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Heritage Hall: A Common History for the Fire Service/Fire Protection Disciplines

Heritage Hall: A Common History for the Fire Service/Fire Protection Disciplines

On July 17, 2006, 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 ...

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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2020

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

Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast With President Bill Killen

President Bill Killen is a Fire & Emergency Services Executive and retired Fire Chief with 64+ year's fire risk management and fire and emergency services management experience, with 39 years at the Chief Officer level. He commissioned the National Mutual Aid System Task Force following Hurricane Katrina, September 2005, resulting in the Nation...

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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

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The concept for the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL) was presented to the National Fire Heritage Center board of directors by then vice-president Bill Killen to be the "Hall of Fame" for the fire services in 2009. Following several discussions and a couple of conference calls, the board adopted the concept and established the Hall of Le...

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Who's Who in Fire Protection

Who's Who in Fire Protection

The National Fire Heritage Center's Who's Who in Fire Protection is the de facto list of people who are making a difference every day in the North American Fire Protection disciplines. This includes Combat Firefighters and Officers, as well as people in Fire Prevention, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Training, Fire Equipment and Fire Truck ...

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Assistant Fire Chief Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel III

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders, Inductee #48 Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders, Inductee #48

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders, Inductee #48Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel IIIFire Chief & EducatorBorn: December 12, 1931Died: April 9, 2020 National 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 ...

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The Wingspread Conference Reports

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Wingspread, like many successful conferences that have had a lasting importance to the nation's fire service such as the Williamsburg '70 Conference, the Stonebridge Conference, the Rockville Report, etc., the name often associated with such meetings and their post-conference reports refer to the location where a given conference was held, be it a ...

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National Fire Heritage Center Newsletter: April 2020

National Fire Heritage Center Newsletter: April 2020 NFHC Newsletter: April 2020

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

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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 six m...

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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 files The 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 ...

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Open-Ended Questions For Oral History Interviews

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This is Part 5 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. The types of questions you ask are critical to the success of your interview. Open-ended questions are questions that encourage people to talk about what is important to them...

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Oral History Tools of the Trade and Interview Questions

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This is Part 4 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. The pre-plan In preparation for your interview, you should: Learn as much as you can about the person beforehand.Bring a file folder of archived material.Be prepared with a s...

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Preplanning Your Oral History Interview

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This is Part 3 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. There is a pretty good chance at this point that you already know a person that you would like to interview. If not, look around your organization and you will probably find ...

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Ethical Considerations For Oral History Interviews

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This is Part 2 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. Interview styles If there is a contemporary interview style that you could easily identify with and effectively adopt, it might be that of a mental health care professional. ...

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Benjamin Franklin Fire Writer’s Award winner announced

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The National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) has announced Fireproof Children/Prevention1st of Rochester, New York, as the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Fire Writer's Award for authorship of the formal text, "Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention." The award was presented on July 26 to Prevention1st president Molly Cl...

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Wingspread VI Conference Report

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The sixth Wingspread conference was held last year in Racine, Wisconsin. Wingspread conferences are convened once every 10 years to discuss issues impacting the fire and rescue service now and into the foreseeable future. Forty-three fire and rescue leaders were invited to this intense three-day meeting. Conference participants discussed fourteen i...

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Conducting Oral History Interviews

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The American fire service is fascinating in terms of the breadth of its history, the richness of its traditions, and the deeply embedded values and beliefs of those that serve this profession. The National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) exists precisely to document and hold in trust the history and culture of the American Fire Service for future gener...

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40 Years Ago: The Day the American Fire Service Changed

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A fire that swept through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, on May 28, 1977, killed 162 people and injured more than 100. As a result of this tragedy, national fire codes for public assembly occupancies were changed to require — for the first time — fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems to help prevent such an event from happeni...

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Tree dedication in memory of Jan Gratton

 A memorial tree was planted on April 24 at the National Fire Heritage Center in memory of Jan Gratton, a national leader in public fire education. Jan's family — daughter Laurie Welton, granddaughter Jenny and grandson Frank — traveled from California to help plant the tree. The U.S. Fire Administration's Mary Marchone and Doc Kinny with the ...

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  • The National Fire Heritage Center
  • Physical Address: 17701 Creamery Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
    Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 76, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
  • Phone: (301) 876-3454