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A historical look … Hal Bruno

This from Drew Smith:

Back in March while attending the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD I paid a visit to the National Fire Heritage Center . The NFHC is collecting written documentation of the history of the American fire service. One item that quickly caught my eye was a map of the City of Chicago that Hal Bruno had assembled. In the upper right are three cards with signatures of CFD companies. I was only able to photograph the first two cards before my camera battery died. The lower left had a list of companies and the push pins were color-coded to identify engines, trucks, squads, fog pressure, ambulances, and special units. Also affixed to this board were official CFD credentials issued to Hal by Commissioner Quinn.  Besides this board there were a number of other CFD-related items that were part of Hal’s collection and now reside at the NFHC.

If you are unfamiliar with Hal’s work, he grew up in Chicago and began work as a newspaper reporter in Chicago, eventually working for ABC news as a political director. He was a volunteer fireman, wrote a column for FIREHOUSE magazine for many years, and prior to his death served as chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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A call to help FDNY firefighters that have lost their homes

This from the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation:

Helping Our Own – Homes of 1,000 FDNY Families Lost or Badly Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Our brothers and sisters in FDNY need our help. Since the attacks of 9/11 the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has worked closely with the FDNY’s Counseling Services Unit and the retired firefighters who provide peer support. The counselors are now helping firefighters and other department employees deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and they need our help.

Below is a list of specific items that can make things a bit easier for the FDNY families in the coming days and weeks. This list will change as the needs of the members change. If you are able to help, please follow the instructions below so NFFF and the Counseling Services Unit can make sure your donation goes directly to those at FDNY who need it most.

Baby Formula
Baby Food
Blankets (New)
Bleach (Gallon Jugs)
Canned Food (Non-Perishable)
Demolition Tools
Deodorant (New Un-Opened)
Diapers (Wrapped, All sizes)
Extension Cords (Heavy Duty, 50 Foot+)
Feet Warmers
Feminine Hygienic Products (New Un-Opened Packages)
Fire Starters/Fire Logs
Flashlights with Batteries
Garden-Style Sprayer for Bleach Dispersement
Gas Cans (5-Gallon)
Generators (Gasoline Powered, 5000 Watts or Greater)
Gloves (Knit/Winter, All Sizes)
Halligan Bars
Hand Sanitizer (Personal-Sized Bottles)
Hand Warmers
Knit/Winter Hats (All Sizes)
Non-Perishable Snack Items (Granola/Cereal/Energy Bars/Trail Mix)
Paper Towels (New Un-Opened)
Pillows (New) Sleeping Bags (New)
Socks (All Sizes)
Toilet Paper (New Un-Opened)
Toothbrushes (New, Un-Opened)
Toothpaste (New, Un-Opened)
Trash Bags Contractor Grade
Underwear (Regular, Thermal; New, Un-Opened Packages, All Sizes)
Water (Personal Size or Gallon Jugs)
Wrecking Bars (Short Ceiling Hooks, Miscellaneous Hand Tools)
Work Gloves (Leather, All Sizes)

For any individuals, organizations, or fire departments that would like to donate items, please use this form and indicate which items that you are able to provide. Please note that the list may change as different needs arise. Once your information is submitted, someone will follow up with you by email to confirm your donation and provide shipping instructions for those items.

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New video from the NFFF – FDNY


The next video in the series ‘Everyone Goes Home’ by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, has been posted.

This video features the FDNY and is entitled “Still Working … So Everyone Goes Home”


Also, there is the CFD video that was released previously.


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4th Annual Golf Tournament for NFFF

From Glenside Fire Protection District Deputy Chief James L. Larsen

Good morning,

Here is information about our 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I hope you will consider sponsoring or golfing in this charity event that raises money for the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. Please feel free to share this information with friends, family, and co-workers. There are still golf and sponsorship opportunities available however we are already over half sold out. I hope to see you on Friday July 20, 2012!

Glenside FPD Charity Golf Outing for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Glenside FPD Charity Golf Outing for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation



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CFD – NFFF video Everyone Goes Home

Everyone Goes Home video

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Chicago Fire Department press release

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend Live Broadcast

Watch the 2011 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Live on the Web

Memorial Service Broadcast: Sunday, October 16, 2011 9:00 am – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
(Telecast Begins at 9:30 a.m.; Service Begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time)

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – Bells Across America

As mentioned in a previous post HERE, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is sponsoring the Bells Across America initiative this Sunday, October 16th in conjunction with the Firefighters Memorial Weekend.


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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – Bells Across America


National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Bells Across America

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9/11 Anniversary – Chicago Fire Department

9/11 Stair Climb in Chicago

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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

The 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend will be held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg on October 15-16, 2011. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration will honor 72 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2010. A bronze plaque containing their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, located here on the National Fire Academy campus. Seventeen firefighters who died in previous years will also be honored. The plaques surrounding the Memorial, which was established in 1981, will contain the names of more than 3,500 firefighters.

Twenty-seven states experienced line-of-duty deaths in 2010. Deaths resulted from vehicle accidents while en route to or returning from emergency calls, building collapses, natural disaster response, falling, drowning, heart attacks, and burns/smoke inhalation. Three multiple fatality incidents accounted for six deaths. One multiple fatality occurred during a flashover at a structural fire; one incident resulted from an apparatus accident, and one involved a building collapse at a commercial structure fire. Illinois had the nation’s greatest number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in 2010 with 8, followed by New York and Pennsylvania with 7; and Kansas had 6.

“Firefighters are called upon to face danger on a daily basis,” said Chairman of the NFFF Board of Directors, Chief Dennis Compton. “In October, a grateful Nation will honor their dedication and remember their sacrifice. The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend brings their loved ones and the fire service together to let their families, coworkers, and friends know that they will never be forgotten.”

For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend visit:

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