USA Fire Hose Flag
The first USA Fire Hose Flag was a station project that I instigated. I had a great crew who loved to make their station ‘better than they found it’. They may not have loved projects as much as I did, but they definitely put their best foot forward with this project. We created the project in early fall 2015. It still hangs in the station even though many of us moved onto other stations. We had a solid crew for about 8 years . However, many had been at the station for much longer than that.
I don’t think people realize exactly how much work goes into making one of these flags if you do it correctly. It was definitely beneficial that the first creation was a group project. All of the USA Fire Hose Flags since then have been a solo project with myself being the only creator. It is the number one thing friends ask if I will make for them. However, it seems that I only make the time to create one a year and all those have been donated to charity events by me and not been items for personal profit or gifts. The second flag that I created was in 2016 for the Krodle Foundation’s charity event of the Christmas Jam.
My third USA Fire Hose Flag creation was created barely in time for the Firefighter Ball/Colbert Project in August of 2017. I was down to the wire. I think it ends up taking me about 2 weeks to complete a flag from beginning to end if I already have the hose power washed and dry. I am in awe of people who can do it quicker.
I enjoy volunteering and donating to the Firefighter Ball. The one night event makes such an impact on so many people and ultimately benefits the named recipient significantly as well. I started creating and donating items to them in 2014 but my first flag donation was a Texas flag in 2016. It did well but, it never competes with how well my USA Fire Hose Flags do at their live auction. So when the Firefighter Ball of 2018 rolled around, I once again donated a USA Fire Hose Flag That was my fourth USA flag to create. The dates proved my point that I only have created this flag once a year . 2015 – to my station as a station project
2016 – to the Krodle Foundation
2017 – to the Firefighter Ball
2018 – to the Firefighter Ball.
In comparison to my one USA Fire Hose Flag creation a year, I usually am able to make 3 Texas Fire Hose Flag per year to donate. The Texas flag is so much easier of a project to create. The design is simple and the whole project does not take near the time frame.
The 6th Annual Firefighter Ball for 2019 is just around the corner. Here I am still trying to create and it is just days away. Talk about creating extra stress for myself! I have a rustic Texas Fire Hose Flag completely done and ready. With only 6 days before the event, I am still trying to finish the USA Flag. If I can get it completed to my standards before the event, I will actually need to decide which will be the chosen flag to donate this year. So the question is do I switch it up and donate a Texas flag or stay to the proven big bucks for the charity of the USA? What’s your vote?