NFFF Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator & the Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to announce that we have earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive time the NFFF has earned this top distinction. We are equally excited to announce that the NFFF has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency which is the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar.

Join Men Forging Ahead – July 24, 2021 3:00 pm (ET)

Men Forging Ahead -Legacy

If you are new to Men Forging Ahead, please register.

What Will Your Firefighter’s Legacy Be?

Join Eric Nagle from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the fathers, sons, and brothers in the Fire Hero Family community on Saturday, July 24th, at 3:00 pm (ET) for our monthly Men Forging Ahead gathering where we’ll explore and brainstorm ideas to organize a tribute to your firefighter such as annual events, memorials, to challenge coins, and scholarships. Hear some suggestions from those in this group who have already taken steps in that direction.

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In-Person 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend – October 2-3, 2021

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation announced the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is currently planned to be held in-person on October 2-3, 2021, on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Due to the global pandemic there continues to be uncertainties, about COVID-19 restrictions, and challenges the pandemic may bring.

Watch the Latest Recorded IC-to-IC Webinar

West, Texas Fertilizer Explosion

This webinar features a discussion with President Doreen Strickland, Abbott Volunteer Fire Department (TX), who was the Incident Commander of a fertilizer company explosion that resulted in the line-of-duty deaths of 12 firefighters in West, Texas on April 17, 2013.

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Upcoming IC-to-IC Webinars

Baltimore County (MD) Training Exercise

August 26, 2021 1:00 pm ET

This discussion features Deputy Chief Skip DiPaula, of the Baltimore County Fire Department (MD), who recalls a training exercise that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Robert Fogle on May 30, 2014.

Westland (MI) Strip Mall Fire

September 23, 2021 1:00 pm ET

This discussion features Deputy Chief Darrell Stamper, of the Westland Fire Department (MI), who recalls on a strip mall fire that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Brian A. Woehlke on May 8, 2013.

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.


Cintas Fire Protection Division Partners with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The NFFF is proud to partner with Cintas, a national leader in Fire Protection. Cintas Fire Protection’s generous contribution will sponsor our National Stair Climb in Belmont Park, New York, and our Stair Climb program nationally. The funds from those events provide direct support to the families of fallen firefighters and supports programs of the FDNY. Cintas will also be sponsoring and hosting NFFF learning and development courses for local fire departments and leadership to promote our Prevent the Preventable (PtP) programs nationwide.

Responding to Violent Incidents 2.0 Now Available on the Fire Hero Learning Network

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has re-launched its Fire Hero Learning Network course relating to the national response to violent incidents. The new course, Responding to Violent Incidents 2.0, is a self-paced program that adds information on response to civil unrest and public assembly events, material from the NFPA 3000: Standard for an Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER) program, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

The NFFF/CSU Scholarship Could Be Yours, Apply Today

The CSU/NFFF Scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program and will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

You Can Remember Fallen Firefighters With Bricks On the Walk Of Honor®

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking for support from the community to place a brick on our Walk of Honor® in memory of firefighters who died while serving their communities in 2019 and in previous years. These men and women were memorialized on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in 2020.


2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournaments

May- November 2021
Locations Across the U.S.

Now in its 17th year, the golf program has grown to nearly 20 tournaments that help the NFFF support families of fallen firefighters.
» Find a Golf Tournament Near You

FDIC 2021

August 4-7, 2021
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN

Visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Booth #13006.
Support NFFF Events During FDIC
» SILO Screening
» FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Young Adult Summer Meet-and-Greet

August 17, 2021 8:00 – 9:00 pm (ET)
On Zoom

Please join us online for a casual summer check-in at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Young Adult Summer Meet-and-Greet! Say hello to Fire Hero Family friends and meet new ones. To sign up, or if you have questions, please E-mail Erin at

2021 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

July – October 2021
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