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ARIZONA Charity tributes and fundraising

A leading fire safety charity is amongst those paying its respects to Arizona wildfire firefighter victims...

The fire safety charity the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has offered its condolences to the families of the fallen firefighters following a fire tragedy in Arizona that has seen 19 firefighters lose their lives...

Meanwhile a national fundraising appeal has been launched to help victims of the devastating wildfire...

19 firefighters of the Prescott, Arizona Fire Department were killed battling the Yarnell Hill fire, says the Prescott Fire Department, a wildfire that has still not been contained...

Fire safety charity NFPA is amongst those making tributes for the heroic firefighters who died on Sunday whilst battling the massive blaze...

Hundreds of firefighters have been involved in combating the wildfire which has burnt over 8,000 acres of land...

The NFPA statement offers its "sincere condolences to the families of the fallen firefighters, to the Prescott Fire Department, and the entire community for the loss of these heroes...”

A combination of soaring heat, dry conditions and winds is the backdrop to an outbreak of wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and California...

Private and business properties are still under threat from the blazes and the NFPA is offering advice to help protect the public...

NFPA advice in the event of a wildfire outbreak includes cleaning leaves and other potential inflammable material from around the home, including gutters, to prevent embers from starting fires...

The charity also advises the public to keep lawns cut and hydrated...

The high casualty rate of the Arizona fire has sent shock waves around the world...

The loss of 19 firefighters is the largest casualty list of firefighters since the 9-11 terrorist attacks...

340 firefighters lost their lives at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001...

It is the third highest firefighter death toll amongst wildfires in America....

The worst being the 1910 Devil's Broom wildfire in Silverton, Idaho that killed 86 firefighters...

The Yarnell tragedy is also a reminder of the risks that rescue service workers face in their duties serving the public, and also a reminder of the importance of fire prevention strategies...

Tributes continue to pour in for the firefighters who put themselves in danger to safeguard the lives of others... from various non-profit and civic organisations...

National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, (mayor of Avondale, Arizona), a mother of firefighters herself, says:

"I join the entire nation in offering our sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that were killed on duty battling the Yarnell Hill fire...

"Our thoughts and prayers will remain with their families during this devastating time."

US non-profit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has launched a nationwide appeal for funds...

The charity sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who have died in the line of duty during the previous year...

NFFF also funds support services for firefighter families affected by tragedies in the line of duty...

The national charity in partnership with local organisations in Arizona has launched a national fundraising appeal to create a specific fund for survivors...

The Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund will help co-workers, families and survivors rebuild their lives, says the charity...

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