NFSC Frequently Asked Questions

Donations to local programs help provide that community with quality fire & burn prevention and life safety educational materials.
1. How can our fire department receive NFSC fire safety materials, programs, & Firepup® Mascot Costumes?

Call us at 1-800-255-1082 or use our DEPARTMENT CONTACT FORM, and we’ll help you get started. The Firepup® Mascot Costume is only available through your local NFSC Fire Safety Coordinator.

2. How are NFSC fire safety materials & programs paid for?

NFSC materials are available exclusively through local fire departments who distribute locally at community programs, events, and schools. NFSC coordinates the entire program for fire departments. Best of all, this program will not impact department budgets.

3. Can I buy NFSC fire safety materials & programs online?

In order to help customize fire safety programs for local departments, NFSC materials are only available through local Fire Safety Coordinators and our National Headquarters. If you are interested in NFSC materials, please use our DEPARTMENT CONTACT FORM or call us at 1-800-255-1082.

4. Where can I find a materials price list?

Because our fire safety materials are constantly being updated, please contact your local Fire Safety Coordinator or the National Headquarters for the latest information.

5. Who is our local Fire Safety Coordinator?

If you’re not sure who your Fire Safety Coordinator is or how to reach them, please use our DEPARTMENT CONTACT FORM or call us at 1-800-255-1082.

6. Can NFSC fire safety materials be purchased by the general public?

NFSC materials are exclusively available through local fire departments, although, you are encouraged to use our PUBLIC CONTACT FORM or call us at 1-800-255-1082 and submit a request.

7. Are NFSC fire safety materials available for free to schools and community organizations like the scouts?

If your local fire department has a program with NFSC, any materials they provide are free of charge. Contact your local fire department first to see if they have National Fire Safety Council’s Firepup® program. If they do not have our program, please use our PUBLIC CONTACT FORM or call us at 1-800-255-1082. You may also recommend they visit our website,, to learn about our service.

8. Can we get a copy of your W-9 for our charitable funding records?

Yes. We provide a link in our Financial Documents section. You can download a PDF of our NFSC W9 Form, request one using our PUBLIC CONTACT FORM, or call us at 1-800-255-1082 and we will send you a copy.

9. Does NFSC post copies of their public financial records?

Yes! You can find our recent Form 990’s and our IRS Tax-Exempt Acceptance Letter on our Financial Documents section.

10. Does National Fire Safety Council, Inc. review and/or endorse products related to fire safety?

No. NFSC creates age appropriate fire safety materials and programs. We do not review or endorse other products or programs. If you are unsure about a products fire safety and/or effectiveness, you should contact your local fire department to see if they can provide you with the appropriate information. You may also find information about a product’s safety or effectiveness at the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website – or

Public Charity Reporting

National Fire Safety Council, Inc., is happy to provide the public with the following organizational and financial information: members of the board of directors, members of the executive staff, IRS Form 990s, donor and visitor privacy policy, and our IRS Tax-Exempt Acceptance Letter. We hope these documents can provide you with information you may need when considering to participate in or make a donation to a department’s local program. If you still have questions, please contact us.

NFSC Board of Directors

Harley J. Kaufman

President / Director

Term Expires 2/15/2025

W. Thomas Haynes


Term Expires 2/15/2024 – Independent

Jim Vance

Director / Vice President

Term Expires 2/15/2025 – Independent

Jeffrey Kinney


Term Expires 2/15/2025 – Independent

Diane M. Nelson

Director / Secretary / Treasurer

Term Expires 2/15/2025

Bradley Johncox


Term Expires 2/15/2024 – Independent

NFSC Executive Staff

Harley J. Kaufman


Barbara D. Huggett

Director of R & D

Mindy Coppernoll

Office Manager

NFSC Financial Documents

NFSC provides the following documents in PDF format. (A PDF viewer app may be required for your device.)

NFSC Financial Reports

NFSC Financial Summary

Year Ended October 31, 2022

The following information is summarized from Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, as filed with the Internal Revenue Service.


Program Services70%

Supporting Services

Management & General18%


Total Supporting Services30%
Total Expenses100%

Donor & Visitor Privacy Policy

,Please note: NFSC, Inc. educational materials may contain safety and medical information. This information is for educational purposes and should not be treated as professional advice. All information is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Although every effort was made to be sure the information provided is current and accurate, we do not warrant or represent that the medical information in these publications is true, accurate, complete, current or non-misleading.

You must not rely on the information in NFSC publications as an alternative to medical or legal advice from your doctor, professional healthcare provider, or legal adviser. If you think you are suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information found in NFSC’s educational materials.

Limits upon Exclusions of Liability

Nothing in this disclaimer will limit or exclude any liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or limit or exclude any liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law.

NFSC does not normally endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions expressed on National Fire Safety Council, Inc.’s websites, as well as images, videos, and all other content, may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes without first obtaining express permission from National Fire Safety Council, Inc.

Privacy Policy

National Fire Safety Council, Inc., is committed to the privacy of our donors and visitors. This privacy policy discloses the donor and privacy practices for National Fire Safety Council, Inc.,,,, and This privacy policy applies to information collected by these websites or other direct contact from you. It will notify you of the following:

      1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you, how it is used, and with whom it may be shared.
      2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
      3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
      4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on these sites. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email, online form, or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email, phone, or mail in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via our contact form found on our website:

      1. See what data we have about you, if any.
      2. Change/correct any data we have about you.
      3. Have us delete any data we have about you.
      4. Express any concern you have about our use of your data.


We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit personally identifiable information (for example, your name and address) via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing, customer service, or answering your questions) are granted access to personally identifiable information.

We do not collect or store credit card information via our websites, servers, or computers. Any credit card information provided to NFSC by other means is promptly destroyed as soon as payments have been processed. All other personally identifiable information stored is kept in a secure environment.

Any credit card information provided online via is processed through PayPal™’s secure servers. NFSC servers, computers, and employees never have access to this information. See PayPal™’s privacy policy regarding their security and practices.


Our websites may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Interaction with Children

Our websites may offer content geared toward children under 13. No personally identifiable information is collected from these visitors unless voluntarily submitted as a request for information or services. This information is used to respond to the user’s inquiries. We do not knowingly collect or store personally identifiable information from children under 13. If parents believe we have collected or stored their child’s personally identifiable information, they may request it be destroyed/removed by contacting us, and we will comply in a timely manner.


National Fire Safety Council, Inc., is committed to making our websites accessible to all of our visitors, contributors, fire departments, schools, and staff. If you have difficulty obtaining information from any of our websites, please contact us to get the material in another format. You should provide the URL of the website referencing that information.

Surveys & Contests

From time to time, our sites may request information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary, and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address) and demographic information (such as zip code and age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of our sites and our fire safety educational materials, programs, and services.


Our privacy policy may change from time to time, and all updates will be posted on this page.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone, one of our contact forms, or by mail at: National Fire Safety Council, Inc., P.O. Box 378 Michigan Center, MI 49254-0378.

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