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Fire Chief Harvey Eisner: A Major Driving Force in the American Fire Service

Harvey Eisner Harvey Eisner
Harvey Eisner, a long time Editor of Firehouse Magazine, provided a view of the fire service through a camera lens that the public doesn't often get to see. He grew up as a boy in awe of the many fire stations and apparatus of the FDNY. This article is a glimpse of Harvey J. Eisner, the silent giant in the fire service that captured the American Fi...
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Press Release: Adrian Sheppard Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

Adrian Sheppard Adrian Sheppard
Adrian Sheppard was appointed Fire Chief of the City of Richmond, CA, on December 31, 2014. Throughout his time in Richmond, Chief Sheppard has implemented technologies and strategies that capture data to improve the community's emergency response. He believes that using data leads to informed decision-making for the procurement and deployment of r...
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Press Release: President Rodney Slaughter

President Rodney Slaughter, MSOD President Rodney Slaughter, MSOD
"Our past history informs our present condition, as we chart our course for the future," this is the tagline that Rodney Slaughter, CEO/President of the National Fire Heritage, uses to remind people of our purpose. The mission of the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) is to preserve the perishable history of the fire services and fire protection ...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class 2021

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders
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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Preserving the Perishable: Remembering Our Past Protects Our Future

The Great Chicago Fire Currier & Ives Lithograph Of The Fire (1871) The Great Chicago Fire Currier & Ives Lithograph Of The Fire (1871)
Another Fire Prevention Week is upon us and the fire service takes this week to focus public attention on the need to practice fire prevention throughout the year. This is a necessary time to reflect that remembering our past helps preserve and protect our future. By looking back into history, we can chart a pattern of safety changes in fire preven...
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Preserving the Perishable: The Importance of Documenting History

Preserving the Perishable: The Importance of Documenting History
Cover Photo: Krystyna Krakowski, far left, and her team at Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue. I remember attending a fire conference and the topic was Safety and Apparatus Response. A side discussion started regarding beating a first due company to their own call. The engineer joked that he carried business cards and said he would place them on t...
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Preserving the Perishable: A Fire History Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Preserving the Perishable: A Fire History Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words
In this edition of Preserving the Perishable, I thought I would explain the do's and don'ts of photograph preservation briefly. As a historian and a genealogist, I frequently see the results of improper photograph archiving and how it destroys the precious history that we treasure. I remember, at the passing of my grandparents, shoe boxes and album...
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Media Advisory: Membership

Illustration of Dutch Fire (C. 1684) Illustration of Dutch Fire (C. 1684)
The value of historical documents for research can be seen in one of the oldest artifacts in the National Fire Heritage Center archives. Pictured is a newspaper story in a Dutch newspaper published in 1684, that shows the state of building technology in contrast to the evolution of fire protection technology. The illustrated picture of a 4-sto...
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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

FDNY House-Log FDNY House-Log
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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Beta Test: Benjamin Franklin Writer's Award

Benjamin Franklin Writer's Award Benjamin Franklin Writer's Award
About the Award: Established to preserve the history of America's fire services, the National Fire Heritage Center recognizes that authors of books, magazines, newsletters, and a variety of media are key preservers of America's fire service history. Their stories keep alive the events and people who might otherwise have been lost through generation...
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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: 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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