Experts agree: Training is critical for firefighters and other first responders to stay safe, prepared, and effective. Yet in these challenging times, many firefighters, especially volunteers, often don't have the training they need to stay both safe and be effective.
FSF has released 2 new programs as follow-ons to to last year's introductory Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Response & Treatment Model. The programs delve into operational detail and address the top ten questions about the model, dubbed R2TM.
Developed and de-bugged in several large-scale simulations, the Hillsboro, Oregon-developed response model is the only practical model to address the main concern at most active shooter events: getting the wounded to definitive care as soon as possible.
Every year, U.S. firefighters sustain an average of nearly 90 line-of-duty deaths, over 1,000 serious or life-threatening injuries, and 19,000 exposures to hazardous substances. Much of our free training is focused on reducing these numbers.
Welcome to the Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF)
FSF is a 501(c)(3)tax-exempt non-profit organization primarily dedicated to assisting firefighters and rescue personnel perform their jobs effectively and safely through free training. We also try to mitigate the causes and effects of life-threatening on-scene dangers with equipment grants to under-funded agencies and through assistance to families with children of fallen firefighters.
The Firefighters Support Foundation provides advanced, life-saving materials and training, FREE of charge, to THOUSANDS of firefighters and rescue personnel nationwide EVERY YEAR. This is our primary mission.
Our goal is to bring the experience and guidance of leading edge instructors and thinkers in the field to public safety professionals across the country free of charge in a vital effort to help save lives.
For many fire departments around the country, FSF is a source of last resort for funds to purchase critical safety items. Our grant applicants have pursued other sources such as federal and state grants without success. Meanwhile, widespread economic pressures limit fundraising in local communities. FSF's grants enable departments to acquire much needed tools and equipment in spite of these obstacles.
Abel Fernandez, Chief of Safety
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
A portion of our revenues provide financial assistance to the surviving children of firefighters and paramedics killed on-scene, in the line of duty. These donations offer a heartfelt gift of thanks for their sacrifice.