Washington, DC -- The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation expresses our heartfelt sympathy to all the families and coworkers of our fallen and injured brothers and sisters who so valiantly responded during our national tragedies. The Foundation pledges that these heroes will never be forgotten nor will their families.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) announced today that it has dispatched its senior staff and a grief specialist to assist the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) in its efforts to deal with the tragic and horrendous losses that occurred earlier this week. Services to be offered in New York include grief counseling, peer support and scholarships for the families of fallen firefighters.
Thanks to a grant provided by The Allstate Corporation and The Allstate Foundation and ongoing support from the Department of Justice, the NFFF will be able to immediately begin assisting FDNY in meeting the many needs of their survivors. The team will provide assistance in conjunction with efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its United States Fire Administration.
Here are some of the things you can do:
The Foundation has been in touch with FDNY survivors, NY State fire officials, representatives of chaplains' groups, and families of fallen firefighters from across the country. They have advised that we can best offer support by assisting the Fire Department of New York in channeling messages to the survivors and offers of donations and assistance.
We have offered to be a central point over the next few days for accepting messages of condolence for the families of our fallen and injured heroes. We will ensure that all of these messages are delivered to the families at an appropriate time. You can send these messages to by fax, email or regular mail to:
C/o National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
PO Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
The International Association of Fire Fighters has established a charity fund for the families. Contributions are tax deductible. Those wishing to send donations should send checks payable to "The New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund" to:
IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer's Office
Attn: New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5395
The Foundation also has an on-line Memory Wall for posting messages at www.firehero.org/wall/memory.htm.
We join with the Concerns of Police Survivors in asking all public safety personnel and the general public to wear red, white and blue ribbons in remembrance of our fallen fire and law enforcement personnel and the other victims. You may also show your support by attaching a red, white and blue ribbon to your vehicle.
Each year during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, families and coworkers leave personal messages on a Remembering banner. We encourage local departments and communities to do similar banners and send them to the Foundation for display at the National Fire Academy and to FDNY.
You can also send donations to the:
"The New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund" to:
New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 65858
Washington D.C. 20035-5858