Grit, Growth, and Grace - A Series for Widowed People

Grit, Growth, & Grace: For Widowed People

– The NFFF introduced a series of virtual workshops, by Michele Neff Hernandez, designed to build community among Fire Hero Family members who have been widowed. Although the series ended in February 2021, the workshops were so well received, we wanted to share this special Grit, Growth, & Grace playlist and related journaling activities with all of those who are coping with grief and loss.  READ

Liza Aunkst

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes New Advisory Committee Member

– The NFFF is pleased to announce the appointment of Liza Aunkst to the Board of Directors’ Advisory Committee. Liza is the daughter of Firefighter Michael Aunkst, of the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department (NE), who died in the line of duty in 2005.  READ

Ryan Woitalewicz

An Open Letter to My Dad in Heaven, Who Has Missed Sixteen Years of My Life

– Ryan is pursuing his Elementary Education Degree. He is hopeful to find a career that will make a difference in children’s lives. Successful completion of the coursework will lead Ryan to find a job and after a year or so, he plans to enroll in a master’s program in school administration and hopes to earn a doctorate degree. READ

Debit Card

Honoring Heroes. The Thin Red Line Debit Card.

– The Thin Red Line Checking Account and Debit Card is the first in our series of community checking accounts. Honoring our everyday heroes and supporting organizations with every swipe of the card, firefighters and their family members can pay with pride while supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Open Yours Today!  READ

Rachel Prouty

Rachel Prouty: Gratitude and Appreciation for My NFFF Scholarship

– Rachel pursues her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland while working full-time as a mental health rehabilitation therapist and serving an intern. Upon graduating, she plans to work with firefighters regarding their mental health and wellness because she sees this community as underserved in the field of behavioral health.  READ

NFFF Connect

NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Knights of Columbus Hall Fire

– This webinar features Assistant Fire Chief Joe Ondrasek, Bryan Fire Department (TX), incident commander of a fire in a Knights of Columbus Hall where two firefighters died in the line-of-duty in Bryan, Texas on February 16, 2013. » Watch the Recorded Webinar READ

Help Shape the Future of the Fire Service

– The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will host the National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium virtually in February and March to prioritize research that promotes firefighter safety, wellness, and efficiency. This Symposium, which is composed of researchers and practitioners, will be held online from February 15 through March 10, 2021. We arer partnering with Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute to convene the program. READ

Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday – Butte Warehouse Explosion

– Thirteen firefighters were killed in a warehouse explosion in Butte, Montana on January 15, 1895. READ

New Beginnings, New Approaches

New Beginnings, New Approaches

– We can all agree that 2020 was a year like none we have ever seen. The COVID pandemic brought collective loss and separation. Despite this additional challenge, we have worked to develop new approaches to help our community. Indeed, the ability to adapt to new circumstances is at the core of resilience and post-traumatic growth. READ

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Maglite Honors Novato Firefighter/ Paramedic Nicole Scott with the Firefighter Hero Award

– On January 13, 2021, Novato Fire Protection District Firefighter/Paramedic Nicole Scott received the Firefighter Hero Award for her leadership in addressing the behavioral health of firefighters. READ