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Firefighters Support Foundation Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/26/2014: Firefighters Support Foundation Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: FIREFIGHTERS SUPPORT FOUNDATION INC

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AKA  Foundation for Firefighters and First Responders
Greenfield, MA

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Basic Organization Information

Firefighters Support Foundation Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/26/2014: Firefighters Support Foundation Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: FIREFIGHTERS SUPPORT FOUNDATION INC

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Also Known As: Foundation for Firefighters and First Responders
Physical Address: Greenfield, MA 01301 
EIN: 26-1903852
Web URL: www.ffsuppport.org 
NTEE Category: M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 2008 


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Mission Statement

FSF is a 501(c)(3)tax-exempt non-profit organization primarily dedicated to assisting firefighters and rescue personnel perform their jobs effectively and safely through free training. We also try to mitigate the causes and effects of life-threatening on-scene dangers with equipment grants to under-funded agencies and through assistance to families with children of fallen firefighters

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $4,148,093
Total Expenses $4,110,883

Revenue & Expenses

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Balance Sheet (IRS Form 990)

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Leadership

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Board Chair

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Board Leadership Practices (GuideStar Exchange,
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Board Orientation & Education ?
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Board Composition ?
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Board Performance ?
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Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

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People information was last updated by the nonprofit in March 2014

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Programs

Program: Free Training (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

Free advanced training in video format.

Program Long-Term Success:

We currently have over 25 complete, turnkey training programs on fire fighting and emergency services topics, many leading-edge, taught by academy-level instructors who are recognized experts in their field. These programs are used by thousands of firefighters and public safety personnel every year.

Program Short-Term Success:

We add at least six new programs to our training catalog every year.

Program Success Monitored by:

Usage of programs

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Program: Equipment grants (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Money grant to fund equipment to under-funded fire departments.

Program Long-Term Success:

We have funded the purchase of much-needed equipment to dozens of fire departments across the nation

Program Short-Term Success:

We review our applications quarterly and provide grant to the level of our funding.

Program Success Monitored by:

Department use of equipment

Program Success Examples:

Program: Financial assistance to families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
--
Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
None
None

Program Description:

Financial assistance to families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty

Program Long-Term Success:

We have provided grants of thousands of dollars to dozens of families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. We have a bias towards families of firefighters killed on the fire ground with surviving children.

Program Short-Term Success:

n/a

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit Additional Information
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We fill a void in the public safety professions. Training is consistently cited as a critical need in fire service surveys. Yet professional-level training can be hard to come by, or expensive or both. This is why providing free training is our primary mission. FSF's primary focus is on providing life-saving, injury-preventing, and other valuable training to firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), search and rescue personnel (S&R), and emergency management (EM) personnel. Many of our programs specifically address emerging subjects and threats about which expert training, particularly free training, is hard to come by. We produce our own first-responder-specific training programs on critical issues and distribute them free of charge to these professions. Our programs have been used by agencies nationwide. Many of our programs address advanced topics or topics that are not often covered. Others reinforce the basics, with the particular twists that our instructors impart.
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