The Joey D Foundation provides fire departments in need with training and personal safety systems.
One day every firefighter will have the training and equipment
to safely escape a fire.
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation (Joey D Foundation) believes 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.”
- Springfield Fire Department Practices Bail-Out Scenarios in Annual Training- In order to keep their skills sharp, firefighters practice with their PSS to get a better feel for their environment when using it in a real situation.
- Kansas City Kansas Community College Received Personal Safety Systems- This equipment is very valuable to the rescue training provided. Kansas City Kansas Community College students will gain confidence from experience using the escape systems.
- 24 Riverside Firefighters to Receive Personal Safety Systems- "The graciousness of your investment will allow our department to outfit all of our members with this system. This is a huge step forward in the name of safety and we cannot express our thanks enough."
- Vigo County fire departments practice bailout bag safety and install smoke alarms- The Otter Creek Fire Department is now better equipped to safely escape any multi-story burning buildings, thanks to an eight thousand dollar bailout bag grant from the Joey DiBernardo Foundation.
- The Joey D Foundation Thanks Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott and Bird’s Eye View Project for Their Very Generous Grant- Their mission of the Bird’s Eye View Project is to bridge the growing divide between those who serve and those who benefit from their service, by encouraging all Americans to “support those who support us.”