The IAFF Foundation, a 501c (3), tax-exempt, non-profit organization, supports
and administers several charitable foundations that have been established for
the purpose of providing charitable support fire fighters and their families in
the United States and Canada in need of assistance following fires and other
disasters, or line-of-duty death. The IAFF Foundation also promotes fire and
burn prevention and aims to educate fire fighters, the public and other
interested groups or individuals about how to prevent or cope with these events.
Among the programs that the IAFF Foundation supports are:
The IAFF Burn Foundation
is dedicated to fire prevention and burn awareness education, advocacy, burn
research and improving the quality of life for burn survivors. Created in 1982,
the Burn Foundation is one of the largest sources for burn research grants in
the United States, and is the sponsor of the annual International Children’s
Burn Camp, held each fall in Washington, DC.
IAFF Disaster Relief Fund provides assistance to fire
fighters and their families in the United States and Canada who suffer financial
hardship and loss as the result of natural or man-made disasters, such as
floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or fires. This fund provides an
immediate source of support to fire fighters and their families by providing
incident command, food, water, shelter, clothing, medical supplies and services,
behavioral health and counseling, building materials, transportation, evacuation
and housing support. The impact of this fund was never more strongly felt than
following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005. Nearly
$2 million was provided directly to fire fighters, emergency medical personnel
and their families to rebuild their lives after these storms.
Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Foundation was established
in 1976 and provides assistance to the surviving spouses and children of IAFF
members killed in the line of duty. Each September, a memorial service is held
at the site of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and Wall of Honor in
Colorado Springs, Colorado. This observance honors the ultimate sacrifice made
by the individuals who gave their lives in the line of duty in the previous
year. Our goal is to protect the legacy of these fallen heroes and provide
ongoing assistance to their loved ones.
IAFF W.H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship Fund provides
financial assistance for higher education for children of professional fire
fighters and emergency medical personnel killed in the line of duty. Currently,
the IAFF provides scholarships for more than 25 students annually. In total,
more than 300 scholarships have been awarded with $736,500 in assistance.
Approximately 100 IAFF members are killed in the line of duty each year,
however, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, brought that year’s total
to more than 400.
Redmond Foundation supports research and education on
the occupational hazards and diseases associated with fire fighting. The Redmond
Foundation sponsors an international symposium every two years on the
occupational health, safety and hazards of the fire service. This Redmond
Symposium continues to evolve and respond to new threats by providing advanced
training against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction in order to ensure
IAFF members can safely and effectively protect our communities.