Our mission is to provide fire departments in need with safety training and personal life safety systems.

One day every firefighter will have the training and equipment
to safely escape a fire.

We believe that firefighters can’t save lives if they can’t save themselves. Too often firefighters become trapped unexpectedly due to collapse, flashover, backdraft or more and need to get out FAST. Sometimes the only way out is a window. Our organization knows this all too well – founded by people directly impacted by the FDNY “Black Sunday” where 3 firefighters lost their lives and 3 suffered life-changing injuries – all because they had no way out but a 5th story window.

That’s why we are committed to providing personal safety systems and training to fire departments in need. We achieve this by awarding grants for personal safety bailout systems for firefighters, and offering seminars taught by world class instructors. We hope there’s a day where every firefighter has a way out. And no family, department or community suffers the devastating impact of another “Black Sunday.”

You can help make this happen – Donate Today!


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Photos from the 2016 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Seminar

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  • Get Your Joey D Foundation Memorial T-Shirt - Donations benefit the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation which provides fire departments in need with safety training and personal life safety systems.
  • A Story that Changed the Fire Service - "Our battalion chief said he wanted you to know Joey's death was not in vain, his story has impacted and changed the fire service everywhere including right here in Flower Mound, Texas.”
  • Four Fire Departments Receive Grant for Personal Safety Rope Systems - The 2016 grant recipients include: Pennsburg Fire Department (Pennsburg, PA); Northeast Fire and Rescue Company (Summerdale, PA); Livermore Fire and Rescue Department (Livermore, ME); and the Palmyra Township Fire Department (Diamond, OH).
  • Thanks for a Great Show at Firehouse Expo 2016 - Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at Firehouse Expo and to Firehouse® for their continued support of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.
  • Giving a Life Line to Firefighters Across North America - Almost five years after his passing, firefighters from across the country will come together at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook, NY to hone their skills, support a great cause, and to remember FDNY Lt. Joey DiBernardo. The 4th Annual Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Seminar held on November 4-5, 2016 will benefit the Foundation's grant program for personal life safety systems.

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The Lieutenant Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) exists to assist fire departments with their ability to purchase and train with rescue equipment. Toward that end, the Foundation does so without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or age. The Foundation’s By-Laws, Annual Report, and Conflict of Interest Policy are available by writing to the Foundation at its home address.