Emmitsburg, MD – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has received a $1 million Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FPS) to produce firefighter life safety training and materials as part of the Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program.
Fire Prevention and Safety (FPS) grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). Through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP), the Foundation has received over $2.7 million in the past 3 years to help support our efforts to reduce the number of firefighter fatalities by 25% within 5 years, and by 50% within 10 years.
Over the past three years, the Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program has produced and distributed two Firefighter Life Safety Resource Kits to over 35,000 departments nationwide. A third Firefighter Life Safety Resource Kit is due to be released within the coming weeks. These DVDs/CD-ROM kits contain training videos and articles on firefighter health, wellness and safety.
Numerous training programs have also been developed and delivered across the U.S. including the Courage to be Safe®. This provocative and moving presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence. Building on the untold story of LODD survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death and provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths.
Together with the Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program website, www.EveryoneGoesHome.com, these and other safety and wellness resources are made readily available to the fire service.
Through this latest grant, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will continue to produce firefighter life safety training materials that ensure Everyone Goes Home®. “Funding provided through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is critical to the delivery of such programs, and only through these types of supportive endeavors could the Foundation and other fire service organizations be able to carry on this critical firefighter life safety work”, said Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director for the Foundation.
About the Everyone Goes Home® Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program
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. Through this meeting, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were produced and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home®. For more information about the Everyone Goes Home® Program visit www.everyonegoeshome.com or contact us at 1.877.344.0361.
About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. With the support of fire and life safety organizations and funding from Fireman’s Fund and the Department of Homeland Security, the NFFF launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths. Its goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in five years. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit www.firehero.org.