#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will again mark #GivingTuesday as #FireHeroTuesday on November 30, 2021. On this global day of generosity, you can help us honor America’s fallen fire heroes, assist their families, and work to prevent firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
December 1 – 4, 2021
2021 Fire Hero Family Winter Retreat attendees will participate in service-based activities, open discussions with other Fire Hero Families, and enjoy time connecting with each other for support.
The Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting is on December 3, 2021 – Send an Ornament
On November 1, 1966, ten El Cariso Hotshots were killed when the Santa Ana winds suddenly changed direction, while they were working a wildfire in Pacoima Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. Two more hotshots succumbed to their injuries days later, and nineteen others sustained critical burn injuries.
An Open Letter to the Fire Service from Chairman Troy Markel
Thank you to the American Fire Service and everyone who volunteered to make the 2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend a reality for the families of the nation’s fallen firefighters. It was the first in-person national firefighter or police memorial service held since 2019!
Following a year of reduced, postponed, and virtual events brought on by the COVID pandemic, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend marked its 40th anniversary October 2-3 by returning to an in-person event in Emmitsburg, Maryland, honoring 215 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2020 and 2019 and in previous years.
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.
The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), will hold the department’s annual National Stair Climb on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at legendary Belmont Park on Long Island, NY.
This discussion features Deputy Chief Sam LeNeave, who recalls the Blue Ribbon Wildland Fire that resulted in the LODD of Joshua O. Burch and Brett L. Fulton on June 20, 2011.
» Watch the Webinar
Twenty years later, I still remember what trauma looked like etched on the faces of firefighters at the World Trade Center site when a team from the NFFF and I arrived on scene September 12, 2001. It’s not something you can ever forget.
The 9/11 20 Years Later delivers a powerful and inspiring message of resilience through the words of those who were there, those who lived through and participated in the department’s rebuilding, and those who carry on the department’s highest tradition of commitment to service.
November 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back; communities around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The NFFF will mark #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday.
» Help on #FireHeroTuesday & Beyond
December 1 – 4, 2021
Liberty Mountain Resort – Carroll Valley, PA
At the beautiful Liberty Mountain Resort, 2021 Fire Hero Family Winter Retreat attendees will participate in service-based activities, open discussions with other Fire Hero Families and enjoy time connecting with each other for support.
» 2021 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting
December 14, 2021
Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI
Ticket package includes game ticket, Red Wings jersey, and a $10 donation to the NFFF.
December 18, 2021 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Online Through Zoom
During our December gathering of Men Forging Ahead, those who’d like to can share their favorite holiday memories. We’ll also brainstorm ways to incorporate those memories into new traditions as a way of honoring our fire heroes.