USFRA Halloween 2020 Photo Contest

October 22, 2020

Join us in the U.S. First Responders Association’s Halloween 2020 Photo Contest by sharing your family Halloween pics before October 31, 2020 for a chance to win prizes..!

On November 1, we’ll randomly draw 3 names / winners from photos posted in comments and on USFRA Facebook page and other social media ids.

Prizes eligible for U.S. residents only – click below to learn more or visit USFRA.org . Good luck! ~ j & B


Show your support for #BreastCancerAwareness Month with USFRA #ThinkPink shirts and help first responders

October 18, 2020

First Responders (esp. firefighters) face many types of health issues since they are exposed to multiple toxins throughout their careers, so #BreastCancerAwareness month is very near and dear to our hearts since our nonprofit’s CEO is a retired Fire Captain.

Although October is the official #ThinkPink month, many first responders hold awareness campaigns year-round with pink shirts, uniforms and apparatus while doing educational events and fundraisers to help spread the word.

U.S. First Responders Association now has 3 t-shirts available to support breast cancer awareness and proceeds benefit first responders.

Learn how to order USFRA shirts for yourself and/or your family, cancer survivor warriors, staff and others at www.usfra.org/listings

About USFRA

The U.S. First Responders Association(USFRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional and social network of fire, EMS, law enforcement, 911/dispatch, and military personnel, as well as veterans and civilian volunteers. USFRA brings together professionals from many diverse fields to strengthen safety initiatives, share knowledge and expertise, develop training programs, and combine efforts to maximize community outreach programs. They are one of the few national nonprofits that embrace all aspects of first response.  www.usfra.org and www.myusfra.org


Fedhealth donating 15% of bulk book or ebook orders to local VFD (or charity) of your choice

July 29, 2020

This year’s outbreak has financially impacted first responders and volunteers across the country very hard – especially Volunteer Fire Departments since a chunk of their annual budgets come from community fundraisers like raffles, dinners, street fairs and other public functions.

Many Americans may not realize this but over 70% of our nation’s firefighters are volunteers. They (and volunteer ambulance corps and other first responder volunteer groups) typically don’t have consistant funding so we want to help.

Fedhealth is donating 15% of bulk book and ebook orders back to your local VFD (or charity or group) of each purchaser’s choosing. Plus proceeds also benefit the U.S. First Responders Association.

Our 266-page reference manual has tips on what people should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, infectious disease outbreaks, active shooter scenarios, etc.), as well as how to administer basic first aid.

And paperbacks and ebooks can be customized in bulk to include local safety information and plans, evacuation maps, and other specific preparedness and response messaging, plus any other data that agencies, businesses, schools, and organizations want added for staff, volunteers, students, customers and communities.

Paperbacks ($4.50 ea) and PDF ebooks (as low as $1 ea) come with free customization and are great educational tools to help our nation become more prepared and resilient – esp. with hurricane season ramping up and for September National Preparedness Month.

Learn more at www.fedhealth.net or call 520.907.2153 to discuss your needs since we are completely open to any ideas that benefits you, your communities and our nation’s first responders.  

P.S. Please share our funding ideas with your local volunteers and nonprofits to help fund their efforts!

Stay safe ~ j & B 520.907.2153 info@fedhealth.net


Sponsorship opportunity for public safety interactive learning and education

February 26, 2020

The following post is from Jonathon Weiss, Curator of the National Health and Public Safety History Museum and is a very cool low-cost sponsorship opportunity for any company or group who supports Public Safety projects. Note: It closes 4-Mar-2020 so contact Jonathon ASAP if you or someone you know would like to help with this. Thank you ~ j & B

My name is Jonathon Weiss, founder and Curator of the National Health and Public Safety History Museum opening on March 14 in Dublin, Texas.

I have been working on a project to include more interactive new technology for visitors to the museum.

I have been building a virtual museum on a separate website that includes, audio & visual as well as more educational reading and digitized literature from the museum.

This project would make a set of disposable earbuds available as an option for every visitor to the museum that they can plug I to their phone, and as they walk around from exhibit to exhibit they can stand there, scan a QR code that brings them to a new webpage for something in the exhibit.

For example, in the civil defense exhibit, we have original vinyl records of radio shows produced by the office of civil defense that have music and then a public service announcement about how to prepare for an attack. You can scan a code and listen to the audio because I digitized a couple of the records and built an interactive webpage for it.

