Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation

Working to create a fire-safe and burn-free Wisconsin

Fire Safety and Prevention Program

Preventing fires and burns through education and risk mitigation

We’ve proven that fire safety and prevention programs work: over the past 30 years, the number of fire related deaths in Wisconsin has been cut in half and deaths among children have been reduced by more than 80%. The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation’s focus on education and risk mitigation is supported by many individuals, organizations, partners and sponsors who are invaluable in helping advance our work to build strong, fire-safe and burn-free communities all across Wisconsin.

Fire Safety Newspapers in Education

For 22 years the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been a partner on this award-winning program that saves lives through education. The fun and engaging content within this newspaper teaches students about fire prevention, gas and electrical safety, and risk reduction in their homes. In 2018, more than 315,000 copies were delivered within every Gannett Sunday Paper in Wisconsin during Fire Prevention Week. Free print copies were also sent to schools who requested them, and a digital copy was also distributed to nearly every 4th-8th grade student in about 2,200 schools.

Information about our 2019 22nd Annual Fire Safety Newspapers in Education Program

Interactive map of 2019 Orders as of 9/15/2019:

PFFWCF Fire Safety Recognition Luncheon

Every year we put on a Fire Safety Recognition Luncheon to recognize the individuals, companies, and Fire Departments who continue to help us towards a Fire-Safe and Burn-Free Wisconsin. We also recognize burn camp staff for their years of service at camp as well as recognize our burn camp staff of the year.

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Join us for the 29th Annual Fire Safety Recognition Luncheon as we recognize Fire Fighters, Fire Departments, Individuals, and Burn Camp Staff for their work to create a Fire-Safe and Burn-Free Wisconsin.

Date: Monday October 14th

Time: 11:30am-1pm

Location: Doc’s BBQ – 754 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203

Cost: FREE (RSVP Required, Lunch Included) Donations Appreciated


Would you like to nominate someone for an award? If so, email Program Coordinator Eric Salzwedel at with who you would like to nominate and why by October 1st.


Dan Gengler Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Award – Recognizes people and organizations for their work to advocate and overcome the barriers to fire sprinkler systems in the future generations of homes.

  • Previous Award Winners: 2018 – Kenosha Fire Department, 2017 – DePere Fire Department

PFFWCF Corporate Responsibility Award – Recognizes a company or organization that has went above and beyond to help the PFFW Charitable Foundation create a Fire Safe and Burn Free WI, support our Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth, and has helped us continue to make a difference in communities around Wisconsin.

  • Previous Award Winners: 2018 – Tito’s Handmade Vodka,  2017 – Pierce Manufacturing, 2016 – American Red Cross

Legislator of the Year Award – Recognizes an elected official that has gone above and beyond to help us create a Fire Safe and Burn Free WI.

  • Previous Award Winners: 2018 – N/A, 2017 – Amy Loudenbeck 31st Assembly District, 2016 – Scott Krug – 72nd Assembly District

PFFWCF Support Award – Recognizes those who support us year after year. They are the backbone of this organization and provide significant support that makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

  • Previous Award Winners: 2018 – Neenah-Menasha Firefighters Local 275 Charitable Foundation Backdraft Bike Tour, 2017 – Waukesha Firefighters Local 407, 2016 – Robb Bosanko

Joe Vorce Career Safety Award – Recognizes an outstanding individual who represents Joe’s Courageous attitude and dedication to making the state of WI Fire-Safe and Burn-Free.

  • Previous Award Winners: 2018 – Pleasant Prairie Fire Lieutenant, Thomas Clark,  2017 – Appleton Fire Chief, Gene Reece

Larry Ceretto Fire Safety Education Award – Recognizes a Fire Department whose commitment to fire safety has attained the high level of quality and integrity that had been the characteristic of one of Wisconsin’s most admired in the fire service.

  • Previous Award Winners: 2018 – Sun Prairie Fire Department, 2017 – Madison Fire Department

In addition to these awards, we will be recognizing our Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth Staff. Awards include milestones in years of volunteering along with Staff of the Year Award.



** Attendees of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Affiliate Leadership Seminar (W.A.L.T.S) and Labor/Management Initiative do not need to reserve tickets.


We hope you will join us to recognize these important individuals, companies, and organizations!

Thank You,




Special Thanks to this year’s Presenting Sponsor:




Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition

We are proud partners of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition works to identify and overcome the barriers to the acceptance of fire sprinklers in the future generation of homes. 


Wisconsin Smoke Alarm Fire Education (WisSAFE) Coalition

The WisSAFE Coalition works to prevent the devastating effects of fire through smoke alarm installation and education. As a proud partner, in the last four years we have delivered more than 16,000 smoke alarms to more than 200 fire departments to install. In addition, Fire Departments can still receive free smoke alarms to install in the homes of at-risk populations in their communities through the Red Cross. Please contact us for more information.

Alliance for Fire Safety

Membership Program

We are bringing like-minded people and organizations together to help us create a Fire-Safe and Burn-Free Wisconsin. Please consider joining the Alliance for Fire Safety. Together we can make a greater difference and save lives.