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O.C.'s "Firefighters for Christ" Leaves for Haiti
by: Ivy Jelden
Two FFC members wait to depart to Haiti.
Two FFC members wait to depart to Haiti.

A team of 14 members from the Laguna Hills base for the International Organization of Firefighters for Christ left Thursday, January 21st, to offer help to the nation of Haiti. Experienced and well-trained, many of the firefighters who set out for Haiti also participated in relieving disasters such as Ground Zero, Katrina, and the California forest fires.

They will play a significant role in the disaster relief joining others who are sacrificially giving of themselves at this time. John White, the president of Firefighters for Christ says: “The beauty of taking over this group is with their particular background is that they won’t have culture shock and with their wellspring of talent they can help the thousands of children and adults.”

The special force left with medical supplies and a trained pediatric nurse. The professional firemen have fine-tuned skills in the area of Urban Search and Rescue, building collapse, emergency medicine, emergency building shoring, trench rescue, and confined space rescue. Every member is either a paramedic or an EMT, and one or more have knowledge of multiple languages, Christian relief experience, and construction knowledge. Their goal is to help the spiritual and physical needs of those involved with these extreme circumstances.

John White, will head the second team departing to Haiti on February 2 and returning on the 11th. John and his wife Jane saw the first team off last night and are excited how American Airlines treated them. John retold the story enthusiastically: “When one of the personnel caught wind of the firefighters who were on the plane, she arranged for our medical supply boxes and other heavy baggage to be put on board without charge, including the next trip on February 2.”

The team will work alongside Youth with a Mission, a ministry with an established presence and operation of Haiti. These firefighters are focused and intense about helping the Haitian people. With all of their superb skills and experience, they will make a significant difference in the relief effort.

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Ivy Jelden has a column in the OC Register/Saddleback News called “Faith In The Valley.” She currently writes and publishes an online magazine, "Lemon-Aide." Jelden has also authored a restaurant and spa guidebook for Southern California. In her spare time, Jelden enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and meeting new people.

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