco Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local-478, is the professional association of firefighters for the City of Waco, Texas. Even though our name tells of our main purpose, the wellbeing and safety of Waco firefighters, we are much more than our name implies.

     Your Waco Professionals, as we have come to be known, takes part in many different organizations and programs throughout the year that all work to help those in our community from all walks of life, who are in need. As a part of the IAFF, we are commonly thought of during the nationwide Fill the Boot campaign with MDA. However, we are also proud to help with other fundraisers and charities, such as “Food for Families” and Miracle Match Marathon.

     As firefighters, we feel a need to do what is right and necessary to help those around us, family or stranger, in their times of need. Though we have chosen to make that our profession, and our organizations goal is to take care of our brother and sister firefighters, we as an association also have a passion for doing what we can to make our community better for all.

     Thank you for your support, and for visiting our website. Have a look around, and be sure to also check out our merchandise selections, either here or on Waco Fire Apparel FB page.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @Waco478 !!

 We are here to support each other, our community, and our citizens.

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That looks amazing!

Yes it’s beautiful! I grew up in that neighborhood & I’m so glad to see this!!

Just passed it on the job, with Waco Transit. I was surprised to see the theatre sign lit up.

So awesome. I spent lots of shifts at old 6.

My dad, a Waco fireman for many years, would have loved it.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!

Waco Professional Firefighters will be having its annual Scholarship Fundraiser reverse raffle on February 5, 2022. Tickets are $125 for you and a guest to receive a night of eats, drinks, live music, and a chance to win $5,000!!

Please like, share, and contact us to find out how to get a ticket today!

Hurry, because seats are limited and sell out quickly!
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!

Waco Professional Firefighters will be having its annual Scholarship Fundraiser reverse raffle on February 5, 2022. Tickets are $125 for you and a guest to receive a night of eats, drinks, live music, and a chance to win $5,000!!

Please like, share, and contact us to find out how to get a ticket today!

Hurry, because seats are limited and sell out quickly!

While working at a 2-alarm apartment fire today, one of your Waco Professionals had to switch roles for a few minutes and keep a child company while other personnel assisted parents with salvage of personal belongings.
These extra steps during tragic times are what we are here for, and we are proud Firefighter Karl was there to make the difference.
#wacofire
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While working at a 2-alarm apartment fire today, one of your Waco Professionals had to switch roles for a few minutes and keep a child company while other personnel assisted parents with salvage of personal belongings.
   These extra steps during tragic times are what we are here for, and we are proud Firefighter Karl was there to make the difference.
#wacofire

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There is the intensity of battling a fire that is destroying someone’s home, then there is the humanity, kindness and gentleness of caring. Thank you for allowing us to catch a glimpse of that side we often forget. God bless all who protect us.

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Excellent job!

God bless you all.

So proud of son. I always pray for your safety, and for the safety of all your firefighter brothers and sisters.

He’s a good.

Thank you for ALL y'all do! Have a safe and Blessed day!

Civil service at its best! Way to go Dylan Karl!

Human kindness!

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Amen! Thank y’all!

Thank you to all who participated, making a difficult time a little brighter and helping patients forget for just a moment the situation they’re in. Merry Christmas! 🎄

Thank you to all who participated, helping patients have a little brighter Christmas season despite their situation. Merry Christmas, and God bless you and your families!

Timeline photosHOLIDAY TRUCK AROUND TOWN --- Tonight is the last night, Waco! If you're out shopping, watch our nightly post. The truck will be around town parking for bit in case you want to take photos or bring the little ones to say hello!

TRACK IT online and TAG your sightings with #wacofire and get out there and wave! Tracker (Turn on Special Event Layer #1-zoom out on map): ow.ly/MeHg50HimLj
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The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!

Waco Professional Firefighters will be having its annual Scholarship Fundraiser reverse raffle on February 5, 2022. Tickets are $125 for you and a guest to receive a night of eats, drinks, live music, and a chance to win $5,000!!

Please like, share, and contact us to find out how to get a ticket today!

