Firefighter Hero Award

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and MAGLITE® Honor Omaha Firefighter Drew Gerken with Firefighter Hero Award

Gerken was honored for his ongoing efforts to help families in need after they experience a devastating fire. Drew assists families, who have lost their material possessions in a fire, by replacing the furnishings they need to help them return to some level of normalcy. Drew organizes teams of volunteers who pick up and deliver donated furniture to the families in need.

New Incident Commander Course Addresses the Impact of a Line-of-Duty Death and Prepares Officers

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in cooperation with Stonehouse Media, is pleased to present When an LODD Occurs: Incident Commanders Speak, our latest resource for preparing incident commanders (IC) to cope with a firefighter line-of-duty (LODD).

Memorial Monday – Auburn Apparatus Collision

Two Lewiston firefighters died from injuries sustained when apparatus from Lewiston and Auburn collided at Court and Main Streets in Auburn while responding to a fire alarm on July 7, 1949.

39th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

39th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

A Message from the Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Board of Directors

Our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors evaluated many options to continue the tradition of gathering in front of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this October. While we are disappointed to postpone the 2020 Memorial Weekend events, it is important to know that the nation’s fallen firefighters will not be forgotten. On October 4, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will broadcast a National Tribute to honor America’s Fallen Firefighters.

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You can help keep our firefighters safe

The nation’s fire service is turning to you for help. There’s a lot you can do to make it safer for firefighters. And many of these same actions will help prevent harm to others on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle, like police officers, nurses and doctors.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund

COVID-19 fundraising scams hurt the real charities helping those on the front lines

It is important to do your homework and become an informed donor to ensure your money is used wisely. A good place to start is Charity Navigator’s website Charity Navigator evaluates U.S. charitable organizations. It does not accept donations or advertising from any of the charities it evaluates.

NFFF Connect

We Are Here For You

We are working hard to develop and provide important resources, workshops, and timely information to help both firefighters and our Fire Hero Families stay connected and well during these unprecedented times. These new resources can be found here on our website, shared through E-mail, and through our social media channels.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is closed to the public. Pending more information on this national emergency, we ask for your patience and understanding.


NFFF Provides Transformative 100% Scholarship Awards Under Newly Restructured Program

This group of applicants is the first to receive scholarship awards under the Foundation’s newly restructured scholarship program. Under the new program, developed in consultation with our scholarship partners, awards are now based on an assessment of a student’s financial need and academic performance.

NFFF Congratulates SAFD Chief Charles Hood on Being Selected Fire Chief of the Year

Chief Hood’s progressive leadership style and vision have resulted in many achievements over his 36 years dedicated to the fire service. The NFFF congratulates San Antonio Fire Department’s Fire Chief Charles Hood, on being selected as Metro Fire Chiefs Association’s Fire Chief of the Year, a prestigious honor voted on by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, a group of 200-plus fire industry leaders from around the world.

Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki Elected CFSI NAC Chairman

Chief Siarnicki is replacing Chief Greg Cade of the NFPA, who served as Chairman for three years. Chief Siarnicki served as the Vice Chair for two terms. Chief Craig Hannan of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) was chosen to fill Chief Siarnicki’s former position as Vice Chair.

Message to the Nation’s Fire Service from Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Our mission also includes a focus on keeping firefighters safe. We urge each of you and your department to remain ever watchful and do all you can to return to your families safe and healthy. With that in mind, we’ve put together some important resources that may help you.


Camp HAL in a Box!

August 15, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
This interactive program will support children ages 4-6 who have experienced the death of their firefighter parent. The box will include fun activities and children’s stories for children and parents/guardian(s) to do together, as well as an invitation to a parent breakout group & high energy parent and child breakout group via Zoom.

NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion: Howard County (MD) Fire

August 27, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
This webinar will feature Battalion Chief Charles Ridgely (retired), Howard County Fire and Rescue, the incident commander of a seven-alarm mansion fire that killed a firefighter in Clarksville, Maryland on July 23, 2018. Chief Ridgely will discuss the incident and share his experiences in dealing with the aftermath.

2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournaments

June – November 2020
Locations Across the U.S.
Now in its 16th year, the golf program has grown to over 20 tournaments that help the NFFF support families of fallen firefighters.
» Find a Golf Tournament Near You

2020 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

June – October 2020
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