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Firehouse Kitchen Talk with Lt. Rob Brown, P.A., L120 – February 27th, 2018, 6-9pm

Our Firehouse Kitchen Talk with Chief Mike Gala on January 30th could not have been more of a success. Thank you to everyone who came out! We hope to see you at the next talk, held here at Friends of Firefighters on Tuesday, February 27th. Join us for another delicious firefighter-prepared dinner followed by an informative presentation from Lt. Rob Brown, P.A., Ladder 120, on “Heart and Lung Health: How to Retire Healthy From Your Career in the Fire Service.” Rob is Founder and Director of The New York Firefighters Heart and Lung Institute in Manhasset, NY, and has published numerous articles on firefighter health and safety. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to heart and lung diseases that affect firefighters, and will discuss the benefits of being proactive so that one can retire healthy from a career in the fire service. As always, our Firehouse Kitchen Talks are open to active and retired FDNY firefighters. No RSVP necessary, and as Tony Cat says, “Bring a friend.”

FoF accepting donations for Toys for Tots!

We are collecting items for Toys for Tots! Items can be dropped off at our Red Hook, Brooklyn office any time between 9AM and 5PM Monday through Friday. Toys will be collected through December 15th. Happy Holidays!

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Happy #GivingTuesday! We’d like to use this opportunity to thank all of our supporters – you make FoF’s mission possible. Here are some ways you can help us continue to provide counseling and wellness services for NYC’s Bravest and their families:

Recently at Friends of Firefighters

Tony Catapano made Honorary Battalion Chief
Our own Tony Cat, long-time FoF volunteer, cook, peer supporter, firehouse restorer, and all-round hand in everything FoF-related, was made Honorary Battalion Chief last week in a ceremony held at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn. Congrats, Tony!

Photos from our 10th Annual Fall Gala

We owe a huge thank you to everyone who made this year’s gala such a hit. Your support allows us to continue to provide much-needed counseling and wellness services to NY’s Bravest – this year we raised over $140,000 that will go directly toward these services. Whether you were a sponsor, donated food, provided auction items, volunteered, or simply joined us in what we like to think of as New York City’s best party, we owe our 16 years of success to your generosity. A full gallery of photos from the evening can be found here.

Fall Gala Honoree Spotlight: Chief Vincent Dunn

HONOREE SPOTLIGHT: Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn is the recipient of this year’s Man of the Year award at our Fall Gala on Tuesday, October 24 at Pioneer Works.
Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn was a FDNY firefighter and retired after for 42 years. Before retirement, he rose in rank to Commander of Division 3, Midtown Manhattan. He is a recognized authority on firefighting and is a nationally recognized expert on high-rise firefighting, rescue, and building collapse. Deputy Chief Dunn was also selected to serve as a consultant in the investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center.
Chief Dunn is an author of a number of textbooks: Collapse of Burning Buildings , Safety and Survival on the Fireground, and Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies, and is a contributing editor with Firehouse Magazine.

Dunn has been a great supporter of Friends of Firefighters and has been a featured keynote speaker at Friends of Firefighters monthly Firehouse Kitchen Talk. He was born in Queens, NY and earned a master’s degree in urban studies, a bachelor’s in sociology, and an associate’s degree in fire administration from Queens College.

On 9/11, people remember their favourite story about Steve Buscemi

On 9/11, people remember their favourite story about Steve Buscemi

Ways to commemorate the anniversary of September 11th in New York City

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks to the World Trade Center. Anniversaries can be difficult; public and publicized events do not always echo our private, more personal remembrances. Some of us may struggle with uncomfortable feelings of grief, sadness, anger, overwhelm; others may completely numb out. It is normal to experience a range of (sometimes conflicting) feelings.

Pay attention to yourself and these feelings.
Know yourself and consider how you would like to mark the day.
Be flexible with yourself and listen to your own cues.
Allow others to support and care for you.

Friends of Firefighters was founded in response to 9/11 and we have since made it our mission to provide long-term mental health and wellness services to the FDNY firefighter community.

Reach out to us at 718-643-0980. We are here for you.

If you are in crisis call On the Line, a 24-hour support hotline.

Commemorative Events in NYC
September 11th Tribute in Light / Dusk to Dawn on September 11th
Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11 / September 2017 (ongoing daily)
Memorial Ceremony at the World Trade Center site / 8:30AM-12:00PM
St. Paul’s Chapel Commemorates the Anniversary / At preciesely 8:46AM, St. Paul’s Chapel, which stands directly across from the World Trade Center, will ring the Bell of Hope.

Friends of Firefighters receives a grant from the Motorola Foundation

Friends of Firefighters has received a grant for $5,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, FoF will be able to continue its support of the FDNY community through confidential counseling and wellness services for FDNY firefighters and their families.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations like FoF, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

Quote: Nancy Carbone, Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Firefighters thanks Motorola Foundation: “Support from foundations like Motorola Solutions affirms our mission and work. This grant will go directly to supporting the provision of mental health services and educational seminars to the firefighter community the way in which we believe they should be provided: by a team of professional staff sensitive to, and knowledgeable about, the firefighter culture, free of charge, and with complete confidentiality in a firehouse setting.”

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Friends of Firefighters. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive […]

August’s Firehouse Kitchen Talk to feature Michael Barasch of Barasch, McGarry, Salzman, and Penson