The Foundation Trumpet Newsletter

The Foundation Trumpet Spring 2020 Issue

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

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NFFF Honors Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes: 50 First Responders Succumb to COVID-19

First responders continue to be among the most vulnerable to contract the virus because of their proximity to new and unconfirmed cases. Regrettably, the death toll now includes the names of 50 fire and EMS Members (29 fire service personnel and 21 EMS personnel); and this COVID-19 Pandemic is far from over.

39th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
October 3-4, 2020

We, as a nation, find ourselves in an unprecedented time. As a result of this pandemic, every state in the nation is being faced with very tough decisions relative to business, travel, and especially social distancing. Many of you may be wondering how this will impact the 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 3-4, 2020. At this time, no decision has been made. We need to ensure the safety of families, program participants and the general public. The Foundation is working closely with our local, state, national, and federal partners to make that determination. Once a decision has been made, we will send out an announcement nationwide. We will post the most up to date information on our website and social media platforms.


You can help keep our firefighters safe

The nation’s fire service is turning to you for help. There’s a lot you can do to make it safer for firefighters. And many of these same actions will help prevent harm to others on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle, like police officers, nurses and doctors.

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.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund

COVID-19 fundraising scams hurt the real charities helping those on the front lines

It is important to do your homework and become an informed donor to ensure your money is used wisely. A good place to start is Charity Navigator’s website Charity Navigator evaluates U.S. charitable organizations. It does not accept donations or advertising from any of the charities it evaluates.

NFFF Connect

We Are Here For You

We are working hard to develop and provide important resources, workshops, and timely information to help both firefighters and our Fire Hero Families stay connected and well during these unprecedented times. These new resources can be found here on our website, shared through E-mail, and through our social media channels.

Thank You for Helping Us Celebrate Firefighters

This International Firefighters’ Day we came together to celebrate firefighters worldwide and thank them for their service. Whether you lit your home in red, made thank you signs, or watched special tributes online, you let firefighters know how much they mean to our communities.

International Firefighters' Day


National Emergency- Covid-19 Pandemic Update

As the United States works to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic, the NFFF and its affiliate, 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. All conferences, training events, summits and seminars have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Both Emmitsburg and Crofton offices, have been closed and our staff are working from home.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is pleased to announce the appointment of King Butler, CPCU®, CLU®, Vice President of Operations for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in Duluth, GA, to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Celebrates its 2019 Accomplishments and Looks Ahead to 2020

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is pleased to present our 2019 Annual Report commemorating our continuing mission to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. You can download this report on our website at:

Fire Hero Learning Network Registered Users Surpasses 100,000

Since Fire Hero Learning Network went live, registered users have earned over 130,000 online learning certificates of completion. The knowledge gained from the modules better positions firefighters and officers as leaders in health and safety training in their respective departments.
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Techniques to Manage Stress: Practical Applications Workshop

June 8, 2020 8:00 pm EDT
If you feel like you could improve your stress, focus, resilience, or energy, this workshop is for you! Learn some relaxation, mindfulness, and peak performance techniques, figure out which ones suit you best, or resume practices you have done before. This workshop is open to family members of fallen firefighters; please pre-register with Erin at by Sunday, June 7.

Overview of the Fire Hero Learning Network Programs

June 9 , 2020 3:00 PM EDT
Join Chief Ron Kanterman for a live tour of the courses offered on our Fire Hero Learning Network. You will be briefed on each program with a short explanation of the content, purpose and main take-aways. If you’re already a subscriber to these courses, this tour will be perfect for you to coax your co-workers and fellow firefighters to get on board.

2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournaments

June – November 2020
Locations Across the U.S.
Now in its 16th year, the golf program has grown to over 20 tournaments that help the NFFF support families of fallen firefighters.
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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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