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Preserving the Perishable: What is Considered Historically Significant?

Certificate (C. 1832) Certificate (C. 1832)
During a recent zoom meeting, the participants, including myself, shared stories of historically significant items being discarded by fire departments. Often, it's personnel unfamiliar with the fire service's history and in a well-meaning attempt to do their part in cleaning up the station, they begin to discard things into the dumpster. They may n...
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National Fire Heritage Center Newsletter: September 2020

Waldbaum's Supermarket Fire (August 2, 1978) Waldbaum's Supermarket Fire (August 2, 1978)
Six firemen fell to their deaths as the blazing roof of a Brooklyn supermarket collapsed yesterday morning. It was the worst accident involving the city's firefighters in a dozen years. As the roof suddenly erupted in a burst of flames, dropping men into the center of the fire, a handful of other firemen —members of the first ladder companies to re...
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Press Release: Mary Tabata Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Mary Tabata Mary Tabata
Mary Tabata is a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. She is a Human Potential Catalyst and Teaching Academic in Leadership at Ducere Global Business School and has also taught as an adjunct professor of Organizational and Management Theory at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. Mary wo...
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Preserving the Perishable: A Fire Historian’s Never Ending Battle

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As a member of the fire service community, so many of us tend to naturally become collectors. Whether it be books, toys, models, hose appliances, or even up to and including antique apparatus, the fire service offers a little something for everyone. If you aren't a collector of something, I would venture a guess you just haven't been around the fir...
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Fire Chief Alan V. Brunacini: American Fire Service Pioneer

Alan Brunacini Alan Brunacini
Chief Alan V. Brunacini is one of the most highly respected figures in the fire and emergency services. He was born in Jamestown, NY, on April 18, 1937, to John N. and Mary T. Brunacini. The Brunacini family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the early '40s, where Alan attended school and graduated in 1955 from Highland High School. With some amb...
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Press Release: Deborah Wintner Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Deborah Wintner Deborah Wintner
Deborah K. Wintner joined STANLEY Security, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, as Vice President of Human Resources in May of 2018, where she has devoted her time establishing HR strategy and organizational capability in alignment with the business strategy. Deborah received a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from Peppe...
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Harold Mace: Emeritus Director of Fire Protection Publications and Fire Service Training

Harold Mace Harold Mace
Mr. Mace was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 23, 1939. He was raised on a farm in what is now the general area of the I-35/I-44 highway interchange in north Oklahoma City. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Central State University, now known as the University of Central Oklahoma. Upon graduating from college, he ...
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Press Release: Ben May Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Ben May Ben May
Ben May is a Board Director of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and recently retired Global Director of Corporate Alliances for the Walt Disney Company. He worked with Disney to create seven figure, interactive, social marketing experiences dedicated to the betterment of society- specifically fire protection and prevention-as well internati...
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Press Release: Dr. Carey D. Waddell Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Dr. Carey Waddell Dr. Carey Waddell
Dr. Waddell is currently serving as the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay F&ES Deputy Fire Chief, possessing 28 years of experience in the fire service. During an adventurous career, he has served in every rank within the fire service. After completing four years in the United States Air Force, he started a civil service career at Fort Bliss, T...
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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

Ernst Piercy Ernst Piercy
    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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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 o...
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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 ...
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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...
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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
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/ President Bill Killen is a Fire & Emergency Services Executive and retired F...
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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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  • Phone: (301) 876-3454