Winter 2017 Newsletter

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Latest News

NFFF Forms New Organization to Address Occupational Health Issues Within the First Responder Community

The First Responder Center plans to become the leading resource for first responders and their family members in addressing physical and psychological health issues and to promote research in relevant fields to increase awareness of first responder health issues as well as prevent first responder deaths and injuries.

New NFFF Staff Members

The Foundation is pleased to welcome Ed and Jenna to the organization.

The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award to Be Presented to the International Fire Service Training Association

The award will be presented at the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 6, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Reps. Pascrell, Collins Unveil Legislation to Establish a National Firefighter Cancer Registry

The creation of this registry would enable researchers to study the relationship between firefighters’ exposure to harmful fumes and toxins and the increased risk for cancer.

1-800-Boardup Launches Fundraising Partnership With the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Donations will be directed to NFFF programs that honor fallen firefighter heroes, assist their survivors and help prevent future line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Survivor Programs News

Save the Date for These Upcoming Survivor Events

Outward Bound 2017

Outward Bound 2017

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is proud to again partner with Outward Bound for young adults, age 18-25 who have lost a firefighter parent. Outward Bound 2017 is an exciting 7-day program that will combine canoeing in the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area of Pennsylvania with activities designed to encourage self-expression and healing. This course challenges you to discover inner strength.

Programs for Children of Fallen Firefighters- Kids Camp ages 4-6

2017 Hal Bruno Kids Camps

In 2017, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will partner again with Comfort Zone Camp to provide a bereavement camp for children of fallen firefighters who have been honored in Emmitsburg. For the first time, the Foundation will hold both the 4-6 age camp and the 7-17 age camp together in Colorado.
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Fire Service Programs News

More from the Giving Courage Series

Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the Foundation will feature additional footage to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies.

Chief Kail Schoen


Suicide Posters for Your Department

ACT Now to prevent firefighter suicides

The risk of firefighter suicide is a growing concern within the fire service. More research has become a priority to better understand the issue and assist in developing interventions. A recent study of 893 firefighters by Florida State University and published in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research shows a strong relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and suicidal thoughts and attempts among firefighters.

The Last Five Days of August

Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman recalls the Minnesota LAST team deployment after a tragic accident involving the Beartown Firefighter Crew who were headed to the Box Canyon Fire in Utah.
» More LAST News in South Dakota: New firefighter teams to assist families after line-of-duty deaths

Can evolving technology improve safety and service?

Technological advances now allow the fire service access to data to improve firefighter safety and delivery of service.

Common Voices, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Champion Fire Sprinklers After New Year’s Day Fires in Massachusetts

On New Year’s Day morning two apartment fires raged in Massachusetts. Fire ripped through a Holyoke apartment building claiming the lives of three residents and displaced over 50 others.

Everyone Goes Home® Advocate Update

In November 2016, the management team from the Everyone Goes Home® Advocate program hosted a strategic planning meeting with the Regional Advocates. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Advocate activities and develop a strategic plan specific for the Advocate program and it’s activities.

Newport News Safety Officer Promotes Mental Health Awareness, Awarded Virginia Firefighter of the Year

Newport News Fire Department Safety Officer Lt. Sidney Lucus was named Virginia’s Firefighter of the Year for a new mental health peer support program he organized and help launch for the city inside station #1 downtown.

Nominations Open for 2017 Safety, Health, & Survival Section Awards

Do you know a fire chief or safety officer that sets the example? A person or an entire organization that is focused on personal safety and improving the overall health of our profession? Then now’s your chance to promote their efforts.

Get Involved

The Smokehouse Benefiting the NFFF is Coming to Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 1

Dover International Speedway is expanding its annual salute to our hometown heroes by welcoming all fans to The Smokehouse.
» Get Your Tickets to The Smokehouse at Dover International Speedway Today!

Upcoming Events

FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Fire Hero Learning Network