The story of the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation


There are times in which we need to stop and reflect upon those things that at times seemingly slip by us…Take the time to look over some of the progress, support, initiatives and resources available to support not only the concepts of what we profess here at, but all of the multi-facets of the fire service….

The story of the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. Programs that help Fallen Firefighters families.

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths.

Work to prevent line-of-duty deaths: With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths. Our goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years. The Everyone Goes Home® is a national program by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries. In March 2004, a Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held to address the need for change within the fire service. At this summit, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were created and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home®.

Create a National Memorial Park: The Foundation is expanding the national memorial site in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to create the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. The park includes a brick Walk of Honor® that connects the Memorial Chapel and the official national monument.

  • If you haven’t look over the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF) web site in a while or this is new to you, then check it out HERE.
  • The Everyone Goes Home® program’s web site and resources is HERE
  • Taking Care of Our Own ® ; A Fire Chief’s Guide to Preparing for a Line-of-Duty Death, HERE
  • Firefighter Life Safety Resource Tool Box, HERE
  • Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program Advocates, HERE

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