National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Training Opportunities
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation offers a variety of training for the fire service including courses on: community risk reduction, firefighter behavioral health, firefighter LODD prevention, and LODD preparedness.
LODD Preparedness Training:
» Taking Care of Our Own®
» LAST (Local Assistance State Team)
» Public Safety Officers Benefit Panel Discussion
LODD Prevention Training:
» Courage to Be Safe®
» Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge (LACK)
Taking Care of Our Own®
Training Type: LODD Preparedness
A fire department does not know when it will have a line-of-duty death or serious injury. Does it have a plan in place? Are personnel records current? Does the department know how to make timely and proper notification to the survivors? Fire chiefs and survivors tell us that most fire departments are not prepared for a line-of-duty death. Taking Care of Our Own® provides senior fire officers specific information and valuable insights.
The course includes stories from family members who have lost a loved one and a fire chief who has been in the unfortunate position of telling a survivor that their firefighter has been killed in the line of duty. Survivors will share what went well, what didn't go well and what a department can do to be prepared. The course includes information about Public Safety Officer Benefits as well as valuable insights from a behavioral health specialist who gives guidance on the resources that should be made available when dealing with a line-of-duty death (LODD) and what elements should be included when developing a LODD policy.
LAST (Local Assistance State Team) TrainingTraining Type: LODD Preparedness
Duration: 8 hours
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 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, this course will provide the needed training to help establish state and regional Local Assistance State Teams (LAST) to assist in the event of a line-of-duty death.The primary objective of the 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.
Public Safety Officers Benefit Panel Discussion
Training Type: LODD Preparedness/Benefits
The Public Safety Officers Benefit is a lump sum payable to the survivors of officers who died or were critically injured in the line of duty. This includes federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; career and volunteer firefighters; EMS and ambulance personnel; and chaplains of these departments. The PSOB Program is administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
The panel will discuss the process and procedures for applying for PSOB, which includes ensuring that departments have access to all the necessary forms for filing benefits claims for the family. In addition, the discussion will address resources offered by the Foundation when a department experiences a line of duty death, as well as information related to the LAST (Local Assistance State Team) Program.
Courage to Be Safe®
Training Type: LODD Prevention
This course is a provocative and moving presentation by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, through the Everyone Goes Home® Program, that is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence.
Building on the untold story of line of duty death survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death. This presentation provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths. The central theme promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect yourself and other firefighters and ensure that "Everyone Goes Home" at the end of the day.
Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences.
Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge (LACK)
Training Type: LODD Prevention
Is your department on the path to a LODD? This compelling presentation by the National Fallen Firefighter Foundations examines the root causes of LODD's and the role of Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge as it influences the end result. Many fire departments across the United States "LACK the Right Stuff" to prevent them from being on a path to a line of duty death, with Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge being the elements that need to be addressed and managed in those environments. Through education and training, those departments can improve their survivability by understanding the root causes of firefighter fatalities and tackling these four elements with special emphasis on understanding fire service culture.
Community Risk Reduction (CRR): Can We Use The 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to Accomplish This?
Training Type: Community Risk Reduction/Fire Prevention
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with Vision 20-20 to assess the current state of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) throughout the United States by conducting a nationwide survey to determine how fire departments are using the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to advance CRR. Based on the results, a model management program has been developed by 12 demonstration departments who were selected for their long-standing commitment to CRR.
Strategies included the development of CRR-specific strategic goals that any fire department can adapt to local situations. The presentation will include a review of the national survey, presentation of resources from the demonstration departments, and a question and answer session from our presenters. Special attention will be paid to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, especially Initiatives 14 (Public education must be championed as a critical fire and life safety component of every fire department) & Initiative 15 (Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers).