A grateful nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park.
At the heart of the park sits the National Fallen Firefighters Monument. This striking stone sculpture is encircled by plaques that list the names of all members of the fire service who have died in the line of duty since 1981. The brick Walk of Honor® connects the National Monument to the historic Memorial Chapel, which houses the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s staff office.
In 2019, the walkway was expanded to honor all firefighters who died in the line of duty prior to 1981. An inscribed brick has been placed for each of these firefighters from every state.
At the far end of Memorial Park, the Walk of Honor® meets the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, which is anchored by To Lift A Nation. This towering statue was created by Stan Watts to honor the fire service heroes of September 11, 2001. The plaza and walkway in front of the sculpture include a brick for every firefighter lost during the attack on the World Trade Center, as well as those firefighters who have died of occupational illnesses since that tragic day.
To the right of the sculpture sits the NFFF Bell of Remembrance, the newest addition to Memorial Park. This commemorative Bell was rung for the first time on campus during Memorial Weekend in 2022.
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How to Visit Memorial Park
The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park is located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC). It is about 90 minutes from the District of Columbia, and Baltimore, Maryland.
The National Emergency Training Center is open for public visitors to Memorial Park from sunrise to sunset daily. All visitors will park in the lot adjacent to Building V1 where you will be security screened. Restrooms are available in Building V1 for your convenience. Visitors are not permitted to enter NETC buildings and should follow the “marked” route on the map provided by campus security for access to the National Memorial.
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Plan Your Visit to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Effective May 7, 2025, federal law requires visitors over the age of 16 to have REAL ID Act-compliant identification to access our campus. This law is the same as that enforced at airports and all federal facilities. Escorts are required throughout the duration of your visit. Please contact the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at 301-447-1365 to schedule your visit and escort.
Foreign National Visitors to the NETC Campus – All foreign nationals must be vetted through the FEMA Office of the Chief Security Officer Administrative and Special Security Branch prior to being permitted access to NETC. Foreign nationals needing assistance in gaining access to the NETC should contact Merril Sollenberger, NETC Special Events Coordinator at merril.sollen[email protected] two months prior to your anticipated visit.