The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation announced the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is currently planned to be held in-person on October 2-3, 2021, on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Due to the global pandemic there continues to be uncertainties, about COVID-19 restrictions, and challenges the pandemic may bring.
Experiencing Memorial Weekend from the
Fire Hero Family Perspective
If you have only recently learned about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, you are not alone. Many families aren’t introduced to the Foundation until after they’ve experienced a tragic loss.
Sandra Clinton was no exception—until she was notified that her husband Madison would be honored at Memorial Weekend 2019. That weekend became a springboard for her and her daughters, leading to ongoing involvement with the NFFF.
Members of the FDNY Tell Their Story of Resilience
The 9/11 20 Years Later documentary delivers a powerful and inspiring message of resilience through the words of those who were there, those who lived through and participated in the department’s rebuilding, and those who carry on the FDNY’s highest tradition of commitment to service.
Twenty years later, I still remember what trauma looked like etched on the faces of firefighters at the World Trade Center site when a team from the NFFF and I arrived on scene September 12, 2001. It’s not something you can ever forget.
As Americans reflect on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this year, nearly 50 cities across the U.S. will pay tribute to the New York Firefighters killed at the World Trade Center. They will do so by symbolically retracing their heroic steps in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs.
Can’t Climb In Person? Register As a Virtual Climber for the National Stair Climb
The Journey is a bi-monthly publication written by and for the families of fallen heroes who have been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD. The latest edition of The Journey marks the 100th issue.
Watch the Latest IC to IC Discussion
This discussion features Deputy Chief Skip DiPaula, of the Baltimore County Fire Department (MD), who recalls a training exercise that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Robert Fogle on May 30, 2014.
» Next Webinar: Westland (MI) Mall Fire
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.
One of the most challenging fires that the Philadelphia Fire Department has ever faced in its history occurred on August 17, 1975, claiming the lives of eight firefighters.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to announce that we have earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive time the NFFF has earned this top distinction. We are equally excited to announce that the NFFF has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency which is the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar. This was accomplished by showcasing the progress and results we are making toward our mission.
The NFFF is proud to partner with Cintas, a national leader in Fire Protection. Cintas Fire Protection’s generous contribution will sponsor our National Stair Climb in Belmont Park, New York, and our Stair Climb program nationally. The funds from those events provide direct support to the families of fallen firefighters and supports programs of the FDNY. Cintas will also be sponsoring and hosting NFFF learning and development courses for local fire departments and leadership to promote our Prevent the Preventable (PtP) programs nationwide.
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.
May- November 2021
Locations Across the U.S.
Now in its 17th year, the golf program has grown to nearly 20 tournaments that help the NFFF support families of fallen firefighters.
» Find a Golf Tournament Near You
July – October 2021
Locations Across the U.S.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed races, but a way for everyone to remember America’s fallen firefighters.
» Find a Stair Climb Near You Or Climb Virtually
September 25, 2021 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Online Through Zoom
Join Eric Nagle and other Fire Hero Family men as we continue our interesting and engaging look inside the NFFF with guest speaker, Chief John Tippett, Director of Fire Service Programs.
October 2 – 3, 2021
NETC – Emmitsburg, MD
Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.
» Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters
» Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters