Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift Ideas from Chief Mike Hatfield

Novel Gift Giving Ideas for the Holiday Season
(For the person who seems to have everything)

First Off, let me say that only a Fire Chief would possibly think the following gift is worth giving but please hear me out. Answer the following riddles. What gift would be appreciated if needed, but not necessarily something that a person would want to have to use? What is one of the cheapest forms of fire insurance you can own? And finally, what gift can you give that might save a life or valued property for less than $25? Give up? Now given that a Fire Chief is asking the questions, the obvious answer has to be a “Fire Extinguisher”. For under $25, a durable dry powder fire extinguisher with at least a 2A10BC fire rating can be purchased at almost any hardware store. You might say that the person you care for already has a fire extinguisher; fine, but does that person have two? One Extinguisher is not enough when you look at all the places a fire extinguisher could be needed. A fire extinguisher can be stored and needed in the car, kitchen, boat, RV or garage to name just a few of the places that come to my mind. That’s my pitch for fire extinguishers, but an equally inexpensive story about the need for First Aid Kits, Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors could apply as well. Just one last thought while you are wrapping that boring gift, make sure a candy cane or some sweet confection is tied to the present. Albeit that a valuable safety gift is needed, “Man does not live by a Fire Extinguishers alone”.


  1. Thanks for sharing. If you are looking to promote your brand in a unique way or want to add that special touch to your gifting solutions, an ideal option is to use customized gifts like t-shirts, pens, mugs, bags which have your company logo imprinted on them.

  2. Great pitch, Chief Hatfield. I make a similar plea for giving the gift of a library card to a child. It's a gift that keeps giving all year.

  3. While people may have different views still good things should always be appreciated. Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!