Fundraising efforts have been tied to the Fire Service Tribute Ride, and all donations made in support of the ride will go directly to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is an important non-profit organization that works to remember America’s fallen firefighters and aid their families. Supporting the Foundation is a way to simultaneously support the firefighters working in your community and to invest in them.
Donations may be made online or via mailed check. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in support this bike ride may do so here.
If you willing to donate, please consider contacting your employer to match your donation. Many employers will do so, and this is a great way to spread the word as well as increase the gift amount.
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization located in Emmitsburg, MD. The Foundation was created in 1992 with the mission to honor fallen firefighters and aid their surviving family members. The Foundation has developed a vast array of programs to fulfill their mission and support the American fire service.
Immediately following a line of duty firefighter death the Foundation is there to aid family members and other fire personnel. Local Assistance State Teams assist with the paperwork to secure benefits for eligible family members, and peer support networks can also provide emotional assistance to those affected by the tragedy. The Foundation also provides scholarships for dependents of a fallen firefighter, and these funds can be used for higher education and job training opportunities.
The Foundation sponsors an official national tribute to the previous year’s fallen firefighters during the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is also located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. At this site and the nearby National Fire Academy, the Foundation has assisted immediate survivors of a firefighter who died in the line of duty with lodging, meal and transportation costs so that they may attend weekend activities and ceremonies designated for surviving family members.
The Foundation is also proactive, and very much involved in promoting and teaching firefighter life safety to prevent future line of duty deaths. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted the 2004 Firefighter Life Safety Summit to examine the increasing number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths occurring each year. Out of this summit came the development of the “16 firefighter life safety initiatives” and the “Everyone Goes Home” program, which strives to reduce future firefighter deaths.
As a present firefighter, I can personally tell you that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a legitimate and impactful organization serving the American fire service. Fire service officers and chaplains can receive guidance on how to prepare for line-of-duty deaths and establish pre-incident plans and procedures through the Foundation’s Taking Care of Our Own program, the “16 firefighter life safety initiatives” are taught in firefighter classes all across the country, and materials promoting the “Everyone Goes Home” program are commonly found on fire station bulletin boards all over.
A link to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation may be found here.