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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to the list for the next class.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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:
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents
- Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth
- O2X Training on the Road
- Improving First Responder Well-Being During the Covid-19 Outbreak
- For Leaders: Promoting Well-Being During the Covid-19 Outbreak
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.
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