13 Gives Back: Greater Tucson Fire Foundation - Tucson News Now



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The Fire Foundation provides access to needed resources for our firefighters and their families. Our commitment is “taking care of those who take care of us” with cutting-edge responses, including personal survival tools and training, advanced health care technologies (in partnership with local medical and clinical professionals and joint research with the U of A), investigating international best practices for mass casualty and terrorism response, and being a hero to our heroes. When they ask, we say “Yes."

Honor the Past

  • 96,000 documents in a searchable data base – the history of fire service in southern Arizona dating back to1881.

  • Antique fire truck restoration.

Embrace the Present

  • Over 1,700 firefighters equipped with Fireground Survival Cutters to provide them a fighting chance should they become entangled.

  • Firefighter Cardiac Disease Assessment Protocol: 50 percent of nationwide, on-duty firefighter deaths – one per day – are due to cardiac disease. The Foundation funds Cardiac Disease Assessment for all at-risk Tucson-area firefighters, as well as firefighters age 48 and older.

  • Peer Fitness Training Certification: Regional fire departments have seen a 30 percent increase in Workers’ Comp premiums. The Foundation funds injury prevention, as well as firefighter peer fitness training and certification for region wide fire departments and districts.

  • Other initiatives include:

    • Campaigns to combat potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant infectious bacteria, such as MRSA.

    • Identifying effective coping mechanisms for sleep deprivation in public-safety jobs.

    • Recognize qualified clinicians who provide mental health and wellness services for firefighters and their families.

    • The HERO program, providing financial assistance in cases of acute hardship.

Engaging the Future

  • Provide academic financial aid assistance and sponsorships for fire service education.

  • “Firefighters Without Borders” visit to Israel using private donations and grants – with no public/government funds expended for the trip.

  • “Born To Wear Blue” a children’s book designed for 3rd grade readers to understand what a firefighter does and the importance of knowing how and when to call 9-1-1.

The Fire Foundation provides access to needed resources for our firefighters and their families. Our commitment is “taking care of those who take care of us” with cutting-edge responses, including personal survival tools and training, advanced health care technologies, investigating international best practices for mass casualty and terrorism response, and being a hero to our heroes.


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