Hurry, because seats are limited and sell out quickly!
While working at a 2-alarm apartment fire today, one of your Waco Professionals had to switch roles for a few minutes and keep a child company while other personnel assisted parents with salvage of personal belongings.
   These extra steps during tragic times are what we are here for, and we are proud Firefighter Karl was there to make the difference.
#wacofire
Tonight, someone at Luigi's Of Woodway spread a little Holiday Cheer and had the generosity to pay for the dinner of our Station 11 crews (Engine-11, Truck-11). While they chose to keep it a secret, not even telling the crews about it when they did it, we hope that maybe they would see this and know that your Waco Professionals are extremely grateful for the meal! Thank you, milkbottlecookies!
Today, we remember the 343 firefighters that made the Ultimate Sacrifice for strangers in need. The memory of that day is as chilling now, 20 years later, as it was the moment it happened. It is difficult to believe that two decades have passed, but it is even tougher to try to find the number of true heroes that were involved in every event of that day.
3,000 lives were lost on that day, but countless others were saved by the actions of so many, uniformed and civilian. Let us Never Forget that day.

#neverforget #GodBlessAmerica #PatriotDay
Your Waco Professionals are teamed up with members of the City of Hewitt Fire Department on the deployment to Louisiana. As a part of TIFMAS, crews are sometimes mixed together to work on other departments apparatus, which just goes to show the versatility of the fire service family.
This is Rawling. He was with his grandmother who had gotten out of her car to go inside a local daycare to pick up his younger sibling. On her way into the facility she fell and injured herself. He jumped out of the car to run to her aid. He also alerted the staff to her injuries. He did not hesitate. We have promoted him to honorary jr firefighter for his quick thinking and bravery. Great job Rawling! Posted with parental consent.
This week, several members of Local-478 have been in Rockwall at the 47th Biennial Convention of the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters working to better the representation, benefits, and safety of Texas Firefighters.
We are glad to say that we believe this year has been a success!
I am proud of the commitment these guys have  shown, and the job they have performed this entire week. And we look forward to #TSAFF2023 with our brothers and sisters at El Paso Fire Fighters Local 51 

--Local 478 VP
Finally after a COVID postponement, we get to wish a congratulations to Retired City Manager Wiley Stem! Thank you for your service to the City of Waco for 44 years!
We are down to about 15 tickets for this weekend, let us know now if you would like one. $125 gets you dinner and drinks for two. Live music, auctions, door prizes and TWO chances at $5,000!
E-7 and AMR participated in a 3 year olds Birthday party today on Washington Avenue!
#wacofire 
#makingadifference
We still have a limited amount of tickets left for our Waco Professional Scholarship fundraiser. Tickets are good for two people and include an evening of food, drinks, live entertainment, raffles, and a shot at $5000 in cash. Tickets are $125, the event is on June 26th @ the Lee Lockwood Library on Waco Dr. Please help the Waco Firefighters children by attending this event!
Your Waco Professionals would like to wish you a Happy, and SAFE, Memorial Day weekend 2021!!

Let us all remember the purpose of this weekend. To spend time with those dear to us, and to Honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the great United States of America.

While we enjoy this weekend and hope you have a great time, let's touch on a few safety points, so that you won't have to spend your long weekend getting a visit from us:

1. If you will be in, or near the water, please be sure to have a life jacket, even if you know how to swim.

2. Be safe and drive defensively on the roads, especially at night. Ensure everyone wears their seat belt, properly. Plan your route prior to passing through an area you are unfamiliar with. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE, and NO Texting while driving either!

3. Keep grills, smokers, campfires, or other outdoor cooking appliances away from structures. Do not dump hot ashes in the trash can or dumpsters.

*REMEMBER, any open flame not for cooking purposes is illegal within the city limits of Waco.

And finally..
5. Please keep a lookout for any emergency personnel on the roadways, slow down, and move over.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!
Station 5-B had a special visitor today that asked for a picture after he saw the guys washing E-5. Thanks for stopping by!!

