Timely for 2020 Fire Prevention Week, Drew and Nancy Carbone talk about the work Friends of Firefighters have done to support mental wellness and mental health.
Created after the tragedies of September 11th, Friends of Firefighters is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing free, confidential mental health and wellness services.
Their board of advisors includes a cast of FDNY officials and other industry leaders, including Steve Buscemi and Gary Sinise. Later in the conversation, Nancy describes their influence on the recently 2020 Judd Apatow movie, The King of Staten Island. A comedy-drama featuring Pete Davidson, the story really resonates with what Friends of Firefighters is all about.
Listen to the Audio
History / What they do (3:56)
Helping out the families (8:18)
September 11th Sicknesses / Suicides (11:00)
Separation from the FDNY (13:18)
Vincent Dunn (14:32)
Outreach Team (18:12)
COVID effects (19:10)
Back to School initiative (23:46)
NY Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association (28:20)
Steve Buscemi (Board of Advisors) (29:20)
NYC Comedy-Drama, The King of Staten Island Movie(31:30)
Pete Davidson (33:20)
Friends of Firefighters beyond NYC (38:46)
Contact Info (40:46)
Discussed in this Episode: FriendsofFirefighters.org, #TheKingOfStatenIsland
About Friends of Firefighters
Created after the tragedies of September 11th, Friends of Firefighters is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing free, confidential mental health and wellness services. Headquartered in a revitalized firehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn with satellite counseling offices throughout the city and Long Island. Since 2001, the organization has expanded to meet the growing needs of the FDNY community by providing a range of peer support programs, financial guidance, expert counseling, and wellness services, all of which are offered by a team of professional staff sensitive to and knowledgeable about the firefighter culture. view website
About Nancy Carbone
Nancy is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Firefighters. She plays a key role in outreach as the primary spokesperson and liaison to the firehouses and unions. Nancy is an Honorary Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department and has been honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the FDNY Holy Name Society, the FDNY Columbus Association, and the New Orleans Fire Department; the Dedicated Service Award by the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Uniformed Public Service Award from the Caron Foundation, and is an Honorary Member of the FDNY Honor Legion. Nancy is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management’s Executive Level Program at the Columbia University School of Business.