Established in February 1939, the Fire Bell Club is an organization of individuals interested in the fire service, its current operations, and the preservation of its history. Members come from all walks of life, including fire service professionals. The Club and the FDNY enjoy a unique relationship of friendship and support. Club members are regularly involved with public relations services for the FDNY, attend Department functions, and contribute a vast amount of time and effort to various Department events, the Fire Museum and Fire Prevention activities. The Fire Bell Club Medal has been presented on Medal Day since 1984. Many, both in and outside the Department, consider the Club’s monthly newsletter to be one of the most current and informative sources of information pertaining to the FDNY.
The Fire Bell Club continues its mission of service to the FDNY by awarding a $1,000 scholarship each June to a 5th Grade and above Firefighter or Fire Officer who has been accepted at or is attending an accredited institution of higher learning. Preference is given to those members who have less than five years service.
Interested applicants who are pursuing a degree in Fire Service Administration, Public Service Management, Nursing or a fire service discipline and who have completed a minimum of twelve credits should submit, by April 30th, a written statement of 500 words explaining why they should be considered for the award.