As of right now we have about 20 QR codes planned for before the grand opening, with plans to add many more. The problem is the headphones, disposable earbuds in bulk are not cheap in terms of initial investment.

This is a low-cost sponsorship that would cover 1 year of sponsoring interactive learning and education. $2,000 covers the cost to get at least 4,000 headphones and purchase the materials required to make the QR codes.

There is a button on the homepage of the website that brings you to the virtual museum to check it out yourself, and as the museum grows and time opens for me, the virtual will grow and the amount of QR codes will go up.

This sponsorship deadline is March 4, 2020 to ensure delivery of all the materials needed.

If this is something you or your company would like to do, it would put your name throughout the museum as well as by the headphones and on our legacy wall. 

Please consider this offer but do not wait, act now before the opportunity closes.

National Health and Public Safety History Museum
Jonathon Weiss, Curator
Office: (254) 629-7005
LITAMedMuseum.org


New mailing address for Fedhealth and FSC

June 27, 2019

We were recently surprised when we went to collect our mail at our local UPS Store (mailing address for our companies) and found the store had closed their doors without notifying mailbox holders!

The sign gave data for 2 other UPS Store locations in town so we were able to get a new address (but smaller box) and get our mail from closed down store. Then we filed forwarding address with USPS and scrambled to change tons of online accounts, various procurement systems, get new business cards, etc.

It would have been nice to have been notified via email or phone, but at least most of the fire drill is done and we recovered quickly. But I just realized we neglected to announce it here on our blog.

The new mailing address for Fedhealth and Fedhealth Services Corp (FSC) and owners Bill and Janet Liebsch is…

1910 E Southeast Loop 323, #220

Tyler TX 75701

Fedhealth p: 520-907-2153  www.fedhealth.net

FSC p: 903-343-5191  www.fedhealthsc.com

Stay safe all ~ j & B


Earn referral $$$ with FSC-USFRA D/FW preparedness book project

May 16, 2019

Fedhealth Services Corp is printing 20,000+ preparedness and first aid manuals (with some ads) for the U.S. First Responders Association that will be distributed to Dallas/Fort Worth communities in 2020.

The goal of the project is to educate the public, help lessen the burden on responders, and save people money on everyday items and services with proceeds benefiting USFRA.

Plus people, ad agencies, nonprofits or groups like Volunteer Fire Depts, CERTs, VOADs and others can earn money for helping spread the word.

Download our FSC ad media kit and share it with business contacts you have in the D/FW area — or any companies or partners who’d like to market to those communities and support first responders & military — and have businesses contact us.

Basically we are…

  • Offering limited # of ads and prices start as low as 1.25 cents per book after 20% off inaugural rates so only $250 total or less;
  • Books will be divided up and delivered free to all advertisers;
  • FSC will print a few thousand extra books for first responder families;
  • Advertisers get additional benefits (e.g. on USFRA’s Partners page, use USFRA seal, etc.);
  • Advertisers and sponsors are included in drawing for prizes fall 2019;
  • Payment plans now available with 25% down to lock in ads + several discount options;
  • No need to sell or close anyone ~ FSC will work with contacts to negotiate deals, placement, etc.

Again, FSC does all the work and donates 20% of their ad purchases back as directed. And referrals are paid on-going so if businesses do ads in future printings, you’ll receive 20% each time. (see pg 9 of kit).

Interested in 20% referral commissions/donations?

Visit www.fedhealthsc.com/usfra.html then download & share our 9-pg ad media kit with your business contacts and have them mention your name or group on form or when they call.

And realize this is the inaugural print and we plan to spread this to communities across the country and do reprints annually or as requested going forward.

Call 903-343-5191 with any questions and visit www.fedhealthsc.com/usfra.html then let’s collaborate to benefit you, the D/FW area (and beyond), the U.S. First Responders Association, and our nation’s heroes.


Need a last minute Christmas or holiday gift idea? Give the gift of charity

December 24, 2017

Are you a last minute shopper or have someone on your list that has everything so you have no idea what to get them?

Consider giving a gift that can help others in their time of need on behalf of your family and friends.

