As soon as this happened and the coronavirus started to spread
and the word got out that people were going to be initially sequestered at home
and the vulnerable population, our seniors, 65 and older
and those with medical, vulnerable medical conditions
were going to be remanded home prior to everybody being home,
we really wanted to encourage our seniors and those who shouldnt be outside, to stay inside.
And so, we thought, why dont we try to help them by providing essential needs
and going to the grocery store, picking up their medicine, delivering it to them.
Remember to keep your social distance from these people.
We are trying to not get them sick.So, wear a mask.If you dont have one, grab one before you go.
Wear gloves if youd like to.
I work upstairs in dispatch.So, I never had to wear one of these.
We take the order the day prior.The next morning, we have volunteers,
people that are coming in on their day off and are going to the store,shopping for them and then delivering it to those seniors.
Weve helped 60 seniors throughout our community so far.
The service isnt free.We are not buying your groceries for you.
We do front the money.Our Glendale Fire Foundation gave us money to be able to buy groceries upfront
and then when we deliver them,the senior or the person with a medical condition pays us for the groceries weve bought.
So, it doesnt cost them anything other than what we bought for them.
On my list here, I have spinach, asparagus, pineapple.
Youve got to remember that youre touching things with your gloves
and so you have to get new gloves every so often too, you know,
because if you keep touching things,
its just going to keep on infecting everything with your dirty gloves.
So, its smart to carry around like the hand sanitizer
and use it often and stuff like that.
Eggplant, broccoli, mushrooms, dry lentil beans, salsa and vegetable broth.
And it looks like they are going to make some soup.
Oh yeah, the vanilla ice cream! Thats the most important thing.
Do you want Dreyers or regular? Oh, Dreyers for sure. Yeah.
Gotta get the good stuff.
Hes got nothing but, like cleaning supplies. And ice cream.
My dad was a firefighter.My sister is in law-enforcement but I am totally afraid of blood.
Being able to dispatch, I get to help people
and I dont have to see blood or deal with any of that.
Hi maam! Is this Donalds caretaker?
Hi, its the Glendale Fire Department.I know you had said that you werent going be there until 10:30,
but Donald asked for ice cream and we dont want it to melt
and so, we were wondering if we were able to drop it off now?
She said he wont understand that he needs to pay and write a check.
And so, she said shell try to get there around 10:10.
So, he might just have some melted ice cream.
Thats the big thing about dispatches.We are on the phone with these people.
Were helping them give CPR, but we never find out the outcome.
We are always...So, its nice to be able to physically be here and help.
You are a blessing, believe me. I thank God for you. Glad we could be here.
So basically, its only me and my wife that I see.I dont go to any of my brothers houses or my family members houses.
I dont see anybody anymore.
For me thats tough because I come from a rather large family
and we do family gatherings on a weekly basis.
When I go home, Ill have to quarantine myself from my son for a couple days.
So, I am not going to be able to see him.
So, just like everybody else, I am trying to do my part to limit the spread of this disease.
We were wondering, are you making soup tonight?
Yeah, I thought lentil soup sounded like a very good thing. There you go.
…..especially since the weather…..The rain coming…..
To be honest, since I was a child, Ive always wanted to be a firefighter.
And thats pretty much all I ever knew.So, like there is just something about being a firefighter that just drew me.
The big equipment, the going into fires, helping people.
All that stuff just played into who I am as a person and who I wanted to be.