National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
About Us Donating to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Events Family and Colleague Resources Fire Department Resources Honoring Our Fallen Firefighters How You Can Help Scholarships Walk of Honor® Bricks
About Us

Q. What is the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation?
A. Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.
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About Us and Our Mission

Q. Is the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation a government funded organization?
A. No, while the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by Congress in 1992 to honor all firefighters who die in the line of duty, the only financial support received from the U.S. Government are grant funds which are for specific programs, such as the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, and must be applied for annually. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

Q. How can I contact the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation?
A. To reach us by phone, please call Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 301-447-1365. Please send all other written correspondence to PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or fax us at 301-447-1645.

You may also wish to contact the staff in our Crofton office. To reach us by phone call Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 410-721-6212. Please send all written correspondence for the Crofton office to 2130 Priest Bridge Dr., Suite 6, Crofton, MD 21114 or fax us at 410-721-6213.

You can also
email us through the website. If you are looking for a specific staff member or consultant please visit the staff section of our website.

Q. How can I visit the NFFF Headquarters and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial?
A. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation headquarters is located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Foundation's offices are located in the
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel which sits adjacent to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. For more information on visiting our offices, for access restrictions to campus, hours, local lodging and directions, please see our Visit Us page.

Q. How can I link to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's website?
A.
Click Here for website banners and linking instructions to our FireHero.org website. You may also link to our Everyone Goes Home® website by visiting the Life Safety Initiative Partner Graphics Tool Kit. If you would like to use the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo or Everyone Goes Home® logo please contact Barbara King at bking@FireHero.org.

Donating to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Q. How do I donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation?
A. You can donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation online or by mail. Please
click here to donate online. If you'd like to donate by mail, please make checks payable to "National Fallen Firefighters Foundation" and send them to:

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Please indicate if you would like us to direct your gift to a specific program.

Q. Can I donate to the Foundation through my employer's workplace giving program?
A. Federal, military, and postal service employees can donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation through
Combined Federal Campaign contributions. The Foundation's agency number is 10292. State and local government employees can write in the Foundation as their agency of choice.

We encourage our private sector friends to ask your companies to add the Foundation to the list of agencies eligible for your giving campaigns.

Q. Does the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) solicit donations by phone or employ outside companies to do so on their behalf?
A. No, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation does not solicit donations by phone or employ outside companies to do so.

Q. What is the NFFF's Federal Tax Identification (EIN) Number?
A. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our Federal Tax Identification (EIN) Number is 52-1832634.

Events

Q. What is the date for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend?
A. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation holds its memorial service on the Sunday that marks the start of the National Fire Prevention Week. The date varies from year to year, please visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend website at
Weekend.FireHero.org for more information on this year's Memorial Weekend.

Family and Colleague Resources

Q. Do you have any brochures or resources to help cope with losing a loved one or colleague?
A. Yes, we have a variety of resource material available free of charge to help you cope with the loss of a loved one or friend. You can request materials through our
Grief Publications program or borrow a book through our Lending Library. You may also call the Foundation offices at 301-447-1365 to request a copy of any of the resources listed.

Fire Department Resources

Q. What types of fire department training does the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation offer?
A. The Foundation offers
Taking Care of Our Own® (Preparing for and Handling a LODD) and Courage to Be Safe® (LODD Prevention) training to fire departments and organizations.
» Read More: About other resources available to departments

Q. Where can I find information on Line-of-Duty Death Resources and SOPs?
A.Please visit our
Department Resource page for a variety of resources to help you prepare for or handle a Line-of-Duty death. For hard copies of these resources please call the Foundation offices at 301-447-1365.

Honoring Our Fallen Firefighters

Q. What is the protocol for lowering the U.S. Flag?
A. For information about U.S. flag etiquette please visit
www.usa-flag-site.org.

Information on the use of flags in funeral activities for both line-of-duty and non-line-of-duty deaths can be found in the Chaplain's Manual created for the Foundation by the Federation of Fire Chaplains.

Please remember to recognize the brave men and women who died protecting their communities by lowering your flag during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

How You Can Help

Q. How do I volunteer to help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation?
A. We have many opportunities for fire service members and survivors to help the Foundation honor our fallen bravest. If you are a member of the fire service and would like to volunteer please
contact us online or call us at 301-447-1365. Family members who have lost a loved one in the line-of-duty can volunteer as part of our Fire Service Survivors Network by contacting us online or calling 301-447-1365.

Scholarships

Q. Do I qualify for a scholarship?
A. Spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial qualify for the scholarship program. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter's death. For more information about this program, please visit the
educational assistance program section of our website.

Q. When are scholarship applications available and when are they due?
A. Scholarship applications are mailed each January. A completed application package must be postmarked by April 1st to be considered for a scholarship. For more information about this program, please visit the
educational assistance program section of our website.

Q. When are scholarship recipients notified and when will I get my scholarship check?
A. Scholarship recipients are notified in the beginning of July. Scholarship checks are also mailed directly to the college or institution in July. For more information about this program, please visit the
educational assistance program section of our website.

Walk of Honor® Bricks

Q. Can bricks be ordered online?
A. Online brick ordering is not available at this time. If you would like to order a brick please
download the brick order form.

Q. What happens when a brick order is placed?
A. In approximately three weeks the purchaser will receive a letter and certificate in the mail. When the brick is placed, its location will be
available on our website.

Q. I purchased a brick on the Walk of Honor®, how long will it take before a brick is placed into the Walk?
A. Approximately six months. Bricks are ordered early in January and the end of June. The January order will be placed in late spring. The June order will be placed at the end of September.

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