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PHOENIX FIRE FOUNDATION

Supporting Those Who Protect Us

aka Phoenix Fire Foundation   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.phoenixfirefoundation.org

Mission

The Phoenix Fire Foundation, previously the Fire & Life Safety Public Awareness League (Fire PAL) is the official 501(c)(3) non-profit charity of the Phoenix Fire Department.\n\nWe stand committed to supporting the PFD and other public safety agencies in metro Phoenix, and throughout the region, in their daily efforts to save lives and protect our families and communities.\n\nThe Foundation allows community members and businesses to make tax-deductible donations to provide necessary equipment, resources, training, technology, safety and education programs. This helps keep the public and our first responders as healthy & safe as possible, while also helping to preserve our rich history and traditions.

Ruling year info

1986

President & Chairman

Douglas Mummert

Main address

PO Box 32003

Phoenix, AZ 85064 USA

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Formerly known as

Fire & Life Safety Public Awareness League (Fire PAL)

EIN

86-0523777

NTEE code info

Safety Education (M40)

Ambulance/Emergency Transport (E62)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The men and women on the front-lines need our help.\n\nThe Phoenix Fire Department responds to an average of over 25 emergency calls each and every hour, around the clock.\n\nThat's more than 235,943 responses to 9-1-1 emergencies each and every year.\n\nPhoenix fire fighters cover an area that measures over 517.9 square miles.\n\nAnd they stand responsible for a city that more than 1,626,078 million people call home.\n\nThat's where the Phoenix Fire Foundation comes in.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rides for Toys

Rides for Toys began in the 1980’s at the newly opened fire station in Ahwatukee. Captain John B. Dean and the crew from Engine 38 wanted to help some nearby residents during the holidays.

They took an old sheet of plywood and painted “Rides for Toys’ on it. They placed it by the road in front of the station and shortly afterwards responded on an emergency. When they returned from their call a brief time later, they were greeted by members of the community lined up with toys to donate and go for a ride on the fire truck!

The popular program eventually outgrew the fire station location, and the local Target Store joined the firefighters to grow it, and help even more people in need of a little help during the holidays. The Phoenix Fire Foundation now partners with the Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Department of Transportation and Target to put on two events each December.

The program is in a post pandemic phase. Donations are accepted & distributed.

Population(s) Served
Families
Unemployed people

These large-scale, community events which were established in 2006 by the City of Phoenix Office of the Mayor, Phoenix City Council, and the Phoenix Fire Department, with support from Aetna Medicaid, Mercy Care Plan, Mercy Integrated Care, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix Fire Foundation, Arizona Burn Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

Twice a year Phoenix neighborhoods that may benefit from fire safety awareness and prevention are selected and smoke alarms are installed or replaced by trained volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The Phoenix Fire Foundation Tribute Truck is a restored fire engine dedicated for use as a funeral caisson to carry deceased brother and sister fire fighters to their final resting place. While for most active duty and line of duty deaths, the deceased’s assigned fire apparatus will continue to be used for this purpose, the PFF Tribute Truck will be available – free of charge – to any family of a deceased fire fighter in need of funeral transportation.

When not being used for funerals, the Tribute Truck is available for apparatus displays, community events, parades and fundraisers.

Work to restore the truck is performed by volunteer retirees and active firefighters from around the Valley. In addition, local area businesses are donating their time, materials and shop areas for the length of the restoration.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Retired people

A scholarship program for college bound seniors in cooperation with the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association and United Phoenix Fire Fighters Charities.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

The Phoenix Fire Foundation is the title sponsor of the Phoenix Fire Department’s Annual Awards & Recognition ceremony. It is the policy of the Phoenix Fire Department to appropriately recognize members of the department, on or off duty, or members of the community, who perform an act of distinct heroism or who provide an outstanding service to the Department, or to the public safety of the community.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

The Phoenix Fire Department Cadet Program introduces prospective individuals to the Phoenix Fire Department by hands on training in Fire and EMS skills. Bi-weekly meetings are held at the Phoenix Fire Department Regional Training Academy. The Cadet Program offers volunteer opportunities within various divisions of the Phoenix Fire Department and the privilege to ride along at Phoenix Fire Stations. The minimum age to apply to the program is 18 years old along with the completion and graduation of high school.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We remember our firefighters and members who have died in the line of duty in many ways, including during the annual City of Phoenix Employee Memorial in February, and the annual Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona Memorial and the IAFF Local 493 Memorial in January.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Phoenix Fire Foundation is the title sponsor of the Phoenix Fire Department’s Annual Awards & Recognition ceremony. It is the policy of the Phoenix Fire Department to appropriately recognize members of the department, on or off duty, or members of the community, who perform an act of distinct heroism or who provide an outstanding service to the Department, or to the public safety of the community.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Child Safety Seats are the number one thing you can do to protect your child. Visit our website for more information.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

The PFD Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children’s Program (VFC).

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The program was officially implemented in October 1994 as part of the President’s Childhood Immunization Initiative. Funding for the VFC Program allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to buy vaccines at a discount from the manufacturers and distribute them to state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies which, in turn, distribute them at no charge to private physician offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Phoenix Fire Foundation supports both scheduled and unscheduled events, such as Baby Shots Immunization Clinics, Child Safety Seat Installations, Smoke Alarm Walks, Rides for Toys and Funerals.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the official non-profit charitable arm of the Phoenix Fire Department, the efforts of the Foundation begin where the Fire Department's resource-strapped budget ends.

We work strategically with department leadership, other agencies and community partners to support public safety and health, in Phoenix and throughout the region.

The foundation works closely with the Phoenix Department and other agencies to identify and fulfil needs, while providing assets for associated programs that serve the department and community.

The foundation reviews all requests for assistance in a timely manner. Funds are distributed quickly to meet the requirements and timelines of approved requests. Approvals are based on requirements and budget.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PHOENIX FIRE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Douglas Mummert

Harrold Shell

Gaylen Martinson

Patrick Cantelme

Thomas Gardner

Joe Goetz

Phillip Gordon

Brian Moore

Forrest Richardson

Sharon Sikora

Connie Tyler

Megan Millage

Marlon Terrill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable