National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Our mission is to honor America’s fallen fire heroes; support their families, colleagues, and organizations; and work to reduce preventable firefighter death and injury.

Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters 2022

Laconia Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

Inspired by Gayle Miller’s grassroots efforts, participants in beautiful Laconia and surrounding towns have chosen a variety of creative lighting options. Their stunning red displays range from simple to stunning, and can inspire other communities, too.

2022 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Add to Calendar

Each year, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
» National Remembrance of Fallen Firefighters Moves to May in 2023

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters 2022

2022 Kids Camp

Kids Camp gives grieving children a chance to “just be children.” For children who experience the loss of a primary loved one, dealing with grief can be a monumental challenge. When that loved one was a firefighter who sacrificed his/her life in the line of duty, those affected share a unique bond. Combining traditional camp fun with therapeutic benefits, Kids Camp gives them the added strength to meet that challenge together.

The NFFF is proud to once again be partnering with the LAFD and Full Vision to release a story all fire departments can relate to—and learn from.

Memorial Monday

August 17, 2022 marked the 105th anniversary of the death of Austin Fire Department Firefighter James T. Glass of Engine 6. This was the Austin Fire Department’s first line-of-duty death.

Watch the Latest IC to IC Discussion

This discussion features Assistant Fire Management Officer Steve Esser of the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division who recalls a wildland fire that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Trampus S. Haskvitz on August 11, 2011.

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» IC-to-IC Discussion: Hanover County Vehicle Accident (VA)

The National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is open for Public Visitors to Campus Memorials. All visitors will park in the lot adjacent to Building V1 where you will be security screened. Restrooms are also available in Building V1 for your convenience. Visitors are not permitted to enter NETC buildings and should follow the “marked” route on the map provided by campus security for access to the National Memorial.

Department Resources


NFFF Announces 4th Firefighter Life Safety Summit

This important gathering builds on the advances from previous Life Safety Summits in Tampa (FL) and Truman Fire Forums (2019 and 2022) to move firefighter health and safety strategies forward. A keynote speaker for the event is Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, whose in-depth work on command decision-making revolutionized the British Fire Service’s approach to incident command.

NFFF and the Public Safety Officer Support Act (HR 6943)

The legislation, which was signed into law by President Biden on August 16, 2022, makes significant changes to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program. Under the new law, “post-traumatic stress disorder, or trauma and stress related disorders… shall be presumed to constitute a personal injury within the meaning of…” the PSOB regulations.

Because of You Segment Highlights New Scholarship Program

Fox 5’s Gwen Tolbart sits down with the Hedrick family and others, to tell the story of their son, Kenny, and how the new Kenneth M. Hedrick Memorial Scholarship Fund is impacting others.

NFFF Spreads the Word About 988: The New Suicide Prevention Dialing Code

Keeping firefighters safe is part of NFFF’s core mission. That’s why we urge all members of the fire service to be familiar with 988: our nation’s new three-digit dialing code to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.



2022 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs

April – November 2022
Locations Across the U.S.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed races, but a way for everyone to remember America’s fallen firefighters.
» Find a Stair Climb Near You

Firehouse Expo 2022

September 26- 30, 2022
Greater Columbus Convention Center – Columbus, OH
Visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Booth #732.
» Climb at the Firehouse Expo 9/11 Stair Climb

41st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

October 8 – 9, 2022
NETC – Emmitsburg, MD
Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.
» Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters
» Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters
» Ways You Can Honor Fallen Firefighters

IC-to-IC Discussion: Hartford Residential Fire (CT)

October 27, 2022 1:00 pm ET
This discussion features Deputy Fire Chief Jim McLoughlin (Retired), of the Hartford Fire Department (CT), who recalls a residential structure fire that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Kevin L. Bell on October 7, 2014.