For example:

  • Donate to The Salvation Army as they continue to serve disaster survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate.  Whether its food, drinks, shelter or cleaning supplies, The Salvation Army provides practical assistance.
  • Charity Choice allows you to select plastic gift cards, printed cards or e-cards, good for redemption online at one of their 100+ partner organizations (or a specific charity of your choosing). They also have a list of dozens of nonprofit groups involved with helping those affected by recent hurricanes ~ learn more
  • TisBest Charity Gift Cards work like any other gift card, except that instead of buying more stuff, the recipient spends it to support a charity of their choice. You choose the donation amount and a customizable card image, and their email and print-at-home options let you send or receive an order instantly.
  • World Vision lets you choose a gift to donate, help children and families in need, and honor loved ones with a free personalized card.

There are many other incredible organizations online that have similar e-gifting options for the holidays and year-round so search around for one that fits your needs.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays, j & B


Iceland’s Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) needs to become tradition in North America

November 27, 2017

Did you know in Iceland the best Christmas gift is a book? Icelanders have a wonderful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and the custom is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it is the reason for the Jólabókaflóð, [pronounced yolabokaflot], also known as the “Christmas Book Flood”.

Jolabokaflod originated during World War II when foreign imports were restricted, but paper was cheap. According to Readitforward.com, Iceland’s population was not large enough to support a year-round publishing industry, so book publishers flooded the market with new titles in the final weeks of the year and citizens looked forward to perusing the book catalog similar to how kids look through toy catalogs.

Nowadays books are published and released throughout the year there, but many still continue the tradition of Jolabokaflod … and it is something we hope becomes popular in North America.

If you’d like to give the gift of preparedness this holiday season, our 266-page disaster preparedness and first aid paperback is discounted over 70% off list (or only $4.50 delivered in continental U.S.) on 10 copies or more.

And we customize books for free (even in small quantity) so you can personalize them with logos and special messages to employees, colleagues, customers, members, volunteers and local communities.

We also offer our 280-page PDF ebook for only $3.00 US (80% off list) and have a free 56-page portion of IT’S A DISASTER! that people can download and share with others.

The quick-reference easy to use manual provides instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people need to think about and do before, during and after specific types of emergencies and disasters (including active shooter scenarios), as well as how to administer basic first aid.

Plus a portion of book sales benefit the U.S. First Responders Association so purchases not only help educate your loved ones and the public, but also supports our nation’s heroes.

Please share these ideas and links with others and let’s start doing this cool book giving tradition here in America! Stay safe, j & B


Corrected free ebook link in Hurricane updates and resources post

September 6, 2017

Our apologies – we had a few wrong links on our previous blog.

Please visit Hurricane updates and resources + free 58-page preparedness ebook and download and share PDF and post with others.

Thank you! j & B


We’re baaa-aack

June 7, 2016

tx-signSorry we’ve been so M.I.A. lately, but we’re back in the saddle now and wanted to share some updates and pics about our latest adventures.

We have officially left Arizona now and moved our company to Texas where we plan to settle down someday. For the next year or 2 we hope to travel around the country in our motorhome, but haven’t hit the road yet since we’ve had some serious family health issues the past several months. Thankfully both Mom and my brother are doing better and so glad we were able to be here to help them during this time.

Anyway — we are now living in our 36-ft motorhome full time back working on custom book projects, revamping our sites, and helping moderate the U.S. First Responders Association facebook page and website.

Plus we’re helping Mom and bro with their dogs, gardens/yard work, and Mom’s chickens … and spending time with family we haven’t seen much the past 19 years since Bill’s health limited our travel.

Bill has a great green thumb but I’ve never been much into yard work, however now that I’ve been helping with the gardens, I love it and learning LOTS.

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I’m also smitten with Mom’s chickens. She’s got 15 white pullets (young 9-month old chicks) and 8 older hens from 3 other breeds she bought over the years. (If you purchase breeds that lay different color eggs it helps you find out which older ones are still laying ~ esp. when there’s only 1 or 2 older hens left.)

We won’t bore you with chicken stories (for now) but they are entertaining, very vocal and stinky ~ and they bless us with 15 to 20 white, brown and green eggs a day so I don’t mind putting up with their crap. (giggle)

Mom doesn’t raise meat chickens so we haven’t dispatched / butchered any, but once Bill and I settle down on our own personal farm that is on my wish list (along with raising rabbits, bees, a mini cow, etc.)

Here are some photos from east TX…

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In addition to the wonderful veggies and fruit in gardens and greenhouse, Mom and bro have beautiful flowers everywhere so Bill makes pretty arrangements often for our motorhome…

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Cheers all, stay safe and talk soon! j & B

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