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The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award recognizes fire departments and organizations for embracing the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. The recipients are the Clayton (DE) Fire Company, Prince George’s County (MD) Fire & Emergency Medical Services, and Sioux Falls (SD) Fire Rescue.
Now through December 31, 2020, you can enter for a chance to win a custom painted, one-of-a-kind Fender Stratocaster Guitar featuring the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo.
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Mark your calendar for the inaugural Men Forging Ahead virtual gathering! This casual event is coming to you LIVE from a backyard barbecue in the beautiful Colorado Mountains—and is open only to men who have had a fire hero honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The Grit, Grace, and Growth workshop series is open to any fire hero family member of a firefighter honored at the National Memorial and whose spouse or life partner has died.
Upcoming Sessions (All Sessions Are EST)
Grit, Grace, and Growth – December
December 6, 2020, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grit, Grace, and Growth – January
January 3, 2021, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grit, Grace, and Growth – February
February 7, 2021, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Families Staying Connected
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Early in 2018, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation became aware of a significant near miss event in Los Angeles, California. A rookie firefighter fell through the roof during operations at his first working fire. Within days, the Los Angeles fire chief took action to ensure the firefighter was cared for, activated a critical injury investigation, and developed a plan to prevent future occurrences.
This article tells us how one fire chief and a major metropolitan department recognized a threat and responded by taking bold corrective action before the threat became a tragedy. The story is a model of courageous leadership.
Army firefighters were fighting a brush fire on Japanski Island in Sitka, Alaska. The fire enveloped a warehouse containing 21 tons of dynamite. The explosion killed five firefighters staffing the base fire engine.
Incident Commander-to-Incident Commander Webinar Series
In the Incident Commander Webinar Series National LAST Coordinator Ian Bennett and special guests discuss the incidents, their aftermath, the impact it had, and offer insight into what happens when an incident commander suffers a line-of-duty death on their watch.
More About the IC-to-IC Network:
» Learn About Our IC to IC Program
» 16 Key Points for IC Recovery
» When an LODD Occurs: Incident Commanders Speak
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Toledo Arson Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Philadelphia Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Clarksville Mansion Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Boston Brownstone Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Kings Tower Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Deutche Bank Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Yarnell Hill Fire
Promoting a Better Safety Climate for the Fire Service During Global Pandemic, Civil Unrest, and Wildland Fires
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE), once again, collaborated with Firehouse® and published the 2020 Fire Service Health & Safety Report. The 32 page report, which appears in September’s issue of Firehouse®, includes 13 articles written by respected leaders, authors and experts, covering a diversity of topics, including women in the fire service, the power of podcasts in promoting safety and health and changing the very culture of safety among the nation’s fire departments.
Our latest online training course, Peer Support Programs for the Fire Service, discusses the important role that a peer support program can play in keeping firefighters and their departments healthy.
In any given year, more than 100 firefighters & EMT’s die by suicide.
Watch Highlights from the the Inaugural Symposium
Out of concern for the health and safety of all involved, the First Responder Center for Excellence has postponed the Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2020. The conference will focus on the theme of “Boundaries, Resilience, and Post-traumatic Growth.”
This October, we pay tribute to the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty while serving their communities as part of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters. These men and women will be honored in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October 2021. You can join us in honoring a hero on our Walk of Honor® in National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park by placing a brick in their memory.
For this release of Tribute Red Blend, we embodied a wine that supports the traditional blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Alicante Bouschet. When you pour a glass, NV Tribute Red Blend showcases a beautiful dark rich color and hints of blueberry pie and maple on the nose.
This National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ornament keepsake is a great way to remember fallen firefighters with your family this holiday season. Your purchase supports the programs of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation which honors America’s fallen firefighters, assists their families, and works to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries.
Langley Federal Credit Union is excited to announce the Thin Red Line Checking account and Debit Card! This card empowers you to show off your Thin Red Line pride while also supporting the NFFF.
Make Your 2020 Combined Federal Campaign Donation Using #10292
Federal, military, and postal service employees can donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation through Combined Federal Campaign contributions. 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.
June – October 2020
Locations Across the U.S.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed races, but a way for everyone to remember America’s fallen firefighters.
» Find a Stair Climb Near You Or Climb Virtually
September 11 – December 31, 2020
Starting on September 11, 2020 through the end of the year, join climbers nationwide in honoring our 9/11 heroes. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s stair climbs benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.
December 1, 2020
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back; communities around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The NFFF will mark #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday.
» Help on #FireHeroTuesday & Beyond
December 4, 2020 4:30 – 5:30 pm EST
Streamed on firehero.org and NFFF Facebook
Each year, during the holidays, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates trees in memory of our fallen firefighters. Please join us virtually on our website or Facebook for this beautiful annual tribute to our fallen firefighters.
December 5, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST
Zoom to Your Kitchen
Do you have a favorite cookie recipe or want to share your firefighter’s favorite cookie recipe? We will be getting together virtually to swap a few baking secrets, share traditions, and make delicious cookies. Register by November 20, 2020 and submit a cookie recipe to receive your baking supplies before the Cookie Exchange.
December 6, 2020 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
This program is open to any fire hero family member of a firefighter honored at the National Memorial and whose spouse or life partner has died. That means any woman or man, legally married or not, who has lost their life partner may join the workshop series.
May 25 – 26, 2021
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles – Chantilly, VA
The 2021 National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium will allow researchers with an opportunity to deliver the latest information that science can tell us regarding behavioral health in the fire service as well as disseminate best practices that will enable fire service attendees to transition the known scientific evidence about behavioral health into actionable activity at the department level.