Description & History
The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded in 2000 by Worcester, Massachusetts native, actor Denis Leary, in response to the 1999 Worcester firefighter tragedy. Since its inception, The Foundation has raised over $10 million for the fire departments of Boston, Worcester and New York City. These funds have financed the construction of a new burn tower and training facility which currently serves the fire departments of Central Massachusetts, the purchase of a Tactical Command Vehicle for the Boston Fire Department and the acquisition of a Mobile Command Center for the FDNY. The Leary Firefighters Foundation has also distributed over $1.9 million to the families of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th.
Dollars raised since 2004 fulfilled several projects: a high speed fire rescue boat for the Boston Fire Department’s protection of Boston Harbor; the completion of the Worcester training facility; and the creation of a state-of-the-art High-Rise Simulator at the FDNY’s training campus to support their training to combat the potentially catastrophic high-rise fire. After the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Foundation rebuilt 11 firehouse in flood ravages New Orleans. In 2008, the Foundation dedicated the 4.5 million dollar High Rise Training Simulator Building on Randall’s Island for the FDNY
At a time when our government’s resources are focused on homeland security, little has been allocated to increase the budget of our first responders. The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated to filling the gaps between the limits of government funding and the vital need of fire departments to acquire the tools necessary to maintain the highest level of public safety.