The Firefighter Foundation was founded on the idea of ‘Courage, Compassion, Community ’.
We as individuals and a community can be self-sufficient in helping ourselves to make a safer and stronger community. We are committed to making the Community a safer place for all.
‘Ask not what your community can do for you! But what you can do for your Community!’
The Firefighter Foundation started in 2001 after the 11th September terror attacks at the World Trade Center. Firefighters from all over the country came together to raise money for the widows and orphans of the 343 firefighters that tragically lost their lives responding to the incident. We successfully organised a number of celebrity charity events in London forging links with the surviving New York Firefighters. This gave us the idea to continue to help people and good causes through the firefighter foundation. We subsequently raised money and awareness for such charities as MIND and Victims of Domestic Violence.
The Firefighter Foundation has expanded from its beginnings and we now work in partnership with such great charities and organisations as Foundation For Jimmy, pictured above at their Big Society Award and St John’s Ambulance. The Foundation supports SADS and CRY for the amazing work they do for children and young people suffering heart disease or cardiac arrest. We also support The Firefighter Charity for the great work they do for firefighters and their families. We promote Community safety including fire safety and first aid training, as well as firefighter Heritage and good citizenship. The Foundation goes into Schools and engages with young people educating them on the importance of community safety and good citizenship. We place importance on educating the community of the history of firefighting.
The Firefighter Foundation became a Registered Charity in 2014. The main campaign for the Charity is every school and place of education to have a Defibrillator with free training for teachers and staff on its use.
Our ‘Sweetheart Campaign’ is actively engaging in schools and with teachers to encourage ownership of a defibrillator in their school. 270 children die each year from cardiac arrest and 12 young people die every week. This is nearly one child and 2 young people everyday. A defibrillator can save a life as every minute without a defibrillator means a casualty has 10% less chance of survival. A defibrillator will give a child having cardiac arrest the best chance of survival.
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The Foundation is hoping to open a Firefighter Heritage Centre in Kent, England. Our aim is to continue to educate the community to be a Safer and Stronger place for all. The Firefighter Centre will have a Museum, Visitors Centre, A Rescue Farm. Tea room and Play area including rides and bouncy castles. The Heritage Centre will also have amazing real fire displays given by firefighters, demonstrating how they extinguish fires and how they extract casualties from Vehicles involved in Road Traffic Collisions.
Come and get the Firefighter Experience! A Family Fun day out to Enjoy, Educate and Inspire!
The Firefighter Foundation Motto, ‘Courage, Compassion, Community’