We have been posting the ringing out of alarm code 5-5-5 video for close to a year now on our social media pages. We do this for every reported Line of Duty Death in the United States when the USFA sends out an email notification. We were unsure of how this tribute would be seen by our followers. As with everything on social media, it has been met with mixed reviews.
When people ask us the meaning of our name, this video is the simplest explanation, especially to those not in the fire service. It’s part of the tradition and respect we at 555 Fitness all hold sacred. It’s our way of honoring our brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Just as our name is meant to be a reminder of our mission. At times, we don’t post the bell for a few weeks and we think we are gaining ground. Then a day like today happens, where we have to post it twice.
I said before, that this video and our name has been met with mixed reviews. Our critics say it’s too morose, too in your face, too much of a reminder of the sad side of our service. We don’t really argue that, however, how are we going to change a problem that is plaguing the fire service, without attacking it head on? We all need to work together to create a positive change, and if the numbers 5-5-5 cause us to unite, then we are on the road to success.
We have also had an extremely positive response to the bell video. Several departments and family members of the fallen have thanked us or paid tribute to their fallen colleagues on our page. One of today’s videos had a comment that really struck a cord with me, it read “One of the last days in our fire 2 class…Fritz hung a bell in the back of the classroom for future classes to ring when there is a LODD…never thought we’d be ringing it for him”. This act, only echoes the exact sentiment of what 555 Fitness is trying to do. We did not know “Fritz”, and he may have never heard of 555 Fitness, however, his actions that day, directly represent the same dedication we have to our mission.
At times, running a Not For Profit, with little to no experience has gotten extremely frustrating for me. Even to the point that I thought this may not even be worth it. Each and every time I get hung up, or we have a setback, or the bank account is not where I would like it to be, fate steps in. Comments like the one above appear, and I know all of our hard work is well worth it. 5-5-5 Firefighter Fitness set out with one goal in mind and some good “ideas” on how to get there. Those “ideas” haven’t always worked out, however, our goal stays the same and we will not stop until it is achieved.
Thank you to everyone who has ever commented or shared a story as a tribute on our bell videos. Please know that everyone at 555 Fitness reads them, appreciates them, and appreciates you for sharing a bit about your friend or family member with us.