Firefighter LODD SOPs & Resources

Planning is critical to successfully handling a line-of-duty death. Having procedures in place will make it much easier for everyone – the family, the department, and the community. We encourage you to download and use resources from the Taking Care of Our Own® class to help develop or enhance your department’s plan and procedures. You may also download or order a copy of the Resource Guide that contains materials developed for the class.

The Foundation has a number of resources to help fire departments, all available free of charge. Below you will find a list of these resources that are available for download.

Autopsy Guidelines | Funeral Procedures & Guides | Line-of-Duty Death Investigations | Department SOPs | Other Resources | Writing & Delivering a Eulogy

Autopsy Guidelines

Download: Firefighter Autopsy Protocol
Source: www.usfa.dhs.gov
Contact:
United States Fire Administration
USFA Publications Center
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
1-800-561-3356

Funeral Procedures & Guides

Click the links below to download & view PDF documents

Orange County Fire Department – California
• Combination department
• Department size: Over 1,000
• Population served: Large metropolitan county

Chicago Fire Department – Illinois
• Career department
• Department size: Over 1,000
• Size of population served: Large metropolitan area Includes administrative duties after a line-of-duty death

Western Missouri Fire Chiefs Association – Missouri
• Funeral policy
• Funeral equipment resource list

Chaplain’s Manual: Fire Department Funerals
Federation of Fire Chaplains, 1994
Contact:
Route 1, Box 155B
Clifton, Texas 76634
Phone: (254) 622-8514

Contingency Plan for Firefighter Injury/Death
Doug Swartz, Fire Lieutenant/Honor Guard Coordinator
Clearwater Fire and Rescue

Funeral Procedures for Firefighters
National Volunteer Fire Council, 1991
E-mail: nvfcoffice@nvfc.org
1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 490,
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-5700/1-888-ASK-NVFC
Fax: (202) 887-5291

IAFF Recommended Protocol for LODDs
The IAFF will provide this protocol at the request of the IAFF District Vice President or local IAFF affiliates.
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 737-8484
Fax: (202) 737-8418

LODD Response Manual for WY Fire Departments
Chief Mark Young
Casper Fire-EMS
WY Local Assistance State Team Coordinator
Phone: (307) 235-8321

Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard LODD IAP
Jim McLoughlin, Commander Emertius
Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard
CT Local Assistance State Team Coordinator
Phone: (860) 930-3250

Line-of-Duty Death Investigations

Guide for Investigation of a Line of Duty Death
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Contact: IAFC at www.iafc.org
E-mail: publications@iafc.org
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033-2868
Phone: (703) 273-0911

The Aftermath of Firefighter Fatality Incidents: Preparing for the Worst
United States Fire Administration, Technical Report Series, Report 089
www.usfa.fema.gov
Contact:
United States Fire Administration
USFA Publications Center
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
1-800-561-3356

NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Programs and Reports
Contact: 1-800-35-NIOSH or 1-800-356-4674

Standard Operating Procedures

Glendale Fire Department – Arizona
• Career department
• Department size: 101 to 250
• Size of population served: 100,000 to 200,000

Tempe Fire Department – Arizona
• Career department
• Department size: 101 to 250
• Size of population served: 100,000 to 200,000

City of Yuma Fire Department – Arizona
• Career department
• Department size: 101 to 250
• Size of population served: 50,000 to 99,999
• Guide to investigating a line-of-duty death

Long Beach Fire Department – California
• Career department
• Department size: 251 to 500
• Size of population served: Over 200,000

Montrose Fire Department – Colorado
• Combination department
• Department size: 26 to 50
• Size of population served: 10,000 to 50,000

Florida Division of Forestry – Florida
• State agency utilizing career and volunteer firefighters

Dixon Fire Department – Illinois
• Combination department
• Department size: 1 to 25
• Size of population served: 10,000 to 50,000

East Alton Fire Department – Illinois
• Combination department
• Department size: 1 to 25
• Size of population served: 10,000 to 50,000
• Includes funeral service guidelines

Skokie Fire Department – Illinois
• Career department
• Department size: 101 to 250
• Size of population served: 65,000
Only Available on CD-ROM

Charlotte Fire Department – North Carolina
• Career department
• Department size: 500 to 1,000
• Size of population served: Large metropolitan area

Westerville Division of Fire – Ohio
• Career department
• Department size: 100 to 250
• Size of population served: 10,000 to 50,000

Corpus Christi Fire Department – Texas
• Career department
• Department size: 251 to 500
• Size of population served: Over 200,000

North Shore Fire Department – Wisconsin
• Career department
• Department size: 100 to 250
• Size of population served: 65,000

Sussex County Emergency Services – Delaware
• EMS department
• Department size: 51 to 100
• Size of population served: 100,000 to 200,000

Other Resources

Line-of-Duty Death Resource Guide
• Comprehensive booklet of line-of-duty death resources for fire departments
• 50-page guide contains information on pre-incident planning, notification, family and fire department support, and resources for departments.

Writing & Delivering a Eulogy

A Labor of Love, How to Write a Eulogy
Garry Schaeffer
This book offers tips on what to say and provides samples.To buy your own copy call (858) 268-8440 or order online at www.eulogybook.net.