Fire service members are close-knit brotherhood: they share a common bond, risking their lives every day not just to extinguish blazes, but support each other while doing so. Firehouse lingo is a very specific vocabulary used by emergency personnel, and their training and job environment unites them as a group. In short, they are a subculture.
Firefighters everywhere enjoy cycling in their time off. There are more than a million firefighting personnel in the U.S., and many of them stay in shape by feeling a different kind of burn—that sweet burn that comes from a 50 mile ride. They ride to relax after an exhausting day saving lives, or to stay in shape between calls. It’s so popular in fact that Firefighters Cycling, a Washington-based club, has competed in events and supported firefighting districts since 1996.
Riding subculture and firefighting subculture combine with this particular organization, and their support has inspired other fire stations in districts across the US to take up a cause and get on a bike. The 2014 Firefighter 50 Bike Ride begins on July 27, 2014 in Westminster, MD with fully supported rides of varying lengths, with all proceeds benefiting the Firefighters of Pleasant Valley.
On March 19th, an 18-day, 1,400 mile trek began from the World Trade Center Ground Zero in New York city to the Navy SEAL Memorial in Fort Pierce, Florida, and New York Firefighters rode this extraordinary distance, anywhere from 50 to 130 miles per day, transporting a 14-foot steel beam from the rubble of the World Trade Center to be presented at the Navy SEAL memorial when they arrive. This ride, the FDNY Ride for the Trident House or “Trident Ride,” reached its destination April 7, 2014.
As you can see, cycling culture DOES have a place in the firehouse, and firefighters everywhere are getting in on the trend. If you are a firefighter, or would like to show your support for these brave men and women, pick up an American Firefighter Men’s Cycling Jersey from Ecyclingstore.