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Press Release: FDNY Deputy Chief Thomas Dunne Book Donation

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

Press Release: Ernst Piercy Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees
   Former Air Force Academy Chief Ernst Piercy has been named to the Board of Trustees for the National Fire Heritage CenterErnst 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 s...
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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
BackgroundThe 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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The National Fire Heritage Center Volunteer Recruitment

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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Fire Chief Ronny J. Coleman: American Fire Service Pioneer

Fire Chief Ronny J. Coleman: American Fire Service Pioneer
Cover Photo: Christopher Baker, Member of the Board of Directors, Public Information Officer (Left) and Immediate Past President Fire Chief Ronny J. Coleman (Right) at the 2018 National Fire Heritage Center Annual Meeting in Emmitsburg, MD.Ronny J. Coleman is a retired Fire Chief, California State Fire Marshal, and Deputy Director of...
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Press Release: Mark Lamplugh Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

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

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

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

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

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
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

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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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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, 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

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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

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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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National Fire Heritage Center YouTube Channel

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Heritage Hall Project

Heritage Hall Project National Fire Heritage Center Original Concept
 Chief Ronny J. Coleman discusses the importance of preserving our fire service history on December 7, 2003.  Video Credits: Fire Chief Tom Forster.
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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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Giving Tuesday Now

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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