Fun Fact: Firefighters like to keep their machines clean for several reasons;

1.) We take pride in our equipment, and like to keep our rigs looking professional.

2.) Keeping your vehicle clean is part of a proper maintenance plan, ensuring that any issues are able to be noticed and repaired quickly.

3.) We are forced to use these apparatus for long periods of time (sometimes up to 20+ years), and the better care we can take care of it, the longer it can be in service.

4.) You, the taxpayer, have entrusted to us a highly valuable piece of equipment and we will do our best to take care of your investment.
Local 478 wishes to acknowledge Lieutenant John Linda today. When he began shift this morning he celebrated his 42nd year with the Waco Fire Department. Thank you John for your dedication to the citizens of Waco! (LT. Linda 3rd from left)
Local 478’s Annual Scholarship fundraiser tickets are now for sale! Don’t miss the opportunity to support Waco Fire Fighters graduates. Limited amount of tickets available! Hosted June 26th @ the Lee Lockwood Library.
Support one of our own for W.I.S.D School Board.
The Baylor Bears Baylor Basketball are National Champions!! #sicem
Ba-da-Ba-Ba-Ba, We're Lovin It!!

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO TROOPER CHAD WALKER'S FAMILY

We are asking our members and our Heart of Texas community to support the Walker family by visiting one of the eight McDonalds located in Waco, Lacy Lakeview and Robinson between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. on Friday April 2nd. Thanks to 100 Club of Heart of Texas.

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January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth.
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer!
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
January is #FFCancerMonth
Let's work together to #FightFFCancer
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
From all of us at your Waco Professionals, we would like to wish you a very Merry, and Safe, Christmas!
The Waco Professional firefighters would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Please think about all the service workers and all others who are on duty today.
Today, we honor ALL veterans who have served our Great Nation. Many of your Waco Professionals are veterans, from those in the stations, to our mechanics shop, to our radio shop; and we are proud of our brothers for the time in their lives that they have sacrificed to serve others.
Waco Fire Department Softball has pulled it off and is coming home from Las Vegas as Champions!!
As we wake up this morning to "National First Responders Day," Local-478 would like to express our gratitude to the wonderful, and dedicated individuals of the several different agencies we work with to serve our community. Together with you, we will always get the job done. Thank You, Waco Police Department/Waco Police Association, AMR Waco, Mclennan County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and all other agencies within McLennan County and our region.
Waco Professionals are saddened to hear about the loss of one of our AMR Waco colleagues. Our hearts go out from our family to yours.
Jeffrey Place Healthcare was kind enough to provide a BBQ lunch for Station 8-B today. Thank y'all!
Though today marks 19 years, We Will Never Forget. #neverforget #GodBlessTheUSA
The Waco Firefighters hope you have a fun but safe holiday, but if you need us we're here...
For nearly a week, your Waco Professionals have been working as a part of Strike Team 20-113, working on two seperate fires. Today, they are wrapping up the "Gate 5 Fire" north of Brady, which has burned 12,343 acres and is 95% contained. They also initially assisted on the "Buffalo Creek Fire" that was 3,400 acres in size.
Waco Police Department, since basketball wasn't enough, let's keep going until y'all find something you can beat us at.. 🤣😉
Another local restaurant fixing our guys up with dinner. Thank you to Revival Eastside Eatery for the meals this evening. Go check them out when the doors are able to open.
Thank you to Chick-fil-A for feeding the guys at Stations #1 & #4 today, we are blessed to have businesses like you in our community!
Thank you to Lucy’s Cafe for feeding the guys at station #1 tonight, we are blessed to have businesses like you in our community!
Thank You to Revival Eastside Eatery for providing food to our guys at Station #1 today!
Thanks to Jordan Alders with Local Life Realty for feeding the guys at Station 11 tonight! We appreciate it!
A huge shout out and Thank you to El Conquistador for providing food today to Station #8. 

#ourcommunityisthebest
Happy Easter from our family to yours!
Thanks to Cheddars, JPetal and Lula Janes for feeding the guys at Station 1 for the last couple of days!
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