Grief in Progress​

Becoming a Change Maker After Loss

– Sharon Purdy’s husband, Lee, died of a heart attack in the line of duty. Sharon was at the fire and actually ran the code on her husband. She used her experience with loss to advocate for other survivors and Fire Hero families. As a result of her and others’ efforts, the Hometown Heroes program expanded in 2003 to provide benefits to survivors of public safety officers who suffer fatal heart attacks or strokes in the line of duty. READ

2021 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting

Watch the 2021 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting

– Each year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates trees in memory of all fallen firefighters. These beautiful trees are on display in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, featuring ornaments from the families and departments of America’s Fire Heroes from around the country.  READ

FSRI Releases New Online Training – Fire Service Considerations with Lithium-Ion Battery ESS

– This online course focuses on a deflagration incident at a lithium-ion battery energy storage system facility in Surprise, Arizona. We will share our analysis and recommendations to improve codes, standards, and emergency response training to protect first responders, maintenance personnel, and nearby communities. READ

2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

41st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Will be Held October 8-9, 2022

– Due to factors beyond our control, we decided not to change the date of the National Memorial as it had been previously announced. The Memorial Weekend will be held in-person on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. READ


Give Hope on #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday

– #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will again mark #GivingTuesday as #FireHeroTuesday on November 30, 2021. On this global day of generosity, you can help us honor America’s fallen fire heroes, assist their families, and work to prevent firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. READ

Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday – The Loop Fire (CA)

– On November 1, 1966, ten El Cariso Hotshots were killed when the Santa Ana winds suddenly changed direction, while they were working a wildfire in Pacoima Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. Two more hotshots succumbed to their injuries days later, and nineteen others sustained critical burn injuries. READ

Fire Hero Learning Network

Fire Hero Learning Network Reaches New Milestone

– The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is excited to announce that the Foundation’s online learning platform, the Fire Hero Learning Network (FHLN), has reached a milestone of over 130,000 registered users. READ

NFFF Connect

NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Blue Ribbon Wildland Fire (FL)

– This discussion features Deputy Chief Sam LeNeave, who recalls the Blue Ribbon Wildland Fire that resulted in the LODD of Joshua O. Burch and Brett L. Fulton on June 20, 2011. » Watch the Webinar READ

An Open Letter to the Fire Service: Thanks to All Who Made the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend 2021 a Reality

– Thank you to the American Fire Service and everyone who made the 2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend a reality for the families of the nation’s fallen firefighters. It was the first in-person national firefighter or police memorial service held since 2019!  READ

2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

It’s Good to Be Back

– Following a year of reduced, postponed, and virtual events brought on by the COVID pandemic, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend marked its 40th anniversary October 2-3 by returning to an in-person event in Emmitsburg, Maryland, honoring 215 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2020 and 2019 and in previous years. READ