Winter 2018 Newsletter

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Leonard King

Remembering Chief Leonard T. King, Sr.

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.

Philicia McCauley

The NFFF Welcomes New Staff

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to announce that Philicia McCauley has joined our staff as a Financial Manager.

NFFF Congratulates Jack Sullivan on Receiving the FDSOA Lifetime Achievement Award

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

Fire Hero Family Wellness Conference to Be Held in Blue Ash, OH

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.

There is Still Time to Apply for the 2018 – 2019 Sarbanes Scholarship

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

Help Extend the Reach of NFFF Sarbanes Scholarships

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

Outward Bound
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

Attributes of Leading Train-the-Trainer to Be Held at Firehouse World

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.
» Sign Up for the Train-the-Trainer

Apply to Be an Everyone Goes Home® Advocate

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.

Wildfire Listening Sessions

Everyone Goes Home® – Wildfire Listening Sessions

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.

Fire Hero Learning Network Launches Certificate Program

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.

Everyone Goes Home® Program Wants Your SOPs

We’re collecting information about SOPs on cancer reduction, violent incidents, mental health, and response policies to highlight best practices.

Happening Soon

Firefighter Physiological Monitoring Technology Summit

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.

Initiative 11: Addressing a National Emergency Response Policy

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.


Get Involved

2018 New York Knicks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Presented by Chase

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.


Upcoming Events


2018-2018 Scholarship Program


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