The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation will be at the Long Island Antique Fire Apparatus Photo Shoot, presented by the Long Island Antique Fire Apparatus Association, on June 12, 2016. Stop by to learn more about the Foundation, buy a t-shirt or a challenge coin, and help us keep firefighters safe.
The Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation provides grant assistance to fire departments in the United States and Canada for personal safety rope systems. Applications for the 2016 grant period will be accepted from April 1 - July 31, 2016.
"Grants funds will help departments which do not have the financial means to provide this important life-saving equipment. We encourage all departments to keep their members safe by providing them with a personal safety rope," says Chief DiBernardo. To date, the Foundation has distributed nearly $86,000 in grant funding to fire departments in need.
For more information visit the Foundation's grant application page for more information and to download the application package.
This year's grantee will be notified on or before November 1, 2016.
Submitted by Peter Blaich (FDNY Lieutenant, Retired)
Today, on the 11th anniversary of the Black Sunday fire the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue conducted the first Joey D memorial PSS class ever in Mecklenburg County, NC.
A donation of $2,800 was given in Joey D's name which allowed the department to build two 12 foot bailout props, a dozen GEMTOR, sterling T32 ropes with F4 defenders and bags PSS systems for the class.
This class was the first of its kind in Mecklenburg County and they hope to hold the class annually.
We received a Christmas card from our good friend Captain Bob Farrell at Fire Hooks Unlimited with a special surprise for the Foundation. Along with his holiday greetings, Bob sent a generous gift of $10,000 to help the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation continue to train and equip firefighters.
Captain Bob Farrell, FDNY retired, served at Ladder 31 during the "war years" and the filming of the 1972 TV documentary "Man Alive: The Bronx is Burning." Now he is the president/founder of Fire Hooks Unlimited and also a great supporter of the Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation. During the 2015 seminar, Bob was one of the "Bronx is Burning" legends who participated in the Friday panel discussion and meet and greet with students.
"Bob's kindness honors Joey and will help the Foundation provide training and support to firefighters throughout North America," says Chief DiBernardo, Joey's father and Foundation president.
We thank Bob for his continued support of the fire service and the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.
You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber monday, how about #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
There are several ways that you can show your support for firefighters throughout North America, join the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation on December 1, 2015 for this global day of giving. Here are some ways that you can help:
- RSVP and share the Foundation's #GivingTuesday event with your families and friends.
- Make a donation to train and equip firefighters to keep them safe.
- If your department has benefitted from a Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation grant, share your story on social media and tag the Foundation.
- If you've been a student at one of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Annual Seminars please share how this training has helped you.
- Create your own way to give back - if you've got a great idea to show your support the Foundation we're excited to see it!
We thank everyone for their support in helping us keep firefighters safe. Through your generous support we are able to continue Joey's legacy of training firefighters. Thank you for honoring him in this special way!
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Donations received will help the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation to provide personal life safety rope systems and provide training to firefighters.
New York Giants Game Ticket Winner Selected
Thank you to the New York Giants for their support of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation and thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle.
This is Not Your Grandfather's Fire Service Presented at Coram Fire Department
November 6, 2015 7-9 pm
Today’s fire service is an ever-changing profession. This is Not Your Grandfather's Fire Service by the P.L. Vulcan will be presented at Coram Fire Department on November 6, 2015 from 7 - 9 pm to help firefighters better understand their craft. This great training event will support the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, which helps to provide personal life safety rope systems to departments in need and provides life-saving training to firefighters.
Many studies have been done on firefighting tactics that are producing hard to swallow changes and catchy phrases like “hitting it hard from the yard.” One must ask themselves “are we re-inventing the wheel or do we really need to better understand our trade.”
This training will discuss today’s fireground and how we need to understand our enemy in order to achieve success. Modern building hazards and fire dynamics will be discussed as well tactical considerations such as search, VEIS, and ventilation. The importance of proper wearing of PPE and a discussion on the increase of maydays in the fire service will close out our presentation. This is a must attend program that will be valuable to all ranks from probie to chief of department.
Your $25 donation will support the work of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, which was established to carry on the legacy of FDNY Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo. Firefighters can register on-site starting at 6:30 pm at the Coram Fire Department, 303 Middle Country Rd., Coram, New York on the night of the training.
On August 26, 2015 the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation was honored to receive the Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award, co-sponsored by International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section and VFIS. Thank you to everyone for their support of our mission and for helping us to remember Joey!
Jeff Cool will be the Brookhaven Town Safety Officers Association's keynote speaker on September 10, 2015 at the Coram Fire Headquarters, Coram, NY 11727. Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7:30 p.m.
Come join us and hear Jeff talk about the lessons learned from what has come to be known in the fire service as “Black Sunday.” On Sunday, January 23, 2005, a deadly fire that took the lives of LT Curt Meyran and FF John Bellew and four others who were badly hurt when they were forced to jump from a fourth floor window of a burning building in the Bronx. A third firefighter died after tackling a basement blaze also in Brooklyn on that same day. The"Black Sunday" fire also took the life of Joey DiBernardo, who died several years later on November 22, 2011.
Jeff retired from FDNY in 2006 due to massive injuries he sustained. A day called one of the saddest in fire department history. He now does lectures on details of how they got into that situation and also the importance of bail-out ropes.
There is no admission fee to attend this lecture but this will be a fundraiser for the Joey DiBernardo Memorial Foundation and any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated. We are accepting cash, checks (to: Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation), credit cards and vouchers at the door.
