NFFF Kicks Off the Holiday Season of Giving with #FireHeroTuesday

On November 29, we once again mark #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday, kicking off the holiday season of giving by making sure our Fire Hero Families know that we remember.

The Difference YOU Can Make

Curious about the real-life impact your support of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has? We invite you to meet our most recent scholarship recipients. We’re so very proud of these young men and women—and are delighted to introduce them to the Fire Hero Family community. Each of the recipients lost a parent firefighter to a line-of-duty death; they received their awards based on their financial need and academic performance.

Presto Match 2022

Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki

Preparing for a Command Change at NFFF

As a third-generation firefighter with 45 years of Fire/Rescue and EMS operational experience, I’ve been a part of multiple command changes – from shift changes in a firehouse to leadership hand-offs at fire scenes. They’re a pivotal part of our work, and now it’s time for me to take part in another one as I announce that I will be retiring as the Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Memorial Monday

Inaja Fire: Cleveland National Forest

As the Inaja Fire burned in San Diego River Canyon’s Cleveland National Forest on November 25, 1956, eleven crew members who were fighting the fire died in a flashover.

Best practices for wildland fires have changed dramatically in the past 75 years, due in many ways to the knowledge gained from incidents like the Inaja Fire. Check out NFFF’s newest course.

Health & Safety at Wildland Fires Course

New Health & Safety at Wildland Fires Course Now Available on Fire Hero Learning Network

This timely new training discusses the unique characteristics of wildland fire responses, the known hazard categories and safety practices that mitigate these hazards, and how to practice effective risk management. As the demand for service and exposures increase, so do the health and safety hazards to all firefighters who operate in the wildland urban interface.

Boyd Street: NFFF’s Compelling New Documentary

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation announces the release of Boyd Street, created in partnership with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and Full Vision Productions.

The Latest NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion

Hartford Residential Fire (CT)

This discussion features Deputy Fire Chief Jim McLoughlin (Retired), of the Hartford Fire Department (CT), who recalls a residential structure fire that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Kevin L. Bell on October 7, 2014. He will share his experiences in dealing with the aftermath.

Pepco on the Walk of Honor®: Honoring a Public Safety Partnership in Action

On Monday, November 14, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was humbled to unveil Section 52 — the latest addition to the Walk of Honor®. This new span on the walkway was made possible by the Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) Emergency Services Partnership Program.

» View Photos from the Emergency Services Partnership Program Brick Dedication Ceremony «

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.


NFFF Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the 7th Year; Once Again Receives GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is honored to announce that we have once again earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. We are equally excited to share that we’ve earned the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency—their highest level of recognition—for the second year in a row.

Watch the Replay – U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control: State of Science

On October 11, USFA, in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, hosted the U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control: State of Science. This video is for anyone who wants a better understanding of the challenges and recommended solutions to the critical fire problem in America.

Chief Ron Siarnicki Named Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year

AFSA’s Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award honors individuals not directly involved in the fire sprinkler industry whose efforts have significantly advanced the fire protection industry and automatic fire sprinklers. Nominees are recommended by AFSA’s Legislative Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Kids Camp Attendees Treated to Mountaintop Adventure

Kids Camp gives grieving children a chance to “just be children.” For children who experience the loss of a primary loved one, dealing with grief can be a monumental challenge. When that loved one was a firefighter who sacrificed his/her life in the line of duty, those affected share a unique bond. Combining traditional camp fun with therapeutic benefits, Kids Camp gives them the added strength to meet that challenge together.


2022 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

April – December 2022
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. You can climb virtually at a time and place of your choice or support a previous climb until December 31, 2022.
» Climb Virtually in the National Stair Climb

2022 Fire Hero Family Winter Retreat

November 30 – December 3, 2022
Liberty Mountain Resort – Carroll Valley, PA

The 2022 Fire Hero Family Winter Retreat will focus on service, giving back to others at the holidays, self-care, reflection, and fellowship.

2022 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting

December 2, 2022 4:30 – 5:30 pm EST
National Emergency Training Center – Emmitsburg, MD
Streamed on and NFFF Facebook

Each year, during the holidays, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates trees in memory of our fallen firefighters. Please join us virtually on our website or Facebook for this beautiful annual tribute to our fallen firefighters.

Men Forging Ahead – The Holidays: Finding Hope and Joy

December 17, 2022 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Online Through Zoom

If you haven’t yet attended a gathering of Men Forging Ahead (MFA), December would be a great time to start! This month, we will be discussing The Holidays, Finding Hope and Joy. Share a story, talk with peers about a favorite food or tradition, or just listen in as we provide one another with hope and joy.