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Helping Firefighters Help Each Other

As firefighters we are trained and ready to do our best to try to save lives and property of people in our community. But are we prepared to deal with the crisis when it’s one of our own? The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation now offers its successful Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel (SFA) class for free through, the NFFF’s flagship online learning system.

Stress First Aid teaches seven core actions – Cover, Calm, Connect, Competence, Confidence, Check and Coordinate – which can help responders provide more compassionate care to one-another. By incorporating the steps outlined in Stress First Aid every day, firefighters will learn to recognize stress in themselves and among their peers.

“Those who are most injured are the least likely to recognize how deeply affected they are by the trauma they’ve experienced,” explained Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “We’re beginning to realize that behavioral health is equally important as physical health. This course is an important step to making that connection and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to be able to make it more accessible by offering it online.”

To access Stress First Aid and other NFFF programs, users simply register with the Fire Hero Learning Network, a process that takes just a few minutes and is free. To get started, go to

Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award to be Presented to Three Organizations For Outstanding Achievements to Improve Firefighter Health and Safety

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have selected the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a unique partnership between the Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training and INTEGRIS Heart Hospital as the co-recipients of the 2014 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.

Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association Receives NFFF Seal of Excellence Award

Chiefs’ efforts created state drive for all fire service personnel to complete the NFFF Courage to be Safe® program

txchiefs1The Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association doesn’t just talk about firefighter safety, they put ideas into action. The association has embraced the mission of Everyone Goes Home® through proactive training, education and advocacy. Thanks to their efforts, the Texas fire service now wants all regulated firefighters, fire officers, fire instructors, fire investigators and fire inspectors to complete the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives program.

In recognition of this commitment to the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation presented the Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association with the Seal of Excellence Award at the association’s Executive Conference. “We are very pleased to honor the Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association with this award,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “They have integrated the Life Safety Initiatives throughout their state and have set a benchmark for the nation’s fire service.”

In 2007, the association was part of the Foundation’s ‘Whistle Stop Tour’ and delivered the first Courage To Be Safe® ‘Train the Trainer’ course. They also proudly recognize departments who have completed the Seat Belt Pledge, regularly publish articles about the Life Safety Initiatives and deliver the messages of safety through all their publications, presentations and materials.

The Seal of Excellence is presented to an individual or group, or fire, rescue, EMS department that demonstrates the commitment to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, commitment to firefighter health and safety and for its contributions to reducing the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Consideration and selection of the award is based on substantiated facts and information that the individual, group or departments have clearly made a contribution and demonstrated results related to the established criteria above.