Important Announcement From Friends of Firefighters

Ever since September 11, 2001, Friends of Firefighters has been dedicated to serving the FDNY community with their physical, mental health, and wellness needs. We pride ourselves on offering free, independent, and confidential services to active and retired firefighters and their families.

Every year we hold a Fall Gala, which we rely upon to close the gap in our budget for the year to come. Unfortunately, this year’s gala did not meet our goal, partially due to inclement weather, and as a result we now have a shortfall of about $50,000.

This funding gap will impact the way Friends of Firefighters operates, mainly in that we cannot guarantee our counseling services free of charge after April 1st. All programs held at our Red Hook headquarters are in jeopardy, such as Acupuncture, Firehouse Kitchen Talk, Yoga, Women’s Support Group, and On the Arm Breakfast.

We are currently exploring new funding streams and working diligently to close the gap so that we can continue our mission of 17 years. To that end, we are looking at a model that either includes an insurance option or a fee for service; we are working with state politicians and our long-term donors, developing relationships with potential donors, and exploring grants and sponsors for programs.  

We will continue holding fundraisers over the next few months, the next one being our 2nd Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off on May 17th.

We have always relied heavily on contributions. Here are three ways that you can help now:

1. DONATE online or mail a check made payable to Friends of Firefighters (199 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn NY, 11231).

2. If you are an active FDNY firefighter, please consider donating .50 cents per paycheck to Friends of Firefighters via NYC Gives. For instructions on how to sign up, visit this link.

3. Help us get more friends for Friends of Firefighters. Start a peer-to-peer fundraiser to help raise money and awareness of our mission. We can help you set this up.

We remain committed to serving FDNY active and retired firefighters and their family members and will keep you apprised of our progress moving forward.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 718-643-0980 or email

Important Message for FDNY Active Firefighters

Friends of Firefighters has been in existence for over 17 years providing free, independent, and confidential mental health counseling and wellness services for active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families. We depend heavily on our Fall Gala for the following year of operation and unfortunately our 2018 Gala did not meet our goal, partially due to a blizzard. We are working diligently to fill the gap and are asking for support.

One way you can help sustain our operations is to donate 50¢ per paycheck through ESS, which is $26 annually. While that might be barely noticeable to you, for us it would determine whether or not we can be here for you in the years to come. There are 11,000 active Officers and Members; multiply that $26 from even half the population and you then see how your contribution will have an impact on Friends of Firefighters. That’s $143,000 annually, which provides 2,025 counseling sessions, Firehouse Kitchen Talk and On the Arm Breakfast expenses, as well as operating costs to keep our headquarters and satellite offices open and running year round.

How does this help you? As an FDNY firefighter, you (and your family) will have the assurance of ongoing free, confidential, and unlimited counseling and the knowledge that an organization created solely for the purpose of providing support to NYC firefighters will be here for you and your family should you need us.

Please consider donating your 50¢ per paycheck to Friends of Firefighters. It may not mean much to you now, but you can be assured we’ll be here when and if you need us.

ENROLLING/ADDING a new NYC Gives Contribution in ESS

  • Log in to NYCAPS Employee Self-Service (ESS) at from work or home.

  • Go to Payroll and Compensation > Deduction Information > NYC Gives

  • Click the NYC Gives link

  • Click the NYC Gives charities search link at the bottom of the EForms NYC Gives page to search and select Friends of Firefighters

  • Return to the EForms NYC Gives page.

  • Click Enroll.

  • Enter the 5-digit code for FoF (#12667) in the NYC Gives Organization Code field and tab to the next blank field.

  • Enter the Amount to be Deducted per pay check.

  • Click Submit Changes.

  • Enter Last 4 digits of your Soc Sec Number to authorize your enrollment.

  • Click Certify/Confirm



Honoring FDNY Divisions at On the Arm Breakfast

Friends of Firefighters is excited to announce that beginning January 9, 2019, our On the Arm Breakfasts will now honor FDNY Divisions.

Breakfasts are held from 8-11 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted, and are FREE for active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families.

Drop by for a simple cup of coffee with a doughnut or sit down to a made-to-order breakfast that rivals the best brunch joints in Brooklyn.


1/9/19 - Division 15

2/13/19 - Division 1

3/13/19 - Division 14

4/10/19 - Division 3

5/15/19 - Division 13

6/12/19 - Division 6

7/10/19 - Division 11

8/14/19 - Division 7


10/2/19 - Division 8

11/13/19 - Marine-Medical-Marshal

12/11/19 - Dispatchers-HQ


Higher education has never been a more valuable and necessary component for successfully leading today’s fire service. Talent coupled with education and training are the backbone and cornerstones driving The Department forward. It’s why Friends of Firefighters has twice hosted a Higher Education Firehouse Kitchen Talk, an academic forum for active FDNY members who are thinking about pursuing a higher education degree. This was a free presentation given in July and November by Fire Marshal Matt Donnelly, UFA Fire Marshal Representative Steven Tagliani, and Chuck Frank, Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity at Metropolitan College.

These support networks truly serve as a catalytic positive contagion for all who participate, directly or indirectly. Breaking bread and having informative discussions, which is strongly rooted in the FD and all cultures for that matter, promotes the spirit of family, friends and the community. Where else can you participate in the feast of life with a warm welcoming meal that is as well balanced in nutrition as it is in improving the quality of your professional and personal life!
— Fire Marshal Matt Donnelly

The following is a brief synopsis of topics discussed for those that were unable to attend either event.

  • Understanding the evaluation process of how FDNY training is recognized by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), which is part of The University of the State of New York, Board of Regents for producing high quality education worthy of recommendation for college credit.

  • Understanding how to obtain your transcripts and bring them to an institution of higher learning to begin the process of mapping out a degree completion plan.

  • Step-by-step instruction on how to go on Diamondplate - click on Resources - click on Special Sections and then open up Educational Opportunities and Information. There you will find access to the necessary forms for Student Registration and Tuition Scholarship Reimbursement. You can also download the FDNY TR/1 and TR/2 forms. These forms show enrollment and completion of courses and are compulsory; they have to be filled out to receive tuition reimbursement. The lists of eligible tuition reimbursement schools were also shared.  

  • An awareness level discussion also took place concerning other scholarships. The Bureau of Training puts out a catalogue of scholarships available to FD members and their families.

If you’re an active member currently employed by the Fire Department and interested in advancing your career, let Metropolitan College assist in that endeavor. The tuition for this program is reimbursed by the FDNY Foundation.

  • Free College

  • ONLY meet 7 times per semester Accredited University

  • Classes are taught by professors whom have years of experience working in the emergency service profession.

  • Our format enables you to remain in the workplace and provide for your families while simultaneously earning your degree to advance your career.

  • Your work experience and training can be converted into college credits upon enrollment.

  • Personal attention given to each student regarding enrolling and formulating a viable, useful academic plan tailored to your specific goals and career aspirations.

  • Small class sizes.

  • Our classes are structured to provide our students with an active educational experience, in contrast to the traditional classroom lectures taught out of a textbook.

  • UFA and other scholarships available, too.

Anyone interested in pursuing a fully online Master’s of Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management or their Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management & Business Continuity at the Rock can email Chuck Frank directly at