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Heroes Among Us: Featuring Firefighters as Role Models (F.A.R.M.)

The “Heroes Among Us” story series will be released twice monthly, featuring local heroes and organizations that exemplify the Totally Texas, All American spirit that is the fabric of the Gainesville Community. Stories are contributed by the City of Gainesville, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Economic Development Corporation, Gainesville Independent School District, and North Central Texas College.

The terms “Firefighter” and “hero” are often synonymous, but the two are always the same for Gainesville Fire Rescue employees who participate in the Firefighters As Role Models (FARM) program. 

These brave individuals go beyond fighting fires and protecting homes and businesses in Gainesville – they go into the classrooms of Edison and W. E. Chalmers Elementary Schools at Gainesville Independent School District and become a resource to students who need them most.

When helping to create the FARM program, Assistant Fire Chief Jason James envisioned developing relationships between those students who lacked a positive male role model and ever-present firefighters, where the students would be taught courtesy, respect and other good manners, in hopes their behavior in class would be improved and their self-worth enhanced.  “We just want to be an asset to GISD,” said James. 

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