Memorial Monday

Seven-alarm Little Rock Fire: Remembering Firefighters Jerry Jacobs and Eric Oliver

On Saturday, January 15, 1972, two Little Rock firefighters died in a wall collapse during the warehouse blaze at 3rd and Main Streets.

Kick-Start Your 2023 With the USFA Podcast

The U.S. Fire Administration is kick-starting 2023 with a new season of the USFA Podcast. The first episode features U.S. Fire Administrator, Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, as she looks back on 2022 and shares her insights on what the USFA has in store for 2023.

USFA Podcast

FDSOA Chairman's Award

Chief Ron Siarnicki Receives FDSOA Chairman’s Award

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association presented Chief Ron Siarnicki with the Chairman’s Award at their 2023 Annual Health and Safety Conference today in St. Pete Beach, FL.

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2023-2024 NFFF Scholarship Applications

2023-2024 NFFF Scholarship Applications Being Accepted Online

2023-2024 Scholarship Programs Q&A
Through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s scholarship programs, loved ones of the fallen can realize their educational dreams. Online applications are being accepted January 1 through March 1 for the 2023-2024 NFFF Scholarships, which provide financial assistance to spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Get Started: Download Our Scholarship Q&A and Checklist

NFFF Launches Executive Search

In December 2022, Executive Director Ron Siarnicki announced his plans to retire from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation after 21 years at the helm. Today, the NFFF Board of Directors has launched an executive search to identify a Chief Executive Officer to take command of the NFFF and its affiliate, the First Responder Center for Excellence—and carry NFFF’s mission forward while building upon this lasting legacy.

New Photos: Fire Stop Tour – Philadelphia

Fire Stop Tour, January 10-12, 2023

The U.S Fire Administrator and principal leaders from the American fire service, in partnership with the FDNY, Philadelphia Fire Department, and District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, stand together on January 10‑12 to speak with one voice to address the fire problem facing our nation.

Truman Fire Forum Report

Read the Latest Truman Fire Forum Report

The fourth and final Truman Fire Forum convened in August of 2022 to mark the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s National Conference on Fire Prevention. The various strategies implemented since 1947 have significantly reduced deaths in all occupancies, except residences. Outreach efforts to reduce civilian home fire deaths are making a difference but fall short of saving more lives. The 2022 attendees provided recommendations on the next steps at the federal, state, and local levels; they also offered recommendations on the role of private enterprises and non-governmental organizations in community risk reduction efforts. And, perhaps most important of all, the attendees challenged each of us to take individual actions to carry President Truman’s legacy forward for the next generation.
» Truman Report Resources

Part of the After Action Review Podcast Series

Watch & Listen to This Two-Episode Tribute to Firefighter Carmelo “Carmine” Puccia:

» Episode 1: Red Light, Green Light, Blue Light-The Family
» Episode 2: Red Light, Green Light, Blue Light-The Department

The Life and Death of FDNY Firefighter Carmelo Puccia: A New Podcast from NFFF

FDNY Firefighter Carmelo “Carmine” Puccia was killed tragically on January 6, 1970, when he was struck by a subway train while investigating a trash fire on the tracks. The podcast is a two-part installment and tells Firefighter Puccia’s story through the recollections of the two groups most affected by his loss: his family and his department. Viewers and listeners will gain insight into Firefighter Puccia as a husband, father, and firefighter—and witness FDNY’s solid determination that we will never forget.

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’s Fire Hero Learning Network Celebrates Ten Years of Training

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Fire Hero Learning Network, the virtual learning platform of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Since January 2013, 150,000 registered users have completed more than 210,000 training modules related to firefighter health, safety, and leadership.

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.

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Ringing In the New Year – with Remembrance

In 2022, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation became the permanent home for one of the Bells of Remembrance Project memorial bells. It is now known as the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Bell of Remembrance.

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.


Apply for a NFFF 2023-2024 Scholarship

January 1 – March 1, 2023
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.

Men Forging Ahead – Managing Difficulty

January 28, 2023 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Online Through Zoom

If you haven’t yet attended a gathering of Men Forging Ahead (MFA), January would be a great time to start! This month, we will be discussing one thing I find difficult during this time of year, and what I do to manage it.

2023 Spouses & Life Partners Retreat

March 19 – 22, 2023
Embassy Suites San Antonio Brooks Hotel & Spa – San Antonio, TX

Open to spouses and life partners of fallen firefighters honored at the National Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland, this special weekend retreat will help you integrate your past life with your present, explore your current relationships, level of support, and help you develop personal goals for living a resilient life. The retreat will be filled with learning, sharing, physical activity, creativity, and time with others who understand.

2023 Parents & Siblings Retreat

March 22-25, 2023
Embassy Suites San Antonio Brooks Hotel & Spa – San Antonio, TX

The 2023 Parents & Siblings Retreat will focus on the unique issues that come with grieving the death of an adult child or sibling, how the death impacts family relationships and traditions, and the positive effects of self-care after loss.