Memorial Park

Memorial Park

The National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is open for Public Visitors to Campus Memorials. All visitors will park in the lot adjacent to Building V1 where you will be security screened. Restrooms are also 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. Firearms and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

A grateful Nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The park is located about 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland.

At the heart of the park, the National Fallen Firefighters Monument is a striking stone monument encircled by plaques listing the names of all members of the fire service who have died in the line-of-duty since 1981. A brick Walk of Honor® connects the National Monument to the historic Memorial Chapel, which houses the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s business office. At the far end of the Memorial Park is the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and To Lift A Nation, a sculpture created by Stan Watts to honor the fire service heroes of September 11, 2001. The plaza and walkway in front of the sculpture contains 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.

In 2019, the Walk of Honor® was expanded to connect the National Monument to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. This section of walkway was designated 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. The addition of this new branch of the Walk of Honor® completes the second phase of a three phase Memorial Park development project expanding the Walk of Honor® to connect the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the historic Memorial Chapel to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) at 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Normal visiting hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

Anyone entering the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) campus is required to show photo identification. Beginning May 3, 2023, photo identification must meet REAL ID Act standards. The purpose of the REAL ID Act is to stop terrorists from evading detection by using false identification. Security guards will issue a pass and direct visitors to parking.


Attention: 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 [email protected] two months prior to your anticipated visit.

More Information About Visiting the NETC Campus

For more information about campus access,
please contact the NETC Security Specialist at 301-447-1513.

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

The Memorial was designated by Congress in 1990 as the official monument to all fallen firefighters in the United States.

The Walk of Honor®

The Walk of Honor®

The park features a brick Walk of Honor® that connects the monument, the historic Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and plazas.

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel

National Fallen Firefighters
Memorial Chapel

The Chapel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a special place for families of America’s fallen firefighters.

9-11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial – To Lift a Nation

The three-times life-size statue, recreates the now-famous photo of three firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.