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As the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation enters its 30th year of service, we remain committed to our core mission and values. With help from our staff, volunteers, affiliates and partners, your extra efforts and dedication to our mission ensured that we would not just survive the time of COVID but surpass expectations.
Global Day of Gratitude Honors Firefighters Past, Present, and Future
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation again takes part in International Firefighters’ Day
Inside this Spotlight:
Chairman, Board of Directors
I grew up in a small town called Loganville, Pennsylvania, which is in south central Pennsylvania. And believe it or not, it happens to be the hometown of Mr. Arthur Glatfelter, Founder of Glatfelter Insurance Group (who also served on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors). So, it was an interesting place to live in the sense of a very small community. No traffic light whatsoever. I lived there with my parents and my sister, attended high school there and played baseball. Afterwards, I went to college and I ended up with a mathematics degree.
“I think I would like to build out more of our Fire Hero programs. It’s very difficult to lose someone that you loved in a line-of-duty death, and it’s difficult to overcome. It’s important that we do all we can to help them in not only their grieving process, but to let them know that we’re here to support them in anything that they may need to try to get them back to some sense of normalcy.“
Glatfelter Award Recognizes Chief Dennis Compton’s Extraordinary Service to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to present the 2020 Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award to Chief Dennis (Denny) Compton, former Chairman of the NFFF Board of Directors.
Deputy Fire Chief Billy Goldfeder, NFFF Board Member, Receives the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award
Chief Goldfeder’s contributions to firefighter safety, health, and survival capture the spirit of the Mason Lankford Award, which embraces the importance of advocacy and leadership on behalf of all firefighters and emergency services personnel.
The NFFF/CSU Scholarship Could Be Yours, Apply Today
The CSU/NFFF Scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program and will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.
Fire Hero Family Featured Events
Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp 2021 is for the children of fallen firefighters, ages 7-17; or 18, if attending high school. Like our in-person camp, this virtual program is designed to empower children to grieve, heal, and grow in healthy ways. We hope you will join us on June 26, 2021, for a chance to be together, while apart; visit with your friends, big buddies, and welcome new campers.
A Monthly Series for Fire Hero Family Men
Men Forging Ahead:
Bring Your Best Burger
Bring your best burger and brag about why it’s the greatest at 3:00 pm (ET) on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Join the NFFF’s Eric Nagle as he hosts the monthly Men Forging Ahead virtual meeting to promote the support benefits that comes from unity within the Fire Hero Family community!
Monthly Support for Fire Hero Families
We know that the anniversary of a loved one’s death often brings up a difficult mix of memories and emotions that results in a huge wave of grief. This new effort to help support family members during the anniversary month of their firefighters’ death. Each month we will hold a virtual support group for families whose firefighter died during that month.
Virtual Facilitated Support Groups
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Virtual Peer Support Groups
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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Launches “Legacies in Leadership” Website
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to announce the “Legacies in Leadership” website, which contains thoughts and advice from the past and present fire service leaders to the next generation of fire service influencers.
Memorial Monday was established to remember the sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, a firefighter, or groups of firefighters, will be remembered through information located about the firefighter and their sacrifice.
The Texas City Disaster
April 16, 1947
Texas City Volunteer Fire Department (TX)
The Texas City Disaster is the nation’s worst industrial disaster which injured over 3,500 and claimed the lives of 568, including 27 Texas City firefighters.
Previous Memorial Monday Posts
- Chicago World’s Fair: Cold Storage Fire
- Memorial Monday – Hotel Vendome Fire (MA)
- Memorial Monday – Barson’s Deli Fire (PA)
- Memorial Monday – Davidson Theatre Fire (WI)
- Memorial Monday – Quackenbush Warehouse Fire (NJ)
- Memorial Monday – New Haven Apparatus Crash (CT)
- Memorial Monday – Wilmington Apparatus Crash (DE)
- Memorial Monday – Chicago Union Stockyards Fire (IL)
- Memorial Monday – The Loop Fire (CA)
- Memorial Monday – Boston Toy Factory Fire (MA)
Incident Commander-to-Incident Commander Webinar Series
In the Incident Commander Webinar Series National LAST Coordinator Ian Bennett and special guests discuss the incidents, their aftermath, the impact it had, and offer insight into what happens when an incident commander suffers a line-of-duty death on their watch.
This webinar features a discussion with Deputy Chief James Forgo about a Prince William County fire that resulted in a line-of-duty death Technician I Kyle Robert Wilson on April 16‚ 2007.
NEXT DISCUSSION: May 27, 2021 1:00 PM EST
More About the IC-to-IC Network:
» Learn About Our IC to IC Program
» 16 Key Points for IC Recovery
» When an LODD Occurs: Incident Commanders Speak
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Prince William County Residential Fire (VA)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Plumas National Forest Fire (CA)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Howard County Residential Structure Fire (MD)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Sun Prairie Natural Gas Explosion (WI)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Youngwood Firefighter Struck (PA)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Worcester Residential Fire (MA)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Blue Ribbon Wildland Fire (FL)
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Westland (MI) Strip Mall Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Baltimore County (MD) Training
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – West, Texas Fertilizer Explosion
Did You Know, on Average, it Takes About 60 Days to Form a Habit?
Join us as we begin our 60-day NFFF 2-Pound Challenge. Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, clear away clutter, or just relax a bit more, this challenge is for you. Starting off with small goals can lead to big accomplishments!
National First Responder Covid-19 Grant Relief Program
First Responder Center for Excellence Featured Events
2021 Virtual National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium
May 24 – 27, 2021
Researchers will deliver the latest information regarding behavioral health in the fire service and disseminate best practices to enable attendees to transition the known scientific evidence about behavioral health into actionable activity at the department level and provide important information about COVID-19 and insight into what the pandemic has taught us.
National Firefighter Cancer Symposium 2021
June 10 – 12, 2021
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746
The 2021 National Firefighter Cancer Symposium 2021 will be jointly hosted by the First Responder Center for Excellence and the Firefighter Cancer Initiative at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event will focus on the most current research and cancer prevention practices in the fire service.
First Responder Center for Excellence Welcomes Board Members
Order Your 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorative Challenge Coin
This two inch 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorative Challenge Coin features a 3D rendering of the 9-11 Memorial in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is solid brass, with dual-plated gold and silver finish, and with beveled edges and cut out details.
You Can Remember Fallen Firefighters With Bricks On the Walk Of Honor®
Although the pandemic kept us from gathering in person in October 2020, the NFFF produced the video program America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters, commemorating the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and previous years. You can join in honoring these heroes by placing a brick in their memory on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park’s Walk of Honor® for a donation of only $100. As part of the Honor a Hero brick program, you may choose to honor a specific fallen firefighter; or just choose to donate to help us make sure all 103 firefighters are honored.
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Is Proud to Recognize Our Inspiring Donors in a New Way
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) introduces the NFFF Giving Circle, honoring donors who give $1,000 or more a year. The Giving Circle’s four levels are designed to offer exclusive opportunities for greater involvement with the NFFF. If your circumstances allow it, we hope you will consider becoming a member.
Creators of the New Film SILO Partners with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to partner with film distributor Oscilloscope on the release of their new film SILO on May 7th. The creators of this upcoming motion picture, inspired by true events, will be donating 5% of the price from the rental of the film to the NFFF.
Fill the Boot for Fallen Firefighters
Honoring Heroes. The Thin Red Line Debit Card.
The Thin Red Line Debit Card is the first in our series of community checking accounts. Honoring our everyday heroes and supporting organizations with every purchase. Firefighters and their family members can pay with pride while supporting the NFFF.
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