Victor Stagnaro

NFFF Welcomes our New CEO

On June 1, 2023, Victor Stagnaro officially stepped into his new role as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, after 13 years as the Foundation’s Managing Director and previous Director of Fire Programs.

Now that he has transitioned from Managing Director to CEO, the NFFF is embarking upon a search to identify the Foundation’s new Managing Director. Those who are interested in learning more about what this key strategic role entails—and how to apply—are encouraged to review the opportunity on the website.

» More: NFFF & FRCE Select New Chief Executive Officer
» Apply: View the Managing Director Opportunity

NFFF Online Benefit Auction: Now thru June 9

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is holding a benefit online auction now through June 9, featuring collectibles and other goods from the estate of Keith and Mary Jane Purcell. The auction features a wide variety of items up for bid, including antique fire trucks, vintage firefighting tools (equipment, bunker gear, boots, etc.), antique cameras, furniture, antique toys, housewares, and one-of-a-kind artwork. All proceeds from the auction will go directly towards supporting the programs for the families of fallen firefighters.

Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday—Commission House Fire Sparked by Storm in the Nation’s Capital

Five District of Columbia firefighters died as a result of multiple collapses during a fire that started at the branch telegraph office on May 18, 1896.

Grief in Progress Podcast – Season 2

Strength in Standing Together: A Mother and Father’s Story

The theme of Season Two of the Grief in Progress podcast series is the power of connection to find solidarity, strength, and support in times of loss. Grief can be a challenging and isolating experience for many people, but it can be especially difficult for parents who have lost a son or daughter. “Strength in Standing Together: A Mother and Father’s Story” introduces you to Katrina and Dwayne Murphy, the parents of Firefighter Kendall Murphy, who died in the line of duty in 2017.

Strength in Standing Together: A Mother and Father’s Story

The National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is open for Public Visitors to Campus Memorials. All visitors will park in the lot adjacent to Building V1 where you will be security screened. Restrooms are also available in Building V1 for your convenience. Visitors are not permitted to enter NETC buildings and should follow the “marked” route on the map provided by campus security for access to the National Memorial. Firearms and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.


New Virtual Reality Experience Tests Users’ Fire Safety Skills

In partnership with Meta, FEMA’s Ready Campaign, the Ad Council and the U.S. Fire Administration co-launched a new virtual reality experience promoting fire safety awareness.

2023 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

For full coverage of the 2023 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend visit

National Firefighter Registry is Now Open

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is excited to share the National Firefighter Registry, the largest existing effort to understand and reduce cancer risk among firefighters.

Senate Passed the Fire Grants and Safety Act

This important legislation reauthorizes the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program through Fiscal Year 2030. 


2023 Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters

June 9-11, 2023
Locations near Hardwick, NJ

This special weekend-long camp gives grieving children a safe space to share with peers who have suffered a similar loss and a chance to just be “kids at camp,” and is open to children, stepchildren, or siblings whose firefighter parent or sibling has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

NYSAFC 117th Annual Conference and FIRE 2023 Expo

June 15- 17, 2023
The Oncenter – Syracuse, NY

Featuring exhibits, fire and EMS classroom education programs, Hands-On Training sessions, and networking events for fire and EMS personnel of all ranks, there’s something for everyone at FIRE 2023! Visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Booth #1331.
» More: NYSAFC FIRE 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

2023 Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention

June 17-22, 2023
Roland E. Powell Convention Center – Ocean City, MD

Visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Booth. For more information visit
» Register: 2023 Hair of the Dalmatian 5K

Men Forging Ahead – June 2023

June 24, 2023 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET
On Zoom

Men Forging Ahead offers a welcoming place where the men in our Fire Hero Family can express themselves without judgment – and forge lasting friendships and connections with other Fire Hero men who have experienced a similar loss.