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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.