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A Message from the Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Board of Directors
Our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors evaluated many options to continue the tradition of gathering in front of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this October. While we are disappointed to postpone the 2020 Memorial Weekend events, it is important to know that the nation’s fallen firefighters will not be forgotten. On October 4, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will broadcast a National Tribute to honor America’s Fallen Firefighters.
Even though we cannot be together in Emmitsburg this fall for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, it is more important than ever to show our Fire Hero Families and firefighters that we will always honor and remember our nation’s heroes. The Foundation invites individuals, communities, organizations, landmarks, and fire departments to join us for Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.
Even during these extraordinary times, we find comfort and hope in coming together to support one another. This fall, communities can join us for the tribute to firefighters who died in the line of duty while protecting our neighborhoods. During this annual tribute, communities, faith congregations, and fire departments ring their bells on the weekend of the national tribute for fallen firefighters.
Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to earn the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, which is the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar. The Foundation earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, by showcasing the progress and results we are making toward our mission!
Message to the Nation’s Fire Service from Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF
Our mission also includes a focus on keeping firefighters safe. We urge each of you and your department to remain ever watchful and do all you can to return to your families safe and healthy. With that in mind, we’ve put together some important resources that may help you.
Kids Camps are offered every summer to two separate age groups: one for school-aged children and one for younger campers. The camps welcome children and step-children of any firefighter who has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Speaking Grief is a documentary aimed at creating a more grief-aware society by validating the experience of grievers and helping guide those who wish to support them. It aired on National Grief Awareness Day, August 30, 2020.
Having resilience means being able to recover quickly from difficulties. And never in this century has resilience proven more important than now! Over the years, we’ve spoken with many Fire Hero Families about how they have worked toward becoming more resilient.
This group of applicants is the first to receive scholarship awards under the Foundation’s newly restructured scholarship program. Under the new program, developed in consultation with our scholarship partners, awards are now based on an assessment of a student’s financial need and academic performance.
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.
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Go Down Swinging – The Nathan Espinosa Story
“The Nathan Espinosa Story” tells the story of a Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) rookie firefighter who was seriously injured in a fire. The documentary also illustrates the actions taken by Chief Ralph Terrazas and LAFD to embark on cultural and operational changes in light of this event. The NFFF thanks Nathan, his family, Chief Terrazas and the LAFD for their willingness to share their experiences. This documentary is presented by the LAFD and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Stay tuned for the premier of the full documentary soon.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in cooperation with Stonehouse Media, is pleased to present When an LODD Occurs: Incident Commanders Speak, our latest resource for preparing incident commanders (IC) to cope with a firefighter line-of-duty (LODD).
Incident Commander Webinar Series
This webinar featured 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.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in partnership with First Arriving, is looking for stories on how fire and life safety codes have impacted your community, department and personnel.
The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has released a new research report, “Analysis of the Coordination of Suppression and Ventilation in Multi-Family Dwellings” based on a series of experiments conducted as part of the “Study of Coordinated Fire Attack Utilizing Acquired Structures.”
A devastating wildland fire, known as the Blackater Fire, left 38 firefighters injured and 15 dead near Cody, Wyoming on August 21, 1937.
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.”
Starting on September 11, 2020 through the end of the year, join climbers nationwide in honoring our 9/11 heroes. In 2020, virtual climbers will bring this national remembrance to their communities, personalizing their journey to “Never Forget.”
An expanded 9/11 Stair Climb program includes virtual events and toolkit, making this annual remembrance globally accessible
Each year, firefighters and communities gather at 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb events across the U.S. to remember the brave men and women that died on September 11, 2001. This annual tradition will continue in 2020, with many of our local climbs expanding to include virtual options or adapting to an all-virtual format to adhere to varying social distancing and travel guidelines.
We remind individuals that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation does not now, and never has, solicited individual donations over the phone.
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2020 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs
Locations Across the US – Various Locations, Various Locations, US
June 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournaments
Locations Across the US – Various Locations, Various Locations, US
June 1, 2020 – November 14, 2020
National Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters (Virtual)
September 11, 2020 – December 31, 2020
2020 Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting
December 4, 2020