National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 Postponed

The National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 Planning Committee has postponed the Summit due to the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic on fire departments across the country. A new date for the Summit will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 Postponed
You will not need to reapply if you have already applied to attend. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to seeing you in San Antonio, Texas when the Summit is held. Please direct any inquiries to John Tippett, Director of Fire Service Programs (

Nominations Open for 2022 Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award

Submissions must be received by January 15, 2022

In appreciation for Art’s achievements, the NFFF has created the Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award to recognize exceptional service to the NFFF.

Download the Application

Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award

Episode 2

Finding Meaning via “Found Families”

Grief in Progress​
Ryan Woitalewicz was just four years old when he lost his dad Kenny, a volunteer firefighter in Nebraska. When Ryan attended his first NFFF Kids Camp for children ages 7-17, Illinois Fire Chief Chad Hoefle was assigned as his Big Buddy—a mentorship match that has stood the test of time. Over the years, Ryan and Chad returned to camp together until Ryan reached age 18. And the “found family” they created continues, as the two celebrate milestone events such as Ryan completing his education and becoming a teacher. They remain close and enjoy any opportunity to talk about Ryan’s father and finding meaning in his loss.

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2022-2023 NFFF Scholarships

2022-2023 NFFF Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Online applications are being accepted January 1 – March 1 for the 2022-2023 Sarbanes Scholarship Program, the Alan Patrick Sondej Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Motorola Solutions Foundation Enhanced Scholarship Initiative which provides financial assistance to spouses, life partners, children, and step-children of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Fire Hero Family Connections at the 2021 Winter Retreat

After the Grit Growth & Grace seminar series for widows, Mary Kury and Linda Herbert had an instant bond and were both from the Buffalo area. Mary recalls how amazing is was to be able to meet in person at the 2021 Winter Retreat.
» Read: Issue 102 of The Journey
» Watch the 2021 Family Tree Lighting
» View Photos: Ornaments | 2021 Retreat

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Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki Blog

A Look Back at 2021 – Through Grief & Gratitude

It’s been a year full of pandemic-induced challenges, on top of the line-of-duty deaths that unfortunately, we in the fire service see every single year. But at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – we not only witness the sadness; we also experience the beauty that emerges as communities, departments and the country come together to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and support those families and departments left behind.

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.


Memorial Monday – Chicago Union Stockyards Fire (IL)

Twenty-three Chicago and Morris & Company firefighters were killed in the Chicago Union Stockyards Fire on December 22, 1910.

America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Watch America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters, hosted by CBS News Anchor Norah O’Donnell, recognizes heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty serving their communities and their country.

Watch the 2021 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting

Each year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates trees in memory of all fallen firefighters. These beautiful trees are on display in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, featuring ornaments from the families and departments of America’s Fire Heroes from around the country.

President Biden Signs Bipartisan Legislation Making Reforms to Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (IA), makes several changes to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program intended to expand eligibility and increase certain benefits. Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.


Apply for a NFFF 2022-2023 Scholarship

January 1 – March 1, 2022
Apply Online

The Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and step-children of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Virtual Peer Support Group

Every Wednesday 8:00 pm (ET)
On Zoom

You can meet virtually in small groups with other Fire Hero Families to share stories, struggles, and ideas. This is an informal gathering, just for family members; there will be no NFFF staff or professional facilitators. To sign up for a group, please E-mail Erin by the Sunday before group.

IC-to-IC Discussion: Worcester Residential Fire (MA)

January 27, 2022 1:00 pm ET

This discussion features Lt. Joe Gaffney (Retired), who recalls a Worcester residential structure fire that resulted in the LODD of Jon D. Davies Sr. on December 8, 2011.

National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022

New Date Coming Soon
Westin Riverwalk – San Antonio, TX

The National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 builds on previous gatherings in Tampa, Florida, Novato, California, and a series of mini-summits. The goal of the National Firefighter Life Safety Summit 2022 is to identify focus areas to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries.