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NFFF Honors Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes: 50 First Responders Succumb to COVID-19

First responders continue to be among the most vulnerable to contract the virus because of their proximity to new and unconfirmed cases. Regrettably, the death toll now includes the names of 50 fire and EMS Members (29 fire service personnel and 21 EMS personnel); and this COVID-19 Pandemic is far from over.

The 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

We, as a nation, find ourselves in an unprecedented time. As a result of this pandemic, every state in the nation is being faced with very tough decisions relative to business, travel, and especially social distancing. Many of you may be wondering how this will impact the 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 3-4, 2020. At this time, no decision has been made. We need to ensure the safety of families, program participants and the general public. The Foundation is working closely with our local, state, national, and federal partners to make that determination. Once a decision has been made, we will send out an announcement nationwide and post on our website and social media platforms.

International Firefighters' Day

Thank You for Helping Us Celebrate Firefighters

This International Firefighters’ Day we came together to celebrate firefighters worldwide and thank them for their service. Whether you lit your home in red, made thank you signs, or watched special tributes online, you let firefighters know how much they mean to our communities.


NFFF Introduces NFFF Connect

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation thanks our first responders who are on the front lines of this crisis and stands with them and their families during this national emergency. We are working hard to develop and provide important resources, workshops, and timely information to help both firefighters and our Fire Hero Families stay NFFF connected and well during these unprecedented times.

2019 Annual Report

Building on Our Achievements, the NFFF Stands Together With Our Firefighters and Families 2020

We are pleased to present our 2019 Annual Report commemorating our continuing mission to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. As our nation stands together during this crisis, the Foundation supports and thanks those firefighters who are on the front lines helping others every day. Please know that the NFFF will always be there for firefighters and their families. » Download the Report

NFFF Board Spotlight

King Butler, CPCU®, CLU®

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

We are pleased to announce the appointment of King Butler, CPCU®, CLU®, Vice President of Operations for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in Duluth, Georgia, to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

» Read More About King

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes New Advisory Committee Member

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Victor, Senior Manager of Industry Relations at Johnson Controls Fire Protection, to the Foundation’s Advisory Committee.

» Read More About Terry

Fire Hero Family Programs News

Columbia Southern University Scholarship Fund

Columbia Southern University Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Columbia Southern University (CSU) will grant one scholarship to the spouse, life partner, or dependent of a firefighter who has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. This scholarship will cover up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program of the recipient’s choice at CSU. The scholarship application period will close at 11:59 pm on October 2, 2020.

Pay it Forward by Helping Others Deal with Grief and Loss

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has a one-day training program for family members of fallen firefighters who want to do outreach to new fire hero families and those who may be struggling with their grief. If you are interested in attending the 1-day class, please contact Erin at [email protected] so we can add you to the list for the next class.

Upcoming Fire Hero Family Virtual Events

Techniques to Manage Stress: Practical Applications Workshop

June 8, 2020 8:00 pm EDT

If you feel like you could improve your stress, focus, resilience, or energy, this workshop is for you! Learn some relaxation, mindfulness, and peak performance techniques, figure out which ones suit you best, or resume practices you have done before.

Re-Establishing Your Family’s Framework!

June 22, 2020 8:00 pm EDT

This lighthearted presentation is designed to help caregivers look at their family dynamics from different viewpoints to help normalize their struggles and concerns during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


Video Series: Staying Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are excited to share this video in a series from Dr. Angela Moreland, Director of the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health, on how to stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of you may remember attending Dr. Moreland’s workshop Providing Effective Outreach and Support to Others during the 2019 Wellness Conference in Portland, Maine. These short videos will address grief and loss, plus the additional stressors of life during this pandemic.

Fire Service Programs News

IC to IC Network

NFFF Introduces New Support Program: IC to IC Network

When a firefighter dies in the line-of-duty, fire departments swing into action to honor the life lost. For the incident commander, it can be a difficult and lonely time. There’s often no one else who has experienced the unique perspective and range of emotions of losing a firefighter under their command.


Attributes of Leading 2.0 Coming Soon – Watch the Sneak Preview

Initially launched in 2019, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Attributes of Leading is a highly interactive leadership training program focused on characteristics of quality leaders. The Foundation has added new features to this course to further enhance fire officer development programs and leadership skills.

Upcoming Virtual Training Events

Overview of the Fire Hero Learning Network Programs

June 9, 2020 2:00 pm EDT

Join Chief Ron Kanterman for a live tour of the courses offered on our Fire Hero Learning Network. You will be briefed on each program with a short explanation of the content, purpose and main take-aways. If you’re already a subscriber to these courses, this tour will be perfect for you to coax your co-workers and fellow firefighters to get on board.

Foundations of Safety and Situational Awareness

June 9, 2020 3:00 pm EDT

This discussion includes Chief Kanterman’s observations on safety and situational awareness and is loaded with photos, case histories and thought-provoking discussion.

California, Preparing for Wildfire Activity

June 17, 2020, 2:00 pm

California Wildfires capture national attention each year. The state was at the forefront of developing the ICS program we know today and out of necessity has continued to evolve as it tackles an everchanging wildland fire problem. Join this distinguished panel to hear the latest in California’s preparations for another challenging wildland fire year.

NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion: Kings Tower Fire

June 25, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

This webinar will feature Chief Michael Washington, Cincinnati Fire Department, Ohio, who was the Incident Commander of a fire in an apartment complex that killed a firefighter on March 26, 2015. Chief Washington will discuss the incident and share his experiences in dealing with the aftermath.

Mapping Operational Success

July 14, 2020, 2:00 pm EDT

This program is intended to improve decision making and to increase the speed with which decisions are made while making sure that all the critical components are considered on every call. Many organizations are not faced with daily call volumes that include regular response to significant events.

Florida and the NFFF, a Partnership for Wildland Fire

July 15, 2020, 2:00 pm EDT

The Florida wildland fire service and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have forged a dynamic partnership in the quest to reduce preventable firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Join this dynamic team to hear about the work and ask questions you may have about the partnership.

NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion: Boston Brownstone Fire

July 23, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation launched its Incident Commander-to-Incident Commander (IC to IC) Network in 2020 to support incident commanders involved in a firefighter fatality. This webinar will feature Chief Steven Shaffer, Boston Fire Department, the initial Incident Commander of a nine-alarm fire in four-story brick row house that killed two firefighters in Boston, Massachusetts on March 26, 2014. Chief Shaffer will discuss the incident and share his experiences in dealing with the aftermath.

New Memorial Program Remembers Firefighters Who Died Prior to 1981

Memorial Monday remembers firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, firefighters will be remembered through information located about their sacrifice.

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Fire Hero Learning Network Registered Users Surpasses 100,000

Since Fire Hero Learning Network went live, registered users have earned over 130,000 online learning certificates of completion. The knowledge gained from the modules better positions firefighters and officers as leaders in health and safety training in their respective departments.

First Responder Center for Excellence News

Watch Highlights from the 2019 Symposium

First Responder Center for Excellence to Host Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium at a Crucial Time

The 2020 Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium will expand on several topics from 2019 while focusing on boundaries, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. Discounted registration ends May 31.

Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium

Covid-19 Pandemic Resources Available on the First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE) Website

The FRCE is distributing a number of health and wellness tips for first responders and their family members daily. Here are some resources that may help:

Ways to Help

You can help keep our firefighters safe

The nation’s fire service is turning to you for help. There’s a lot you can do to make it safer for firefighters. And many of these same actions will help prevent harm to others on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle, like police officers, nurses and doctors.

COVID-19 fundraising scams hurt the real charities

It is important to do your homework and become an informed donor to ensure your money is used wisely. A good place to start is Charity Navigator’s website Charity Navigator evaluates U.S. charitable organizations. It does not accept donations or advertising from any of the charities it evaluates.

» View the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Page on Charity Navigator «

Make a Donation to the NFFF Through the Special Combined Federal Campaign Solicitation Donation Using #10292

Federal, military, and postal service employees can donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation through Combined Federal Campaign contributions during a CFC special solicitation now through June 30, 2020. The Foundation’s agency number is 10292. State and local government employees can write in the Foundation as their agency of choice. We appreciate your continued support to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and their families.

Upcoming Events

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