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The Foundation congratulates Steven Sasser of Goldsboro, North Carolina, the winner of our Custom Guitar Sweepstakes. Sasser won the custom painted, one-of-a-kind Fender Stratocaster, featuring the NFFF logo in the recent contest, held to raise money to help the families of fallen firefighters.
On January 13, 2021, Novato Fire Protection District Firefighter/Paramedic Nicole Scott received the Firefighter Hero Award for her leadership in addressing the behavioral health of firefighters. The Firefighter Hero Award program is a joint effort between MAGLITE® and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The program periodically honors single firefighters, groups, or whole departments for extraordinary commitment to upholding excellence in firefighting and related activities.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s scholarship programs, enable spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of our fallen firefighters pursue their educational and career goals. Apply by March 1, 2021.
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In addition to the Foundation’s scholarships, families of fallen firefighters may be eligible for educational assistance from other programs. Please contact these agencies and organizations directly for more information.
» PSOEA Program | State Benefits | W. H. McClennan Scholarship | 9/11 Promise Scholarships | Other Programs
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Strategies for Coping with Grief
In this brief video series, Michele Neff Hernandez, Founder and Executive Director of Soaring Spirits International, discusses some of the difficult aspects of grief and strategies for handling them.
We can all agree that 2020 was a year like none we have ever seen. The COVID pandemic brought collective loss and separation. Despite this additional challenge, we have worked to develop new approaches to help our community. Indeed, the ability to adapt to new circumstances is at the core of resilience and post-traumatic growth.
More than 70 years later, Truman’s legacy lives on in the form of the Truman Fire Forum Working Group. The group’s members are dedicated to preventing fires, advocating for safe communities, and preventing firefighter line-of-duty (LODD) deaths. The report from the Truman Working Group and its partner the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation focuses on promoting firefighter and community safety.
Fire Service Research Agenda & 18 Priorities for Fire Prevention
National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium will be held to identify areas where research is needed
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will host the National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium virtually in February and March to prioritize research that promotes firefighter safety, wellness, and efficiency. This Symposium, which is composed of researchers and practitioners, will be held online from February 15 through March 10, 2021. We arer partnering with Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute to convene the program.
Incident Commander-to-Incident Commander Webinar Series
In the Incident Commander Webinar Series National LAST Coordinator Ian Bennett and special guests discuss the incidents, their aftermath, the impact it had, and offer insight into what happens when an incident commander suffers a line-of-duty death on their watch.
This episode features Assistant Fire Chief Joe Ondrasek, Bryan Fire Department (TX), incident commander of a fire in a Knights of Columbus Hall where two firefighters died in the line-of-duty in Bryan, Texas on February 16, 2013.
NEXT EPISODE: February 25, 2021 1:00 PM EST
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Neosho (MO) Grain Bin Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Conway (SC) Residential Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Prince William County Residential Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Medical Office Building Fire
- Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Strand Theatre Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Commercial Shopping Center Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Knights of Columbus Hall Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Toledo Arson Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Philadelphia Fire
- NFFF IC-to-IC Discussion – Clarksville Mansion Fire
The National First Responder Covid-19 Grant Relief Program has been established to provide financial support to first responders and their families in need during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This micro-grant application will be open until funding is no longer available.
Like many of the programs within the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we conduct business at the First Repsonder Center for Excellence (FRCE). We had to step back and re-evaluate our scope and practices while still fulfilling our mission to protect the lives and livelihoods of first responders, nationwide. FRCE staff worked with our advisory committees to redirect some of our focus to COVID-19 education and best practices. We remain dedicated to our core mission of education and research initiatives that shed new light on challenges to health, safety, and well-being of firefighters, EMS personnel, and other first responders to reduce line-of-duty injuries and deaths as well as occupational illnesses.
The FRCE offers free support tools to help you promote the NFPA 1582 annual physical among first responders. The goal is for them to schedule their physical during the same month as their birthday. While the physical is mandatory for all active firefighters and EMS personnel, promoting its benefits and peace of mind helps to encourage their participation. These tools may be downloaded free or ordered and shipped to you from the FRCE.
Firefighter Physicals & NFPA 1582
For non-profit organizations such as the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, every dollar counts. Our Supporters can now increase the power of their donations by double (or more!) through the NFFF Matching Gifts Program.
Distant Cellars is getting ready to release the newest label of Tribute, but first needs to make room in their cellar. For the first time ever, they will be offering a sale on this amazing wine that supports our mission at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
- Get 15% off 3 bottles
- Get 25% off 6 bottles
- Get 35% off of 12 bottles or more!
Last October, we paid tribute to the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty while serving their communities as part of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters. These men and women will be honored in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October 2021. You can join us in honoring a hero on our Walk of Honor® in National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park by placing a brick in their memory.
The Thin Red Line Checking Account and Debit Card is the first in our series of community checking accounts. Honoring our everyday heroes and supporting organizations with every swipe of the card, firefighters and their family members can pay with pride while supporting the NFFF.
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To show their support for the firefighters who have put their lives on the line time and time again to rescue people and pets, C4 has created a lineup of Red Line dog collars, watch bands, and belts. They have designed these new products and donated to important causes that support their mission to help make a difference in the world.
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