Local Assistance State Team

Local Assistance State Team

The Local Assistance State Team (LAST) Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The Foundation realized that to best assist families and departments who had lost a firefighter in the line of duty – they needed to have trained personnel on the ground and available to help when requested within six hours of death. This could only be accomplished by developing a team of trained responders in each state who could be deployed immediately upon notification of a line-of-duty death. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation began training personnel in these functions in October 2006 at the United States Fire Administration campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and has continued this training across the country wherever potential team members are available. Funds from the Department of Defense, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant make this vital program possible. No National Fallen Firefighters Foundation donation funds are used to perform any of the LAST functions.

When a line-of-duty death is reported to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the Coordinator of the Local Assistance State Team, in that state, is notified and they immediately make contact with the chief of the effected department or his/her designee and offer the assistance of the Local Assistance State Team. That assistance can include operational support to ensure the continuance of service to the community, any and all needed support to the family of the fallen firefighter, planning and coordination of funeral activities, assistance in obtaining behavioral health counseling for family and department members, and the preparation of local, state and federal benefit claims. While these teams may perform many important functions their primary responsibility, when requested, is to assist with the preparation and submission of the Public Safety Officers Benefit claim. The Local Assistance State Team will only assist after being requested and then will operate in a transparent manner behind the scenes to accomplish their tasks.

These Local Assistance State Teams are made up of members who come from all areas of public safety, as well as survivors of line-of-duty deaths, and volunteers from all lines of work. They are all passionate about helping those who have suffered the loss of a family member or department member in the line of duty. Whenever possible, the team coordinator is a Fire Chief who has experienced a line of duty death and has in-depth knowledge of his state and its fire service activities. The coordinator will designate one or two backup positions to his position to ensure that there is someone available should there be a line of duty death in their state. There are many specialty members on each team such as a honor guard commander, chaplain, survivor, logistics specialist and benefit specialist just to mention a few. In large states, teams will try to duplicate these specialties in different areas of the state in order to shorten response times to all areas of the state. Team deployment can be as few as one member to a complete activation of the team depending on what assistance is requested by the department that has lost a member.

If you are from a state where a team does not exist, please contact Ian Bennett at ibennett@firehero.org for more information.

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To report a LODD please call toll free at 866-736-5868.

Find Your State Contact(s)


24hr. Emergency Contact – (800) 392-5679

C. Reid Vaughan, Planning Officer
Alabama Fire College
Phone: 205-499-6905
E-mail: rvaughan@alabamafirecollege.org

John James, Regional Training Center Coordinator
Alabama Fire College
Phone: 256-810-8795
E-mail: jjames@alabamafirecollege.org


Assistant Chief Steve Crouch
North Star Volunteer Fire Department
Phone: 907-415-1650
E-mail: stevecrouch0062@gmail.com


Mike Thomas
Golder Ranch Fire District
Cell: 520-306-0287
E-mail: mthomas@grfdaz.gov

Assistant Chief Pat Abel – Alternate CAST
Golder Ranch Fire District
Work: 520-825-9001
Cell: 520-954-4009
E-mail: pabel@golderranchfire.org

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Larry Brewer
Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Phone: 501-329-4199
Cell: 501-328-7204 (cell service bad at home)
E-mail: lj.brewer@att.net

Jackie Warren
Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Cell: 501-744-2907
E-mail: ironladies@att.net


Rick Martinez
California Fire Foundation
Office: 916-921-9111
E-mail: rmartinez@cpf.org
E-mail: californiafirefoundation@cpf.org
Website: www.cafirefoundation.org

Joslyn Beile
California Fire Foundation
Office: 916-921-9111
E-mail: jbeile@cpf.org
E-mail: californiafirefoundation@cpf.org
Website: www.cafirefoundation.org


Bert Brooks
Phone: (303) 356-3742
E-mail: bert.brooks@arvadafireco.gov

Rachel Nelson
Phone: (720) 819-7223
E-mail: rnelson@fyrwerx.com


Hal Grout (Primary Contact)
Commander, Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard
E-mail: fdpypr911@cox.net
Phone: 860-214-1092

Matthew Braunshweiger
East Hartford Fire Department
Phone: 860-539-0365
E-mail: mbraunshweiger@gmail.com

Chief Nick DeLia
City of Groton Fire Department
E-mail: pentabugel@aol.com
Phone: 860-625-3106

Jeff Morrissette
Connecticut Fire Academy
Phone: 860-627-6363 x230 (24 Hours)


Chaplain Charlie Arnold
Delaware State Chiefs
E-mail: charliearnold82@gmail.com
Phone: (302) 542-9783

Dennis Carradin
Delaware Volunteer Fireman’s Association
E-mail: denniscarradinjr@gmail.com
Phone: (302) 275-7825

District of Columbia

State Team Information Pending

For information on Local Assistance State Teams available near you please E-mail Ian Bennett.

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Doug Swartz
National Honor Guard Academy
E-mail: flaswartz@aol.com
Cell: 727-487-3973


Dennis Thayer
Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Inc.
Cell: 678-787-2635
E-mail: dthayer@gafallenfirefighters.org


State Team Information Pending

For information on Local Assistance State Teams available near you please E-mail Ian Bennett.

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Brad Van Ert
E-mail: bvanert1@outlook.com
Cell: 949-547-2038


Chief Joe Holomy (Retired)
Cell: 815-405-2051
E-mail: chiefholomy@hotmail.com

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 800-662-0732.


