Watch the Tribute Together

Premieres on October 4, 2020 at 10:00 am (EDT)

Our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors evaluated many options to continue the tradition of gathering in front of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this October. While we are disappointed to postpone the 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend events, it is important to know that the nation’s fallen firefighters will not be forgotten. On October 4, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will broadcast America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters.

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Be a Part of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters
Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters 2020

Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters to Shine Bright in 2020

Although we cannot be together in Emmitsburg this fall for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, it is more important than ever to show our Fire Hero Families and firefighters that we will always honor and remember our nation’s heroes. The Foundation invites individuals, communities, organizations, landmarks, and fire departments to join us for Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters 2020

Ring Out in Support for Fallen Firefighters and Their Families

Even during these extraordinary times, we find comfort and hope in coming together to support one another. This fall, communities can join us for the tribute to firefighters who died in the line of duty while protecting our neighborhoods. During this annual tribute, communities, faith congregations, and fire departments ring their bells on the weekend of the national tribute for fallen firefighters.

The Foundation Trumpet Newsletter

The Foundation Trumpet Summer 2020 Edition

The Foundation Trumpet Newsletter is the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s online quarterly newsletter. This is where you will find recent news on how we are fulfilling our mission.

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Fire Hero Kids “Zoom” to Camp as NFFF Family Programs Go Virtual

Comfort Zone Camp 2020
Camp HAL

Kids Camps are offered every summer to two separate age groups: one for school-aged children and one for younger campers. The camps welcome children and step-children of any firefighter who has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Join Climbers Nationwide - National Stair Climb

Reflection and Respect Nationwide

Starting on September 11, 2020 through the end of the year, join climbers nationwide in honoring our 9/11 heroes. In 2020, virtual climbers will bring this national remembrance to their communities, personalizing their journey to “Never Forget.”

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is closed to the public. Pending more information on this national emergency, we ask for your patience and understanding.


Resilience in the Time of Covid

Having resilience means being able to recover quickly from difficulties. And never in this century has resilience proven more important than now! Over the years, we’ve spoken with many Fire Hero Families about how they have worked toward becoming more resilient. Here are some tips that you, too might find helpful as you face a path that may be different than the one you thought you would be traveling.

Memorial Monday – Blackwater Fire

A devastating wildland fire, known as the Blackater Fire, left 38 firefighters injured and 15 dead near Cody, Wyoming on August 21, 1937.

Documentary Focused on the Experience of Grievers and the Ways to Support Them Airs

Speaking Grief is a documentary aimed at creating a more grief-aware society by validating the experience of grievers and helping guide those who wish to support them. It aired on National Grief Awareness Day, August 30, 2020.

New Incident Commander Course Addresses the Impact of a Line-of-Duty Death and Prepares Officers

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in cooperation with Stonehouse Media, is pleased to present When an LODD Occurs: Incident Commanders Speak, our latest resource for preparing incident commanders (IC) to cope with a firefighter line-of-duty (LODD).


Facilitated Support Group

September 22, 2020
On Zoom
This facilitated virtual support group is for those who do not have a strong support system and who are struggling with grief, the pandemic, quarantine, or both. The group will be hosted by Dr. Angela Moreland. To sign up, please E-mail Ashley by the Sunday before group.

2020 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

June – October 2020
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.
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IC-to-IC Discussion: Philadelphia Fire

September 24, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
This webinar will feature Assistant Chief Robert Wilkins, Philadelphia Fire Department, who was the incident commander of a wind-driven house fire that killed a firefighter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 9, 2014. Chief Wilkins will discuss the incident and share his experiences in dealing with the aftermath.

America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

October 4, 2020
Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. On October 4, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will broadcast a National Tribute to honor America’s Fallen Firefighters.