Currently serving as President of the 911 FUND, Stephan Hittmann previously worked as Executive Director at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) during and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In his capacity with FDNY, Stephan Hittmann was charged with furthering the Department’s goal of providing enhanced training and educational opportunities for its 17,000 personnel through improved internal training, collaborations with colleges and universities, and through distance learning. Through these activities, Stephan Hittmann helped firefighters and other FDNY personnel to continue serving New York City while working toward, and in many cases earning college degrees. After his service with FDNY, Stephan Hittmann became President of the 911 FUND, an all-volunteer organization inspired by the FDNY experience during and after the events of 9/11. Its goal is to improve emergency preparedness and response capabilities worldwide. In this capacity, Stephan Hittmann has focused the Foundation's efforts on enhancing the safety of first responders and other emergency service personnel. To advance the goals of the 911 FUND, Stephan Hittmann acquires and donates highly specialized emergency equipment, including firefighter gear and tools, medical equipment for EMTs and Paramedics, as well as vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances, all in support of first responders around the world. Stephan Hittmann also organizes first responders and medical personnel to visit underserved countries to train them in the safest ways to use this equipment, as well as to offer techniques to handle emergency situations effectively and efficiently. As part of his work with the 911 FUND, Stephan Hittmann works with numerous international organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and Partners of the Americas. Stephan Hittmann also supports numerous domestic charities, including Camp Wabenaki, the YAI Network/National Institute for People with Disabilities, Vision Urbana, and others.