“Let no man’s ghost come back to say - My training let me down”
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation would like to thank the Selden Volunteer Fire Department for letting us participate in their parade and carnival. The Foundation was able to raise awareness and funds to help firefighters throughout the country. We thank everyone for their support!
Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Board Member, Lou Andrade mans the Foundation table during the Selden Volunteer Fire Department Parade and Carnival.
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation would like to thank the Sound Beach Fire Department for letting us participate in their anniversary celebration. The Foundation was able to raise awareness and funds to help firefighters throughout the country. We thank everyone for their support!
Supporters turned out for a night at the ballpark for some fun and to help the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation on July 25, 2015. Foundation fans watched the Mets take on the Dodgers from the Pepsi Porch at Citi Field and had a great time!
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation would like to thank the Mets for their support of our mission. We would also like to thank everyone who came out for their dedication helping us to continuing Joey's legacy of training and keeping firefighters safe.
We have learned that the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation will receive the Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award during Fire-Rescue International 2015. Chief Joe DiBernardo, Foundation president and Joey's father, will be at the conference to accept the award on August 27, 2015.
The Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award, co-sponsored by VFSI, is presented to fire service organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment or significant contribution for firefighter health and safety. IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section Awards program recognizes both organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the overall environment of health and safety within their own organizations and within the fire service.
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, carries on Joey's legacy of training firefighters. After a deadly January 23, 2005 incident that left him critically injured, Joey traveled around the country training firefighters and stressing the importance of personal safety ropes. During this fire, six FDNY firefighters were forced to jump from a four-story tenement after becoming trapped while searching for victims. Lt. Curtis Meyran and Firefighter John Bellew died from their injuries and Firefighters Eugene Stolowski, Brendan Cawley, Jeff Cool, and Joseph DiBernardo were critically injured. Later that day, Firefighter Rich Sclafani died in a house fire in Brooklyn, making it the deadliest day for FDNY since September 11, 2001; the incident became known as "Black Sunday." The effects of Black Sunday are still felt today by survivors of the fire and their families. On November 22, 2011, Joseph DiBernardo, who was promoted to lieutenant after the incident, died from his Black Sunday injuries at the age of 40. In 2012, his family established a Foundation in his memory to help keep firefighters safe and prevent other tragedies.
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Our friends at the Newport News Firefighters Association set up a table for us at the Virginia Firefighter Games on April 18, 2015. We thank everyone who stopped to learn more about the Foundation and show their support.
On April 11, 2015, Chief Joe DiBernardo presented at the 2nd Annual New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association Seminar. The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation thanks the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association for having us to speak about the Foundation and Joey's story. We are greatful for the support of the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association.
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation now has a company page on LinkedIn. You can follow us and get updates on all the exciting things going on at the Foundation.
Visit www.linkedin.com/company/lt-joseph-p-dibernardo-memorial-foundation and follow us today!
Each year, one lucky seminar attendee takes home a one-of-a-kind treasure handcrafted by Chief Mike Nugent at Black Pearl Wood Works. Starting at the first seminar in 2013, Chief Nugent's tribute to his friend Joey has become a seminar tradition. Featuring a new design each year, the humidor/momento box is an outstanding way to remember Joey and a reminder of the great weekend of training and new friendships with other firefighters from around the country.
The 2015 seminar design features laser engraved photo of Joey.
Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20. The winning number will selected at the end of the seminar. You do not need to be present to win. You will receive your raffle numbers upon purchase. Also, new in 2015 a matching challenge coin holder will also be on auction during the seminar.
All donations will support the work of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation which provides training and funds to provide personal life safety rope systems to fire departments in North America.
Sterling Rope has pledged it's continued support of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation to help keep firefighters safe. In 2014, Sterling Rope provided over $1,800 worth of equipment to help save firefighter lives. The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is pleased to partner with them again in 2015 to provide personal life safety rope systems to departments in need.
The mission of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is train and provide personal life safety rope systems to firefighters throughout North America. Established in 2012, the Foundation carries on Joey’s legacy of training firefighters and providing personal life safety rope systems to departments in North America. The Foundation holds training events that promote firefighter safety and raises funds to support its grant program.
"Our partners are an important part of helping the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation remember Joey and to support fire departments throughout North America. Their generosity helps the Foundation provide firefighters with training and equipment that will help them go home safely to their families," says Chief Joe DiBernardo, President of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.
Sterling Rope is the leading manufacturer of life safety rope, cord, and hardware. Made right here in the USA, Sterling has works very hard to develop the best product for use in climbing, rope rescue, arbor, guiding, industrial safety, work access and OEM markets. Striving to be the front runner in innovation within the field, they work closely with companies to develop products for their needs. Each rope, no matter the diameter or length, runs through the hands of a real person to ensure that it meets the high standards of Sterling Rope.
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is happy to announce its newest partnership with Scott Safety to help keep firefighters safe. Jeff Cool, Foundation Board member and FDNY Black Sunday fire survivor, met with Pierre Desrochers, Zone Manager and Matt Meagher, Regional Sales Manager for Scott Safety on February 5, 2015. A check for $10,000 from Scott Safety was presented to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation to help train and equip firefighters throughout North America.
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, established in 2012, “carries on Joey’s legacy by training firefighters and providing personal life safety rope systems to departments in the United States and Canada which do not have the means to provide this important life-saving equipment,” says Chief Joe DiBernardo. The Foundation achieves its mission by holding training events that promote firefighter safety and raises funds to support its grant program.
Scott Safety, a Tyco business, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for firefighters, industrial workers, police squads, militaries, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott products protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards including smoke, toxic fumes, combustible gases, falling objects, and contaminants.