Children of fallen firefighters make lasting friendships while forming networks of support with peers. The friendships created extend well beyond camp, reinforcing that the campers are never alone and that their firefighter will never be forgotten.
The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on July 7, 2018, marking significant progress by the fire service, lobbyists and lawmakers to recognize the impact of occupational cancer in the fire service. This law will require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry collecting data on the incidence of certain cancers in firefighters.
Team Station 19 took on Team Grey’s Anatomy on Celebrity Family Feud on Sunday, July 22, 2018.
Fire Hero Family Programs News
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its partners awarded $338,921 in 2018-2019 Sarbanes Scholarships to 71 children, five stepchildren and four spouses of fallen firefighters.
Columbia Southern University grants one scholarship to the widow, life partner, or dependent of a firefighter who has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Scholarship applications will be accepted through October 2, 2018 and a winner will be announced in December 2018.
37th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
October 6 – 7, 2018
This October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and in previous years. Thousands will attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
Men who attended the annual 2018 Fire Hero Family Wellness Conference for Fire Hero Families in Blue Ash, OH stuffed care packages for service men and women stationed overseas at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center.
Fire Service Programs News
Enthusiasm and energy were apparent among fire service leaders attending the 2018 National Everyone Goes Home® Advocates/Phoenix Society Workshop, which held June 21-23 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Experts Agree National Standards for Fire Service Emergency Response Policies Will Improve Firefighters Safety
In May 2018, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation gathered 30 fire service subject matter experts to evaluate and discuss Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #11: National standards for emergency response policies should be developed and championed.
NEW COURSE! Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems
To help firefighters prepare for these incidents, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) launched a new training module, Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems, on the Fire Hero Learning Network. The module is self-paced and can be completed at any time or place.
Firefighters are at significant risk of injury or death when fighting fires in basements or floors below-grade level. The increased risk is due to limited entry and egress; working above the fire; weakened floor structures; being caught in the fire’s flow path; unknown fire load; ventilation issues; utility panels, hanging wires, meters, and connections; and appliances. These risks can lead to fire fighter entrapment from floor collapse, burns, and asphyxiation. Fire departments should conduct a complete 360-degree size-up to locate the fire, attack the fire externally, and reassess fire conditions prior to conducting interior operations.
The Fire Department Safety Officer Association announced a new hands-on Aerial Maintenance program will be part of the 2019 Apparatus Maintenance & Specification Symposium. Aerial Maintenance: What you need to know program, with Instructor Mike Adams, Fleet Supervisor, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA), Colorado, on Wednesday, January 23rd in Orlando, Florida.
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Like many people in the fire service, the gravity of what Diana has seen and experienced lingered with her, leading to a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2009, she began competing in off-road trail races and triathlons to deal with her PTSD symptoms and found great healing in the sport.
For the fourth year, the FDNY and the NFFF will host the Annual National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
Show your support for America’s fallen firefighters during the 2018 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend by coordinating a Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters event at your firehouse.
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