Christmas is that time of year everyone likes to gather together and spend time with family members and celebrate Jesus, life, love, and companionship for each other.
Sometimes Christmas for those who have chosen to be firefighters are not able to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with family and friends because they have to be on-duty on Christmas Eve for their 24 hour shift and then get mandatory overtime and have to work Christmas Day.
This Christmas Eve the third shift was on-duty to celebrate the holiday and to respond to any emergency that may occur during 24 hour time period of Christmas Eve.
This year like in years past Santa Claus came by and visited all the fire stations in Mobile Alabama to bring a little joy, give each firefighter a candy cane, and with everyone a merry Christmas.
Firefighters become like brothers and sisters around the fire house and each firefighter has their way of expressing their comradeship with one another during the Christmas holiday season.
Firefighters at Tapia Fire Station on the third shift are a close knit group and this year like in years past each crew member of Ladder Truck 5 brought in a Christmas gift to give to other members assigned to Ladder Truck 5.
Firefighter Darrell Farmer received a subway gift card from the driver, a RE:SOLVE multifunctional tool from the captain, and a bag of chocolate candy from the firefighter crew who are assigned to Ladder Truck 5 third shift.
Firefighter Darrell Farmer gave each member on Ladder Truck 5 a HDX 23 piece 1/4in Drive Set multifunctional tool as a Christmas gift as his way of expressing his comradeship with the members on Ladder Truck 5 third shift at Tapia Fire Station.
This Christmas will also be the last Christmas the crew members of Ladder Truck 5 will celebrate Christmas with their captain at Tapia Fire Station because he will begin retirement after January 2013.
The night before Christmas and all through the fire house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The bunker gear was hung by the fire truck with care
In hopes that they would not have to go out nowhere
Firefighters were nestled all snug in their beds
With visions of three alarms dancing in their heads
And the chiefs in their kerchiefs and captains in caps
Were all settled down for a nice winters nap
When out in the engine room there arose such a clatter
Firefighters sprang from their beds to see what was the matter
Away to the window firefighters flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash
When, what to firefighters wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature fire truck , and eight tiny , fire flies
And firefighters heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight-
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.