It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Retired Chief Leonard T. King, Sr., of Deale, Maryland, died Thursday, February 1, at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland. Chief King represented the Maryland Fire Service on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2003-2015. He played a key role in establishing the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in 1982 and worked with Chief A. Marvin Gibbons to create the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to announce that Philicia McCauley has joined our staff as a Financial Manager.
Richard Maddox, Chairman of the FDSOA Board of Directors, announced John (Jack) Sullivan, director of training, Emergency Responder Safety Institute, the 2018 winner of the annual Dave Dodson Lifetime Service Award.
Fire Hero Family Programs News
The conference is open to spouses, life partners, parents, adult children and siblings of fallen firefighters honored at the National Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This conference will include opportunities to reflect on your experiences, connect with other fire service families, and find new direction for your future. Focus will be on information and strategies you can incorporate into your daily life.
The 2018-2019 Sarbanes Scholarship Program provides assistance to spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Apply by April 1, 2018.
» Attention Spouses & Partners: Columbia Southern University Scholarship Application Opens May 1
Our scholarship program is possible through the generous support of several partners, including the Engine Company 5 Foundation/Steel Family Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. For the last several years, the Engine Company 5 Foundation has awarded additional funds to nine of the scholarship recipients through the Terry Manning and David Edwards Memorial Scholarships. In the future, the Engine Company 5 Foundation wants to assist more children of fallen firefighters wishing to pursue a degree.
Save the Date for These Upcoming Fire Hero Family Events
June 9 – June 15, 2018
This exciting 7-day program, for young adults, age 18-25 who have lost a firefighter parent, combines hiking the Appalachian Trail with activities designed to encourage self-expression and healing. This course challenges you to discover inner strength.
Hal Bruno Kids Camps
June 29 – July 1, 2018
We will partner again with Comfort Zone Camp to provide a bereavement camp for children of fallen firefighters who have been honored in Emmitsburg. The Foundation will hold both the 4-6 age camp and the 7-17 age camp together in New Jersey.
Young Adults Retreat
August 2 – 4, 2018
We will hold a retreat for children, for ages 18-25, who have lost a firefighter parent. You will interact with other young people who have had similar experiences, gain skills to deal with grief and to develop increased independence and self-expression.
Fire Service Programs News
Using the newly produced National Fallen Firefighters Foundation video series “Attributes of Leading,” Kevin Conant and Brian Crandell will offer an a new course during Firehouse World 2018.
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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home® program is encouraging firefighters to apply for Everyone Goes Home® advocate positions in each state to promote the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and to reduce firefighter LODDs and injuries.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently hosted six regional listening sessions for stakeholders across the country, to explore questions, answers, and approaches to the problem of reducing wildland fire line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
The NFFF has debuted a new tool in its mission to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries. The Foundation’s Fire Hero Learning Network now offers an Emergency Services Risk Reduction Program Certificate.
We’re collecting information about SOPs on cancer reduction, violent incidents, mental health, and response policies to highlight best practices.
Since 2004, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with organizations that are advancing firefighter safety and survivability. We will collaborate with Skidmore College’s SMARTER program to present groundbreaking information on the emerging field of firefighter wearable technology to reduce LODDs.
On May 17-18, 2018, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is hosting Initiative 11: Addressing a Fire Service National Emergency Response Policy conference to address converging issues on response policies. The goal of the conference will be to uncover how attitudes toward response policies have evolved since the last formal look we undertook in 2007.
New York Knicks Will Hold First-Ever Knicks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Presented by Chase at Madison Square Garden
The New York Knicks and Chase will hold the first-ever Knicks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 31 inside Madison Square Garden, prior to the team’s First Responders Night game against the Detroit Pistons at 5:00 pm. The Stair Climb will be open to 343 participants, who will have the opportunity to climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs, paying tribute to the 343 FDNY members who passed away on September 11, 2001. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) organizes and executes 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs all over the country.
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