In the Line Of Duty
The Colorado Fallen Firefighters Resource Team makes themselves available to departments who have been stricken with a loss. Team members are trained in many aspects. One of the main focuses our group takes is in relationship to a Line Of Duty loss.
In the case of a LODD, there are many necessary notifications on a Federal and State level that are required to be made. Team members are trained to assist departments with the proper notifications as well as the Federal paperwork process that will follow in the weeks and months to come.
Several team members have been trained by Bureau of Justice, on proper procedures and filing of federal benefit paperwork. This relationship facilitates ongoing training necessary to be proficient when dealing with Line Of Duty Deaths, and allows for a prompt response to agencies suffering a loss.
To Honor with Dignity
When a line of duty death occurs, and on request of the agency sustaining the loss, the team would be deployed immediately. The team serves in a behind the scene capacity and offers suggestions based on what the department needs are, as well as, the needs of the firefighter family. Team members have a time line of things that need to be done within hours of the tragedy to insure the ability to maximize benefits and assist the agency with some of the necessary legalities that occur with a line of duty death. The team stays in place at the agency, sometimes for several days, usually until the funeral services are completed.
The duties of the team do not end there, they provide information to the department on an as needed basis to assist the family and department beyond the funeral services.
A funeral service guide has been established to assist the family and department in choosing options to fit the services they desire. Funeral ceremony protocols are provided for use if desired as well. Our team utilizes the incident command system. Once again, our team members serves in a behind the scene capacity, leaving the members of the stricken department as the "front" people for the services.
Another job of our team is to be versed on available benefits available to the fallen firefighters family. These MAY include free funeral services through the Dignity Memorial Network, local organizations that provide aid to the family as well as scholarship assistance to any children of the deceased. We can assist with paperwork to qualify the deceased for placement on the State of Colorado Memorial, the National Memorial Monument, the IAFF Memorial Wall and some local memorial sites as well.
Why Should I Call?
Did you know that under certain circumstances, heart attacks and strokes that occur within 24 hours of a strenuous duty related event may qualify for Federal benefits. Currently this federal benefit is very large. We know of departments that did not consider this, and this benefit was not available to the family of the deceased.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION AS TO EVEN THE MOST REMOTE POSSIBILITY SOMEONE MAY QUALIFY, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY.
These are just some of the items we can provide to you. All of our services are provided to you AT NO COST!
Our team can also assist you with non LODD services as well.
Everything that happens immediately after a line-of-duty death affects the way the family, the department, and the community recover from the loss. Lack of resources and planning often adds to the confusion and pain that occurs. The Foundation thinks the best place for a department to turn for support is within its own state or region. Through a collaborative effort with the Department of Justice, we have developed resources and training to help establish state and regional Local Assistanct State Teams (LAST) to assist in the event of a line-of-duty death.
The primary objective of the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Resource Team, Colorado's NFFF's LAST team is to provide assistance and comfort to the family and department after a line-of-duty death. and to help with filing for Federal, state and local benefits. Since 2006, fire service personnel and survivors have been trained to serve on the LAST teams, in the event of a line-of-duty death.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation holds several regional LAST trainings across the country using FEMA's 10 regions as a guideline.
If you have a LODD in Colorado and need to report it or need assistance from the Colorado LAST call:
866-736-5868 for National Fallen Firefighter Foundation
970-379-4579 for the Colorado Local Assistance State Team (LAST)
- Published: 28 March 2014
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