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Affordable Drill Towers Holds Benefit Training

Affordable Drill Towers teamed up with TEEX, Williamson County ESD #3 (Hutto Fire Rescue), Bastrop County ESD #2, and some of the top fire instructors in the U.S. for it's 2020 Winter Training Event.

The event, held on January 18-19, 2020, benefited the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.

This weekend, Steve Sanguedolce presented a check to the DiBernardo family for $5,000 for the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.

"Mrs. D, it is us that are honored and feel fortunate to be in a position to contribute to such a worthy charity. You, Chief D (Joe DiBernardo), Kevin, and the rest of the Joey D Foundation are doing such a great thing; not only preserving Joey’s legacy, but saving other firefighters lives through the grant program," says Steve Sanguedolce, CEO/President of Affordable Drill Towers.

Thank you to Steve Sanguedolce, Affordable Drill Towers, TEEX, Williamson County ESD #3, Bastrop County ESD #2, all of the instructors, and students who supported this event!

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Cheer on Sam Williamson in Walk the Walk 100 to Show Support for Veterans and Firefighters


Through the generous support of the Bird’s Eye View Project (BEVP), the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is able to provide training and equipment to firefighters in need throughout North America. We are excited to partner with them on their newest extreme sporting event, Walk the Walk 100. BEVP Board Member Sam Williamson is taking on this personal extreme mission to serve veterans and first responders who have and continue to serve us. On October 26 - 27, 2019, Sam’s personal journey is to raise $100,000 by walking 100 miles from Waco to Dallas, Texas.

This 100 mile trek will be divided into sections dedicated to each of the 2019 BEVP charities, including the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.

Join us in cheering Sam on in his journey to help those who serve us every day. Please show your support and share with your family and friends. You can follow Sam's training and live streaming of his journey online at: birdseyeviewproject.givingfuel.com/walk-the-walk-100

View the Sponsorship Opportunities for Walk the Walk 100

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New Items Donated for the 2019 Volleyball Tournament Raffle

We will be raffling off some donated items at the Second Annual Fire Department Volleyball Fundraiser on July 25, 2019. You will find new items listed in this post leading up to the tournament. Chances are $5 each or five for $20. You do not need to be present to win.

Raffle Items

Maia Salon Spa & Wellness Package


Fire Hooks Black Maxx


The Fire Hooks Unlimited Black Maxx is a hybrid sledge/maul featuring 10 lb. pound striking-force head with a pointed pike/edged cutter. The Black Maxx works well with a baseball style swing for easy forcible entry and can also provide an instant foot hold when the pointed end is sunk into a slanted or pitched roof.

The handle features an embossed thermo-rubber grip and a rubber over-strike guard that also doubles as a guide for hand placement. The Fire Hooks Unlimited Black Maxx might just become your favorite one-stop shop tool for forcible entry, roof work, ventilation and overhaul. The Black Maxx is built tough to handle your toughest fire ground jobs. And the edged pike has a notch that allows you to marry a 30” Pro Bar Halligan so you can carry both tools together!

• 10 lb. Head
• 11.5 lbs. Overall weight
• Reinforced fiberglass handle
• Overstrike guard
• Cutting edge on pike for chopping and cutting
• Notched pike for Halligan marrying

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Bob Farrell Champions Firefighter Safety With Donation

Captain Bob Farrell, our friend at Fire Hooks Unlimited, continues to show his support for the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation and the fire service. His generous donation of $20,000 will help the Foundation provide training and personal safety rope systems for firefighters throughout North America.

Bob, a former Navy Frog/UDT man and highly decorated member of FDNY, served at Ladder 31 during the "war years" and the filming of the 1972 TV documentary "Man Alive: The Bronx is Burning." Of his many awards, 19 in all, Bob was awarded the FDNY’s highest medal for bravery - James Gordon Bennett medal. During the 2015 seminar, Bob was one of the “Bronx is Burning” legends who participated in the panel discussion and meet and greet with students. After an historic career with FDNY, Bob went on to become the President/Founder of Fire Hooks Unlimited, designing and manufacturing fire hooks and tools.

"Through Bob's generosity, we can continue to train firefighters in the U.S. and Canada," says Chief DiBernardo, Foundation President. "Bob Farrell is a great friend; we are honored and grateful to have him as a partner the important work of keeping firefighters safe. His philanthropy helps many fire department organizations and causes throughout the country. We thank Bob for honoring Joey's memory and for his caring support of the fire service."



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Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Partners with Firehouse


The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is pleased to partner with Firehouse in 2017 to raise awareness and funds for the important work of keeping firefighters safe. Firehouse has been a supporter of the Foundation since its inception thank them for their continued support. We look forward to seeing everyone at Firehouse Expo on October 19 -21, 2017. Come see us in Booth #1144.

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. An annual seminar provides training to firefighters supports the Foundation's grant program which helps departments and firefighters throughout North America stay safe.

The Firehouse brand includes a comprehensive integrated marketing platform serving the nation’s first responders. This portfolio of industry-leading properties provides an unparalleled audience reach for public safety with print, online, mobile and event properties.

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Thanks for a Great Show at Firehouse Expo 2016

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation booth at Firehouse Expo. We saw many good friends and met a lot of new people during our time in Nashville. You're helping us providing personal safety systems and training to fire departments in need. Togther, we will ensure that every firefighter has a way out. And no family, department or community suffers the devastating impact of another “Black Sunday.”

Firehouse® has been a supporter of the Foundation since its inception, and a friend to both Joey and Chief DiBernardo. We would again like to thank Firehouse® for their continued support and for inviting us to exhibit at this year's Firehouse Expo.

