Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Helping Children of Fallen Firefighters Find Hope and Healing While Having Fun

Children of fallen firefighters make lasting friendships while forming networks of support with peers. The friendships created extend well beyond camp, reinforcing that the campers are never alone and that their firefighter will never be forgotten.

FRCE Announces Huge Achievement in Cancer Research

The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on July 7, 2018, marking significant progress by the fire service, lobbyists and lawmakers to recognize the impact of occupational cancer in the fire service. This law will require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry collecting data on the incidence of certain cancers in firefighters.

Celebrity Family Feud

Station 19 Cast Plays for NFFF on Celebrity Family Feud

Team Station 19 took on Team Grey’s Anatomy on Celebrity Family Feud on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Fire Hero Family Programs News

2018-2019 Sarbanes Scholarships

NFFF Sarbanes Scholarships Awarded to 80 Recipients

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its partners awarded $338,921 in 2018-2019 Sarbanes Scholarships to 71 children, five stepchildren and four spouses of fallen firefighters.

Columbia Southern University Scholarship

Apply for Columbia Southern University’s NFFF Scholarship

Columbia Southern University grants one scholarship to the widow, life partner, or dependent of a firefighter who has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Scholarship applications will be accepted through October 2, 2018 and a winner will be announced in December 2018.

Apply Now for the Columbia Southern University’s 2018 NFFF Scholarship


2018 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

37th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

October 6 – 7, 2018

This October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and in previous years. Thousands will attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.


Honoring Fallen Heroes and Helping Those Serving Overseas

Men who attended the annual 2018 Fire Hero Family Wellness Conference for Fire Hero Families in Blue Ash, OH stuffed care packages for service men and women stationed overseas at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center.


Fire Service Programs News

Everyone Goes Home® Advocates Gather for a Safer Fire Service

Enthusiasm and energy were apparent among fire service leaders attending the 2018 National Everyone Goes Home® Advocates/Phoenix Society Workshop, which held June 21-23 in Quincy, Massachusetts.


Advocating for Emergency Response Policies

Experts Agree National Standards for Fire Service Emergency Response Policies Will Improve Firefighters Safety

In May 2018, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation gathered 30 fire service subject matter experts to evaluate and discuss Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #11: National standards for emergency response policies should be developed and championed.


Working with fire sprinkler systems and automatic fire alarm systems

To help firefighters prepare for these incidents, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) launched a new training module, Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems, on the Fire Hero Learning Network. The module is self-paced and can be completed at any time or place.

Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Firefighters Working at Basement and Other Below-Grade Fires

Firefighters are at significant risk of injury or death when fighting fires in basements or floors below-grade level. The increased risk is due to limited entry and egress; working above the fire; weakened floor structures; being caught in the fire’s flow path; unknown fire load; ventilation issues; utility panels, hanging wires, meters, and connections; and appliances. These risks can lead to fire fighter entrapment from floor collapse, burns, and asphyxiation. Fire departments should conduct a complete 360-degree size-up to locate the fire, attack the fire externally, and reassess fire conditions prior to conducting interior operations.

FDSOA’s New Aerial Maintenance Program

The Fire Department Safety Officer Association announced a new hands-on Aerial Maintenance program will be part of the 2019 Apparatus Maintenance & Specification Symposium. Aerial Maintenance: What you need to know program, with Instructor Mike Adams, Fleet Supervisor, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA), Colorado, on Wednesday, January 23rd in Orlando, Florida.
» More News from FDSOA: FDSOA Announces New Safety Forum Scholarship

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Carrying the Weight of PTSD to Raise Awareness and Support

Like many people in the fire service, the gravity of what Diana has seen and experienced lingered with her, leading to a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2009, she began competing in off-road trail races and triathlons to deal with her PTSD symptoms and found great healing in the sport.

National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters

National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters

Taking Steps to Honor and Remember Our Nation’s Fallen Firefighters

For the fourth year, the FDNY and the NFFF will host the Annual National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters on Sunday, October 28, 2018.


Fire Departments Can Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

Show your support for America’s fallen firefighters during the 2018 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend by coordinating a Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters event at your firehouse.

Upcoming Events

The Smoke House at Dover International Speedway

American Firefighter

9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

NFFF Golf Tournaments

Be a Hero, Save a Hero® app

Boot Scootin' Boogie 2018