Where Compassion Spreads Like Wildfire

Welcome

Inspired by the devastating fire season of 1994, Vicki Minor the Founder of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation decided after the loss of 14 courageous firefighters on the South Canyon fire in Colorado, that she would start a campaign to raise money for the families of those who died.  A memorial t-shirt was created, produced and sold across the Nation.  At the end of this successful fundraiser, Vicki sent all the money she had raised to a foundation on the East Coast for distribution to the families.  Two years later she found out that NOT ONE of those families received any of the money that she worked so hard to raise for them.  From her frustration over the situation and not wanting this to happen to anyone else ever again, she created the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Vicki’s main focus at that time was to be able to provide financial support to families of those who died or were injured in the line of the of duty while fighting wildland fires.  Vicki’s vision of helping the injured and assisting the families of the fallen was and still is her calling.  Since its conception, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation provides a variety of programs in the direct support of wildland firefighters and their families.

Every year wildland firefighters die while protecting our homes, our communities and our great outdoors.  The Wildland Firefighter Foundation truly came up from the ashes of fire, dirt and tragedy.  We are primarily funded by firefighters for firefighters, there are no agency or jurisdictional boundaries here.  Through the darkness of death and injury, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation exists not only because of Vicki’s tenacity but also because of you, the boots on the ground.

May your compassion continue to spread like wildfire.

 

We Stand With You

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.  We honor and acknowledge the past, present and future members of the wildland firefighting community and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.

We help maintain and grow the national monument established for our fallen. We operate a financial fund which provides critical assistance to the families of fallen and injured firefighters. We partner with private and interagency organizations to educate the public about wildland fires and promote excellence and safety in firefighting. We present program information and in some instances, onsite crisis support, to government and private fire agencies and other organizations.

Warriors Of The West Video Series

 

  • Go Behind The Fireline With ‘Warriors Of The West’

  • Go Behind The Fireline With ‘Warriors Of The West’

  • A Firefighter Who Gave His Life Fighting Wildfires

  • A Firefighter Who Gave His Life Fighting Wildfires

  • Inside The Life Of A Smokejumper

  • Inside The Life Of A Smokejumper

  • ‘Warriors Of The West’ Takes Us To The Fiery Front Lines With Hotshots

  • ‘Warriors Of The West’ Takes Us To The Fiery Front Lines With Hotshots

  • Pilots Fight Fires From The Sky

  • Pilots Fight Fires From The Sky

  • ‘Warriors Of The West’ Show Us The Communities That Support Firefighters On The Ground

  • ‘Warriors Of The West’ Show Us The Communities That Support Firefighters On The Ground

  • Let The ‘Warriors Of The West’ Redefine Bravery For You

  • Let The ‘Warriors Of The West’ Redefine Bravery For You

Coors Banquet is in its sixth year of supporting the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, donating over $1.5 million dollars to the foundation.

52 Club

Your 52 Club Membership helps the Foundation with the following programs:

  • Tragedy Assistance – Line of Duty Death (LODD)
  • Tragedy Assistance – Line of Duty Injury (LODI)
  • Tragedy Assistance – Extended Care of LODI’s (in extreme cases)
  • Tragedy Assistance – Extended Care of LODD’s (in extreme cases)
  • Hardship for Wildland Firefighters
  • Family Fire Weekend for Families of Fallen
  • Kids camp for the Children of Fallen Firefighters (Coming Soon)
  • Santa’s Helper for the Children of Fallen and Injured
  • Onsite Counseling Services for Trauma
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Workers Comp Assistance

Right now the need is greater than ever.