The ongoing efforts to reduce line-of-duty deaths and improve firefighter safety just got a big boost from the federal government.
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Days before the event, 107 flags flew above the Capitol Dome to honor the lives of 98 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2013 and nine who died in previous years.
Flags will be given to surviving relatives at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on October 12th in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
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On Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00 pm, leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus will present 107 American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Video of the 2014 Flag Folding Detail
This year, 107 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2013 or previous years will be honored during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 11 – 12. During the Memorial Service, the Survivors of the fallen receive an American flag that has been raised and lowered over the Memorial, then carefully folded. On August 22 – 23, 2014, honor guard members from across the U.S. participated in a flag folding detail, including members from Prescott, AZ and Bedford, NH, which will have firefighters honored this October.
It’s estimated that suicide is four times more likely to happen in a fire department than a LODD…and it can almost always be prevented.
Fire departments, places of worship, community organizations and individuals from coast to coast are asked to join the NFFF in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 11 and 12.
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 www.FireHeroLearningNetwork.com, 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 www.FireHeroLearningNetwork.com.
Denver firefighters opened their doors and their hearts to share painful lessons to help improve firefighter safety across the country and around the world.
The 24-Hour Cold Water Challenge has captured the creative minds and generous hearts of many firefighters, survivors and NFFF supporters. To those who are taking the plunge, we thank you.