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Press Release: FDNY Deputy Chief Thomas Dunne Book Donation

Thomas Dunne is a retired Deputy Chief and 33-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. He recently published a book about his experiences in the FDNY. Deputy Chief Dunne was with the FDNY from 1981 to 2015 and he experienced numerous historical incidents including the Happy Lands Social Club fire in the Bronx and the 9/11 terror...
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The National Fire Heritage Center Volunteer Recruitment

The National Fire Heritage Center is currently recruiting volunteers for various historical preservation projectsAre you a High school or College student seeking an internship or externship opportunity?Are you a college student in a library science program?Are you a graduate student working on a thesis paper or project?Are you a doctoral student wo...
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Press Release: Mark Lamplugh Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Cover Photo: Curt Weldon former Congressman (left) with Mark Lamplugh (right)The National Fire Heritage Center is the result of a study done by the U.S. Fire Administration, where it identified that a "need to collect, preserve, and provide access to the historical records of the fire service/fire protection disciplines in the U...
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The History of Benjamin Franklin: Founder of The Union Fire Company

Cover Photo: Eric Okdeh Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by John Bigelow This fire company was formed Dec. 7, 1736.  It was designed primarily for the security of property of its members, though they did not limit their usefulness to their own members when their property was not in danger.  The Union Fire Company was in a...
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Elkton Annual Benefit Antique Fire Apparatus Muster & Flea Market

Cover Photo: John DenverThe National Fire Heritage Center, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Singerly Fire Company are hosting the Elkton Annual Benefit Antique Fire Apparatus Muster & Flea Market on August 22, 2020, in Elkton, MD. The Benefit Muster and Flea Market will be held at the Singerly Fire Company Station #13 o...
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Heritage Hall: A Common History for the Fire Service/Fire Protection Disciplines

In July 2005, a group of individuals gathered in Frederick, Maryland to discuss a concept that had been in the incipient stage for years. Retired California State Fire Marshal Ronny J. Coleman who had been elected as a chair of a planning committee, brought the group together for the primary reason of determining what future course of action could ...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2020

The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2020, will be recognized at FDIC International 2021, April 19-24, 2021. The National Fire Heritage Center established the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL) ten years ago to recognize individuals who distinguished themselves in the fire protection disciplines.  The HLLL is, in ...
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Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast With President Bill Killen

Podcast: The Future Firefighter - Fire Engineering Join host Chris Baker as he discusses the history of the fire service with Bill Killen of the National Fire Heritage Center. https://www.fireengineering.com/2020/04/28/487390/podcast-the-future-firefighter-bill-killen/ Bill Killen is a Fire & Emergency Services Executive and retired Fire Chief ...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

The National Fire Heritage Center's Board of Directors established the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL) in 2010. The HLLL provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the fire and emergency services mission. 1 Ben FranklinFounderUnion Fire Company2010 2John S. DamrellChief EngineerBoston Fire...
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Assistant Fire Chief Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel III

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders, Inductee #48Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel IIIFire Chief & EducatorBorn: December 12, 1931Died: April 9, 2020National Fire Heritage Center, Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders, Inductee #48, Assistant Fire Chief Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel III, passed away April 9, 2020, at home with family. Chief Seibel f...
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National Fire Heritage Center Archives

National Fire Heritage Center Digital Bookcase Download PDF File Here Committee on Fire Research (1962)The Committee on Fire Research, FINAL REPORT July 1959-June 1962 of the National Research Council   The Committee on Fire Research, FINAL REPORT July 1959-June 1962 of the National Research Council · Fire Files D...
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The Wingspread Conference Reports

Wingspread 1 (1966) Download PDF File Here Wingspread II (1976) Download PDF File Here Wingspread III (1986) Download PDF File Here Wingspread IV (1996) Download PDF File Here Wingspread V (2006) Download PDF File Here Wingspread VI (2016) Download PDF File Here Wingspread IX Cover Letter (2017) Download PDF File Here

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Heritage Hall Project

 Chief Ronny J. Coleman discusses the importance of preserving our fire service history on December 7, 2003.  Video Credits: Fire Chief Tom Forster.

Giving Tuesday Now

  Make a DonationThe NFHC accepts donations through PayPal and by check. Your donation to us is tax-deductible.  Make a donation via PayPal to help support the National Fire Heritage Center and our efforts to preserve the perishable written history of the American Fire Service.  If your donation is in memory of an individual or in su...
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September 2019 – Newsletter

Page not found – National Fire Heritage Center The NFHC is a non-profit organization working to preserve the written history of “fire in America.” https://fireheritageusa.org/newsletters/nfhc-september-2019-newsletter/download ​

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Ceremony at FDIC International 2019

 On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Opening Ceremony Day 2 of FDIC International 2019, the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC), which serves as a research facility for fire departments, collectors, fire service professionals, and others who need detailed specifications, base information, and general history relative to the fire service, inducted...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2018

The Board of Directors of the National Fire Heritage Center met in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Oct. 8, 2018 and inducted the following fire and emergency services leaders into the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders.Ronny J. ColemanRetired Fire Chief, California State Fire Marshal, and founding president of the National Fire Heritage CenterRonny Col...
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September 2018 collection donations

The National Fire Heritage Center recently received two very generous donations of storage equipment and historic texts.Flat filesThe NFHC was pleased to receive four flat files donated by Jay Livingston of Livingston Fire Protection. The files are ideal for preserving large old-time photos, drawings, posters and even smalls (stored in acid-free co...
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