National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Will Honor and Remember 144 Firefighters

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will host the 42nd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend (Memorial Weekend) on May 6-7, 2023 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This year’s national tribute will honor 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2022 and 65 firefighters who died in previous years. Detailed information about the 144 firefighters being honored is included in the 2023 Roll of Honor.

2023 National 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has announced a change in venue for the 2023 National 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters. This annual event benefits the FDNY Counseling Service Unit and NFFF programs for families of fallen firefighters. This year’s National Stair Climb will be held on Sunday, October 15—and for the first time ever, the climb is taking place at Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open Championships.

National Fire Service Organizations Express Outrage at Cuts to Grants to Local Fire Departments

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the National Fire Protection Association all joined together in a unified voice to express outrage at recently proposed cuts to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. Our organizations call upon Congress to restore funding to these programs.

The Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022

On August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022 into law. This new law (P.L. 117-172) makes significant changes to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program – extending coverage for first responders who die as a result of suicide under certain circumstances or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of traumatic self-inflicted injury. The law is retroactive to January 1, 2019.

NFFF and FRCE Select New Chief Executive Officer

Following the recent retirement announcement of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE) Executive Director Chief Ron Siarnicki, the NFFF and FRCE Board of Directors began a nationwide search for a replacement. Utilizing the services of Vetted Solutions, a Washington DC-based executive search firm specializing in non-profit work, the Board-established search committee has selected NFFF Managing Director Victor Stagnaro to lead the organization after Chief Siarnicki finishes his term in December of 2023.