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NFHC NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS THE HALL OF LEGENDS, LEGACIES, AND LEADERS: Class 2023

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Background The National Fire Heritage Center Board of Directors is accepting nominations for the Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL).Nominations will be accepted from June 15, 2022 through September 15, 2022. The HLLL provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the F...

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Press Release: Linda Wells Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Directors

Press Release: Linda Wells Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Directors

The National Fire Heritage Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Wells to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Heritage Center. Linda Wells is the Manager of the Research Library and Archives at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). She launched the NFPA Digital Archive to provide direct access to the full text of...

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Robert J. Brady: Fire and EMS Audiovisual Training Pioneer

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Robert J. Brady, Sr. (1919-1992), an audiovisual pioneer, combined new and developing training technology with Fire and EMS content to form the Robert J. Brady Company, one of the world's largest Fire and EMS publishing companies. His love and respect for the Fire/EMS service continued in his retired years. There he chose to spend a large portion o...

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Press Release: Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class 2022

Press Release: Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class 2022

The mission of the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) is to preserve the perishable history of the fire services and fire protection disciplines. The Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders (HLLL) helps fulfill that mission by providing recognition to the individuals who have made significant contributions and have distinguished themselves in the ...

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Oral History Interviews Panel Discussion

Oral History Interviews Panel Discussion

Oral History Interviews allows you to capture and preserve the memories, history, traditions and importantly the stories of survival and success, along with lessons learned. It is said that the loss of a single firefighter is like losing an entire library of knowledge. The history of your organization is embedded in the memories and stories of thos...

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Preserving the Perishable: Engaging the Future Generations of the Fire Service

Preserving the Perishable: Engaging the Future Generations of the Fire Service

If you are anything like the authors of this blog article, you did not start as a fire protection and firefighting history lover. It grew on you as you became more and more involved in the service. Soon you stumbled across a relic at a flea market or in someone's basement and a collector was born. Whether it be a toy fire truck (our personal f...

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Press Release: PastPerfect Software

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In January of 2021, the NFHC purchased access to an online museum cataloging software system known as PastPerfect, the world's leader in collection and contact management software. PastPerfect, produced by PastPerfect Software, Inc, out of Exton, PA, will allow for the cataloging of publications, documents, and photographs and store electronic...

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SOAR With The NFHC

SOAR With The NFHC

Revitalizing the Commitment and Culture of the National Fire Heritage Center, Library and Archives - Rodney Slaughter, President/CEO  Download PDF File Here File Name: Soar With The NFHC - Article File Size: 2.7 mb Download File SOAR With The NFHC Presentation  File Name: NFHC SOAR File Size: 320 kb Download File  NFHC Talking P...

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Nomination Instructions: Benjamin Franklin Writer’s Award 2022

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Established to preserve the history of America's fire services and fire protection disciplines, the National Fire Heritage Center recognizes that authors of books, magazines, newsletters, and a variety of media are key preservers of America's fire services and fire protection disciplines history. Their stories keep alive the events and people who m...

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Benjamin Franklin Writer's Award 2021

Benjamin Franklin Writer's Award 2021

The National Fire Heritage Center was established to preserve the history of America's fire services and fire protection disciplines. Currently, the archive library contains over 15,000 logged documents of major historical value. Benjamin Franklin, the father of America's Fire Service, left a vast legacy of written products. He encouraged writers t...

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National Fire Heritage Center: Annual Report 2020

All - for those interested in seeing that historically important written aspects of prevention and prevention advocacy don't get lost, the attached annual report from the nation's fire-related archive effort is likely to be of interest. Based in Emmitsburg, a short distance from the NFA/USFA-NETC, the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) is focused...

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Nomination Instructions: The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class 2022

The National Fire Heritage Center Board of Directors has opened nominations for the Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL). Nominations will be accepted from June 15 through August 15, 2021. The HLLL provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the Fire and Emergency Ser...

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Dr. Harry E. Hickey: Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science in Fire Protection: A Respected Academics Vision of the Future

Dr. Harry E. Hickey: Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science in Fire Protection: A Respected Academics Vision of the Future

In a fire protection career spanning 52, Dr. Harry E. Hickey influenced many people in the fire service, academia, insurance and research, as an authority in hydraulics and public protection. Dr. Hickey was initially inspired to fire protection service by his family. Born on September 3, 1930, in Fredonia, New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hickey. Hi...

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Press Release: Ernst Piercy Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

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    Former Air Force Academy Chief Ernst Piercy has been named to the Board of Trustees for the National Fire Heritage Center Ernst is a retired fire chief, with more than 35 years in the fire service. Most recently, he served as the Regional Fire Chief for Navy Region Southwest in San Diego, California. Previously, he...

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Nomination Instructions: The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2021

Nomination Instructions: The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2021

Background The National Fire Heritage Center Board of Directors has opened nominations for the Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL). Nominations will be accepted from June 15, 2020, through August 15, 2020. The HLLL provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the Fire...

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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

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

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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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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