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Press Release: Dr. Carey D. Waddell Joins the National Fire Heritage Center Board of Trustees

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

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

    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 #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

Wingspread 1 (1966)  Download PDF File Here File Name: 1966Wingspread File Size: 279 kb Download File Wingspread II (1976) Download PDF File Here File Name: 1976Wingspread File Size: 1 mb Download File Wingspread III (1986) Download PDF File Here File Name: 1986Wingspread File Size: 250 kb Download File Wingspread IV (1996) Download PDF File H...
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NATIONAL FIRE HERITAGE CENTER PRESIDENT PENS HISTORY

William D. "Bill" Killen, National Fire Heritage Center President/CEO and past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, has authored and published History of the Apollo and Skylab Astronaut Rescue Team.  The release of the 186-page book coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 12, the sixth crewed flight i...
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September 2019 – Newsletter

September 2019 - Newsletter https://www.fireheritageusa.org/newsletters?task=document.viewdoc&id=1

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

 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...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2018

The Board of Directors of the National Fire Heritage Center met in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Oct. 8, 2018 and inducted the following fire and emergency services leaders into the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders. Ronny J. ColemanRetired Fire Chief, California State Fire Marshal, and founding president of the National Fire Heritage Center Ronny C...
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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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  • Physical Address: 17701 Creamery Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
    Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 76, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
  • Phone: (301) 876-3454