National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes Chief John Tippett

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is pleased to announce the selection of Chief John Tippett to serve as the Foundation’s Director of Fire Service Programs. The position is responsible for execution and oversight of all Foundation outreach programs in support of the national fire service community related to line-of-duty death prevention, firefighter survivability and efforts to support departments should a line-of-duty death occur. Included in these duties is the management of the Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home Program®, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and the Local Assistance State Team. 

“We are very pleased to have Chief Tippett join the Foundation team and we look forward to the knowledge, insights and experiences he will be bringing with him. Chief Tippett has served the citizens of Montgomery County and Charleston in an outstanding fashion and we are excited that he is committed to addressing firefighter safety on the national level,” says Chief Ron Siarnicki, NFFF’s Executive Director.

Chief Tippett has a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Management, from Columbia Southern University, and served 35 years with the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Services, working his way up through the ranks from Firefighter to Battalion Chief.  In 2009, Chief Tippett retired from Montgomery County and went to Charleston (SC) Fire Department, to serve as the Deputy Chief of Operations for eight years.  For the past year, he has served as their Interim Fire Chief.

The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers.  The NFFF also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line-of-duty deaths and injuries.  For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit


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