As the United States works to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and its affiliate, First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE), are taking steps to ensure our continuity of operations and the safety of our staff, fire hero families, public safety partners, contractors and volunteers. The NFFF and FRCE have suspended all work-related travel until June 1, 2020. All NFFF events scheduled to occur before June 1 have been postponed and may be rescheduled. At this time, all events scheduled after June 1 are still planned, pending additional information on the national emergency.
The NFFF and FRCE offices, both in Emmitsburg and Crofton, have been closed and all of our staff are working from home. Phones will continue to be answered and emails will continue to be responded to. Our work efforts will not decrease in any fashion. Our efforts to support the fire service community when a line-of-duty death occurs will continue with the efforts of our Local Assistance State Teams and our Fire Hero Family support programs.
If you need any assistance from the NFFF or the FRCE, please reach out to us and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.
For additional information, click here for The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread
Resources from Fire Hero Family Programs:
Covid-19 Pandemic Resources on the First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE) website:
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth
- O2X Training on the Road
- Improving First Responder Well-Being During the Covid-19 Outbreak
- For Leaders: Promoting Well-Being During the Covid-19 Outbreak
The FRCE is distributing a number of health and wellness tips for first responders and their family members daily. Please click here to access those additional resources.
Additional Covid-19 Fire Department Resources:
- Upcoming Webinar by FirstNet Authority and FirstNet, Built with AT&T: Coping with Covid-19 – Best Practices for Fire/EMS (March 26, 2020)
Additional Covid-19 Information:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Coronavirus Rumor Control
- U.S. Fire Administration: The dangers of mixing household cleaners
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public