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Men Forging Ahead – Family Escort, an Unforgettable Experience

April 23, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:30pm



Family Escort, an Unforgettable Experience

NFFF Virtual Gathering for Men—Would You Join Us?

If you haven’t yet attended a gathering of Men Forging Ahead (MFA), April would be a great time to start! Our guest presenter this month is Chief Matt Tobia. He will be sharing his experiences as a Memorial Weekend Family Escort.

As everyone who has attended Memorial Weekend when their firefighter was honored knows, the volunteer Family Escorts play an incredibly important role in supporting our Fire Hero Families throughout the weekend. In fact, as a member of our extended fire service family, serving as a Family Escort yourself one day might even be of interest to you. Either way, Matt’s perspective on this “unforgettable” experience is something you’ll want to hear.

MFA is our casual “for men only” peer support group that meets monthly via Zoom. The next virtual gathering is taking place on Saturday, April 23 at 3:00 pm ET. MFA is open to all Fire Hero Family husbands/life partners, sons/step-sons, and brothers/step-brothers, age 18 and up. Importantly, the group offers you a welcoming place where you can express yourself without judgment—and forge lasting friendships and connections with other Fire Hero Family members who have experienced similar loss.

So please, consider joining us as we welcome Matt and hear his story. No pressure to speak—our group supports you in whatever way you feel comfortable.


About Chief Matt Tobia

Matthew Tobia is the Fire Chief with the City of Harrisonburg (VA) Fire Department and is a 33-year student of emergency services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy. Matt has served as a member of the Editorial Board for Fire-Rescue Magazine and has authored over 120 articles. He is also the former chair of the IAFC’s Safety, Health, and Survival Section, holds the Chief Fire Officer credential and is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers. Prior to Harrisonburg, Chief Tobia spent 23 years with the Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire Department and four years with Loudoun County (VA) Fire Rescue. Matt began volunteering in south central Pennsylvania in 1987 and is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), serving as the Family Escort Coordinator since 2006, and the Mid Atlantic Burn Camp for Children.


We hope to see you on April 23, 3:00 pm ET!

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