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6/24/18 – FDNY Night at Staten Island Yankees

Show your love and appreciation for the FDNY at the Staten Island Yankees game on Sunday, June 24th! For each ticket bought, $5 will go back to Friends of Firefighters — a worthy cause!
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5/29/18 – Firehouse Kitchen Talk with The New York Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association

Fire sprinklers and firefighters go hand in hand. Both can suppress a fire, but in combination, fires don’t stand a chance. Understanding the critical points of a fire protection system is key to utilizing these systems at their full potential. Join Friends of Firefighters on Tuesday, May 29th, from 6:00-9:00 PM, at 199 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, for a free presentation from The New York Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association, a not-for-profit corporation committed to providing education and coordination for Authorities Having Jurisdiction to protect public safety through the proper use of fire sprinkler systems.


5/16/18 – On the Arm Breakfast

Drop by Friends of Firefighters’ historic firehouse for another delicious breakfast prepared by retired firefighters Tony Cat, Pete Calascione, and Billy Hodgens. As always, breakfast is free to all FDNY members and their families. No RSVP needed, just your company and appetite.

Consider a donation on International Firefighters’ Day

Today is International Firefighters’ Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our communities. Over the past 17 years, Friends of Firefighters has provided free mental health and wellness services to active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families with the understanding that these services are necessary and need to be delivered with complete confidentiality, free of stigma, separate from the job, all the while respecting the unique firefighter culture. Please consider making a donation today to Friends of Firefighters in honor of International Firefighters’ Day. Your contribution allows us to continue providing our services free of charge and in a way that makes them easier to accept and access.
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Our Inaugural Firehouse Chili Cook-Off at Brooklyn’s The Invisible Dog

On April 27th, we gathered at Brooklyn’s The Invisible Dog for a fun-filled evening of delicious food, fabulous live music, raffle prizes and fundraising. In our opinion, there was no better way to spend a Friday evening. We saw this event as the perfect occasion to invite the local community to mix and mingle with FDNY members of all generations in an effort to raise awareness of our organization. 

We would like to send a profound thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural Firehouse Chili Cook-Off, especially our competing firefighters from Ladder 118, Ladder 101, Ladder 131, Ladder 110, Engine 33, and Ladder 18/Engine 15. Congratulations to Firefighter John Manning from Ladder 18 in Manhattan for taking home 1st prize for his BBQ Baked Bean Chili. Our event would not have been a success without our sponsors, volunteers and participants. With their help, we raised a substantial amount of funds to help us continue our mission of providing free mental health counseling and wellness services to active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families.

Thank you to all the local businesses, donors, and volunteers who made the night possible, and to our guests who traveled near and far to feast, socialize, and show their support for Friends of Firefighters. 

Amy Freeze

Brendan O’Brien

Briar Rossell

Caputo’s Bake Shop

Cuisine by Claudette

Deepa Baalakrishnan


Dianna DiSantos

Dry Dock Wine & Spirits


Kia Carbone

Kyra King

Lloyd Mitchell

Michele DiBartolomeo

Mike DiBartolomeo

Pardon Me For Asking

Peter Brady

Radio Flyerz


Rocks by Robbins

Sam’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Scotto’s Wine Cellar

Sean Turney

The Invisible Dog Art Center

The Red Hook Star Revue

The Brooklyn Paper

Tim LaSalle

Tommy Phelan 5K Photos Are Up!

Join us tomorrow night (4/27) for our Firehouse Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser! Special Discount of $10 at the door for all FDNY & Tommy Phelan 5K Runners!

Firehouse Kitchen Talk for FDNY with Special Needs Family Members

Thank you to everyone who came out for last night’s Firehouse Kitchen Talk. Special thanks to Captain Eugene Kananowicz (aka K9) from Engine 53 and Captain Michael Doda from Ladder 148 for presenting on their new support group for FDNY firefighters with special needs family members. We are so glad this group has formed as it’s a great way to find social connection, resources and information from others going through similar experiences. For more information or questions, email Captain K9 at As always, thank you to Gary Sinise Foundation for their financial support.

Important Update Re: Tommy Phelan 5K, April 29th

Friends of Firefighters entered a contract with Generosity 5K in December 2017 to hold a race on Sunday, April 29th at Prospect Park. This is a race that we have partnered with G5K in prior years and one that Tommy Phelan ran in. When Tommy passed in March, his family and firehouse strongly supported our naming the race in Tommy’s honor. However, there were existing requirements mandated by Generosity 5K that made registration prohibitive for many people.

With thanks to Generosity 5K, we are thrilled to announce that they are releasing us from the requirement of raising an additional $200 per runner. There will only be the $25 registration fee. This is something we have worked hard to achieve and we hope it makes it possible for all to join us on Sunday. The one caveat is that all participants that register from here on will receive only a bib, not a medal or Generosity t-shirt. Friends of Firefighters will have t-shirts to sell on the day of the race; the cost will be $20. There will be a post-race party at Farrell’s, one of Tommy’s favorite watering holes.

The funds raised will go to direct services to FDNY firefighters, active and retired and their families. An additional $500 will go to establish a scholarship in Tommy’s name to SUNY Maritime College.

With that out of the way, please go to and register to join us on Sunday. If you have any trouble registering, call our office 718-643-0980.

We look forward to seeing you at the race!

March’s Firehouse Kitchen Talk – Cancelled

On 3/27, we cancelled our Firehouse Kitchen Talk out of respect for the line-of-duty deaths.