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. Our Foundation achieves its mission by holding training events that promote firefighter safety and raises funds to support its grant program. Our annual seminar provides training to firefighters from across the country and will allow the Foundation to help departments and firefighters throughout North America to stay safe.

The Firehouse® brand includes a comprehensive integrated marketing platform serving the nation’s first responders. This portfolio of industry-leading properties provides an unparalleled audience reach for public safety with print, online, mobile and event properties including: Firehouse, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World.

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Visit the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation at Firehouse Expo 2016

Come by our Booth #1230 to learn more about our grant and training programs.


The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is pleased to partner with Firehouse® again in 2016 to raise awareness and funds for the important work of keeping firefighters safe. Firehouse® has been a supporter of the Foundation since its inception, and a friend to both Joey and Chief DiBernardo.

We would like to thank Firehouse® for their continued support and for inviting us to exhibit at this year's Firehouse Expo.

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. Our Foundation achieves its mission by holding training events that promote firefighter safety and raises funds to support its grant program. An annual seminar provides training to firefighters from across the country and will allow the Foundation to help departments and firefighters throughout North America to stay safe.

The Firehouse® brand includes a comprehensive integrated marketing platform serving the nation’s first responders. This portfolio of industry-leading properties provides an unparalleled audience reach for public safety with print, online, mobile and event properties including: Firehouse, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Nashville!

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Captain Bob Farrell and Fire Hooks Unlimited Continues to Support the Fire Service

Our friend, Captain Bob Farrell, at Fire Hooks Unlimited has again shown his caring support for the fire service. His generous donation of $10,000 to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation will help us keep firefighters safe.

"We can continue equip and train firefighters in the U.S. and Canada because of Bob's generosity," says Chief DiBernardo, Foundation President. "Our Foundation and family are honored to have such a great friend and champion for the important work we're doing in Joey's memory."

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. 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.

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Support Firefighters with a Night at the Ball Game

New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Saturday, July 25, 2015 7:10 pm


Join the New York Mets as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and support the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation. Heart Concert immediately following the game.
Named in honor of the late Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo, the memorial foundation started in his name provides grants to fire departments in need of personal life safety rope systems. The Foundation also holds annual seminars for training and development on such systems.

In honor of Lt. DiBernardo, a portion of every ticket sold through this online offer will be donated back to the Foundation to continue its work to protect the lives of firefighters. For more information, or for groups of 13 or more, please contact Alexandra Pugliese at 718 559 3038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seat on the Pepsi Porch - $45.00

Get Your Tickets at: www.mets.com/JoeyD

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Firehouse® Partners with Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation to Train Firefighters

The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation is pleased to partner with Firehouse® again in 2015 to raise awareness and funds for the important work of keeping firefighters safe. Firehouse® has been a supporter of the Foundation since its inception, and a friend to both Joey and Chief DiBernardo.

We would like to thank Firehouse® for their continued in-kind support of the 3rd Annual Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Seminar and look forward to having them at our upcoming event. Our sincere thanks also goes to Firehouse® for extending an invitation to exhibit at this year's Firehouse Expo.

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. Our Foundation achieves its mission by holding training events that promote firefighter safety and raises funds to support its grant program. An annual seminar provides training to firefighters from across the country and will allow the Foundation to help departments and firefighters throughout North America to stay safe.

The Firehouse® brand includes a comprehensive integrated marketing platform serving the nation’s first responders. This portfolio of industry-leading properties provides an unparalleled audience reach for public safety with print, online, mobile and event properties including: Firehouse, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World.

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A Sneak Peek at the 2015 Seminar Humidor/Momento Box

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.

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Equipment Donated by Sterling Rope Keeps Firefighters Safe

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.

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Scott Safety Partners with Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation to Save Firefighter Lives


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.

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Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Thanks Central Maryland F.O.O.L.S.

Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation thanks Central Maryland F.O.O.L.S. for their support of the Foundation during Firehouse Expo. The Foundation received a donation of $2,500 from the proceeds of the Brotherhood Bash sponsored by the Central Maryland F.O.O.L.S.

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Equipment Donated in Memory of Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo

Captain Bob Farrell, Ladder Co. 31, FDNY, Ret., CEO of Fire Hooks Unlimited, donated a number of tools in memory of FDNY Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo. Presenting the tools to Lt. Bobby Burke (center), of the Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Department, NY and representing the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation are retired FDNY Captain Louis Andrade (left), and retired FDNY Deputy Chief Joe DiBernardo (right).

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Long Island Association of Retired New York City Firefighters Help the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Foundation Keep Firefighters Safe

Long Island Association of Retired New York City Firefighters Help the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Foundation Keep Firefighters Safe


The Long Island Association of Retired New York City Firefighters presented a check to Chief Joe DiBernardo at their monthly meeting. Their $1,000 donation will help the Foundation provide safety training or equipment to a fire department in need.

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Christopher J. Malvetti Memorial Fund Donates to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation



Chief Joe DiBernardo of the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation accepts a $1,000 donation from Brennan Holmes of the Christopher J. Malvetti Memorial Fund. The check was presented at the "A Run Through the Bubble" 3K Fun Run/Walk and Barbeque to benefit the Christopher J. Malvetti Memorial Fund on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

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Chill Out for the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation

Chill Out for the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation


Firefighters across the country are taking the Cold Water Challenge and donating to their favorite charity. Here's just one video of the response to this challenge with a donation going to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation.

Chief Bill Rohr took the challenge, naming the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation as his favorite charity. Thank you to those who have accepted the challenge and helped the Foundation. If you cooled down for the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, we'd love to see the video. Please share them on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/JoeyDFoundation.

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