NFFF launches “ Legacies in Leadership ” website

EMMITSBURG, MD – The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is proud to announce the “Legacies in Leadership” website, an inspiration to the next generation of leaders. This site contains a series of interviews capturing thoughts and advice from past and present fire chiefs to the next generation of fire service influencers.

These pioneers shared their educational and entertaining “war stories” applicable to today’s fire departments, as well as any other industry. They are the pioneers of the American fire service who bring to the fore what they have learned through their profession. Viewers will learn how these men and women started their careers and find out how the fire department has changed, as well as what they foresee in the future.

Videos featured on the Legacies in Leadership website include interviews with such luminaries as the late Chief Alan Brunacini, Chief Dennis Compton, Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute, Chief Charles Hood , Dr. Denise Smith and longtime friend of the firefighters, Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives.

In the very near future, more interviews with fire chiefs will be added to this website, such as Chief William Swann, a 25 year veteran of the Nashville (TN) fire department and its first chief African-American firefighters. Others featured will be Chief Bill Jenaway, an established fire chief who discusses his perspective on operating a joint service, and Chief Elizabeth Snow, a 32 year veteran of the fire service. Wichita fire and his first wife fire chief.

“We hope that the information viewers see will be useful to current and future leaders of the fire service,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “Our goal is to share our tips and talk about the lessons we’ve learned over the years.”

We are grateful for the willingness of these fire chiefs to frankly share their personal stories and advice, and we are confident that viewers, both inside and outside the fire service, will remember lessons to better serve the public and improve their own profession. Video topics include segments on leadership, service, respect, and the best advice they’ve received in their careers. Please visit the Legacies in Leadership website at

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a national effort to honor fallen U.S. firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill this mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember the heroes of deceased firefighters in the United States, to provide resources to help their families rebuild their lives, and to work within the fire service community to reduce fatalities and injuries to firefighters.

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