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2014 — 9/11 Memorial Commemoration

Photo of the NFA Alumni Association's "We will never forget" wreath at the "To Lift A Nation" monument.

The National Fire Academy Alumni Association donated a wreath to commemorate the lives that were tragically and heartbreakingly lost on September 11, 2001. The wreath was laid at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD with a brief service conducted by the students, and then processed to the “To Lift a Nation” Memorial accompanied by fire service personnel and a piper.

The ceremony commenced at 0846 with the United States flag being lowered to half-staff, then followed with remarks from the U.S. Fire Administrator, Chief Ernie Mitchell, along with comments and a benediction from students attending the National Fire Academy.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Chapel bells rang 343 times in honor of the members of the FDNY who never returned home that day. We, as the fire service family vowed that we would never forget...well done brothers and sisters!

Minutes of the 2014 Board and General Membership Meetings in Indianapolis, IN

Members of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association (NFAAA) and the NFAAA Board of Directors recently gathered in Indianapolis, IN to hold their annual meetings. Click here to review the official minutes from these meetings.

Photo of Tracy Boyd, Site Manager for GTI/ZAI, being presented the NFAAA BOard of Director's Award of Excellence by Ron Kanterman.

NFA/NFP Contract Support Group Presented Award

NFAAA Administrator, Ron Kanterman presented the Board of Director's Award of Excellence to the NFA/NFP Contract Support Group on February 12, 2014. These are one of the "behind the scenes" groups that makes our stay at the NFA what it is. They support the classrooms, printing, supplies and a host of other things. Ceremonies were held in the office of Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines. Pictured with Ron is Tracy Boyd, Site Manager for GTI Federal. Also in attendance were Supt. Denis Onieal, Deputy Supts. Kiefer and Neale, NFP’s, P&I Branch, Section Chief, Sandy Facinoli and other USFA staff members along with bosses from GTI and ZAI, a partnering contractor. Nice work everyone and thanks from the NFAAA!

Photos of the 2013 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

2013 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

This year, the fire service honored our fallen in a beautiful ceremony held at the PNC Sports Arena at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. Due to the Government shutdown, the hallowed grounds of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was inaccessible for the Sunday Service; however, the families were able to view the Memorial for a brief period of time Saturday afternoon. This was granted due to the efforts of the Honorable Steny Hoyer and Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation staff, the Command Post members, the Ops Teams, and hundreds of volunteers that came from all parts of the country truly performed nothing less than a miracle to pull off what was thought to be the impossible. Months of planning meetings and the Incident Action Plan were voided due to the NETC closure. The new IAP changed minute by minute, but nevertheless, it was a magnificent performance by all. Sleepless nights and long, grueling days of planning and moving proved once again, that nothing is impossible to the fire service when honoring those who answered their last call. The 81 fallen heroes were memorialized with the same dignity and respect as always, and their loved ones proud to be there to see their beloved firefighter honored.

Yes…even with all of the last minute changes:

  • The Honor Flag was received with grace and displayed.
  • The families were welcomed in the usual, graceful NFFF customary way.
  • Grief counseling sessions were performed.
  • Children’s activities were set up.
  • Families were escorted to the Memorial grounds.
  • The Saturday evening Luminary Service was held at the Basilica.
  • Bells tolled across America during the Sunday service; and
  • Each family respectfully and lovingly received a flag and rose when their firefighter’s name was called.
What other organization except you, the fire service, could have pulled off such a monumental feat? Be very proud of who you are and what you do…you were represented well brothers and sisters!

NFA Offers 2 for 1 Classes

The NFA has a new offering where you can take two 6 day courses back to back during one trip to the campus on one stipend, It's the best bargain this side of Washington, DC! They have paired like courses within the specific curricula so you can get two for one within your area of interest.

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Congratulations to the 2012 Outstanding Research Award Recipients!

The Board of Directors and the Members of the NFAAA would like to offer the following EFO graduates a collective "tip-o-the-helmet" on a job well done in being the recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Research Award:

Battalion Chief David Cohen
Mountain Brook Fire Dept., AL

Captain Lauren Johnson
Dallas Fire Rescue, TX

Administrator Scott Somers
Mesa Fire & Medical Department, AZ

Battalion Chief Steven Brooker
Cal Fire/Riverside Fire Department, CA

Mr. Christopher Watson
Austin Fire Department, TX

Asst. Chief Michael Dell'Orfano
South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, CO

A message from Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, NFA

NFA Alumni -

We recently asked Dr. Onieal, "so, what's new?" Well, without hesitation and with true resolve, he started tapping on the keyboard. Lots going on around the campus. For the entire up-date click here.

We're also starting a service for our alumnus called "Ask the Super." Simply send your question to Dr. Oneial at He will forward your question and his answer to us for posting. If you don't want it posted, tell him in your email. Other than that, be safe and bring 'em home every time!

Ron Kanterman, Chief