Eric Johnson
Indiana Fire & Emergency Services Memorial Team
E-mail: EricJohnson@SupportingHeroes.org
Office: 502-585-2282
Cell: 502-643-2677
Home: 502-365-1559


Fire Chief/Inspector Roger Bissen
City of Harlan Fire Department
E-mail: rbissen@cityofharlan.com
Work: 712-755-5354
Cell: 712-579-8548


Ron Ewing
E-mail: setrustee@live.com
Phone: 620-366-5399

Shane Pearson
Phone: 785-667-4005
E-mail: ksffa2ndvp@gmail.com or shane.pearson@salina.org


Jeremy Rogers
Kentucky Fire Commission
E-mail: Jeremy.rogers@kctcs.edu
Phone: 859-608-7575

Kyle Smith
Supporting Heroes
E-mail: KyleSmith@supportingheroes.org
Phone: 270-853-6001


Dwayne Thevis
Louisiana State Firemen’s Association
E-mail: lsfasec2016@hotmail.com
Phone: 337-256-9093


Mike Robitaille, Chief
Yarmouth Fire-Rescue
E-mail: mrobitaille@yarmouth.me.us
Station: (207) 846-2410
Cell: (207) 240-9410
Fax: (207) 846-2447

Nate Schools
Buxton Fire-Rescue
E-mail: nschools@buxtonfr.org
Phone: 207-572-2418


Division Chief Michael Pfaltzgraff
Anne Arundel County Fire Department
E-mail: marylandlast@gmail.com
Cell: 443-336-0067


Deputy Chief Alan Manley
E-mail: ltsmanley@msn.com
Text and Cell: 508-264-1686
Home: 508-636-4000


Steven Richardson, President
Michigan State Firemen’s Association
Mobile: 989-590-2085
Office: 800-445-3844
E-mail: richardsonsteve85@yahoo.com

Jim Rose, Past President
Michigan State Firemen’s Association
Office: 800-445-3844
Mobile: 906-282-1223
E-mail: jrose@championinc.com


Brian Petersen, Family Liaison Officer
Minnesota Fire Service Foundation
Cell: 507-525-5887
E-mail: brian.petersen@state.mn.us

Crawford Wiestling, Everyone Goes Home® Advocate
Minnesota Fire Service Foundation
Cell: 612-867-7993
E-mail: crawfordwiestling@gmail.com


Craig Woodard
Southaven Fire Department
Cell: 901-581-0611
E-mail: craigwdrd@gmail.com (Home) | cwoodard@southaven.org (Work)


Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Zinanni
Missouri Firefighter Funeral Assistance Team
1-888-4911HELP (Ask for Funeral Team)
E-mail: brianzinanni@supportingheroes.org
Phone: 314-973-0685 or 324-805-3207

Zach Jones
Salisbury Fire Department
Missouri Firefighter Funeral Assistance Team
1-888-4911HELP (Ask for Funeral Team)
E-mail: zjones.sfd@gmail.com
Phone: 660-414-5835


Assistant Chief Kevin Strickler
Belgrade/Central Valley Fire
Phone: 406-388-4480
E-mail: stricklers4@msn.com


Karla Houfek
NE Serious Injury & Line of Duty Death Response Team
E-mail: karlajhoufek@gmail.com
Phone: 402-499-1773

JR Christiansen
Phone: 402-618-7000
E-mail: jrsc751@gmail.com

Website: www.neresponseteam.org


State Team Information Pending

For information on Local Assistance State Teams available near you please E-mail Ian Bennett.

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

New Hampshire

Chief Mark Klose, NH CAST
Rochester, NH Fire Department
E-mail: kowboy1668@yahoo.com
E-mail: mark.klose@rochesternh.net
Personal Cell: 603-396-0270
Work Phone: 603-335-7545

Firefighter/EMT Thomas Green, Asst. Team Leader
Bedford, NH Fire Department
E-mail: tfgreen@green-insurance.com
E-mail: tomgreen@gsfsst.org
Cell: 603-472-5188
Office: 603-472-5188

New Jersey

Greg W. Collier, Battalion Fire Chief
L.A.S.T. Coordinator, New Jersey Local Assistance State Team
“Supporting New Jersey’s Fire Service Survivors”
E-mail: everyonegoeshome@comcast.net
Phone: 202-642-3605
Cell: 609-743-3630

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

New Mexico

Greg Perez
Bernalillo County Fire Department
Cell: (505) 977-4834
E-mail: gperez@bernco.gov

New York

State of New York
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Office of Fire Prevention and Control
Fire Operations and Training Branch

Headquarters (518)474-6746 (24 hour notification)

Brian Benstead
E-mail: Brian.Benstead@dhses.ny.gov

Shawn Brimhall
E-mail: Shawn.Brimhall@dhses.ny.gov

North Carolina

Mike Williams
Scott Hackler
North Carolina Department of Insurance/Office of the State Fire Marshal
Phone: 919-647-0000 or 1-800-634-7854 (NC Only)

North Dakota

Curtis Freeman
Dickinson Fire Department
E-mail: curtis.freeman@dickinsongov.com
Cell: (701) 260-2294


Jack Guyton
Scioto Twp Fire Department
Cell: 614-332-2484
E-mail: piperguyton340@gmail.com

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Bryan Beall
Silver City Fire Department
Home: 918-865-8384
Cell: 918-688-1860
E-mail: se2474@cimtel.net

Mike Mallory
Tulsa Fire Department
Cell: 918-527-0262
E-mail: mmallory@cityoftulsa.org


Tom McGowan, Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Medford Fire Rescue
Office: (541) 774-2305
Cell: (541) 659-7397
HQ: (541) 774-2400
E-mail: Thomas.McGowan@cityofmedford.org


Douglas Snyder
Eastern Area Field Supervisor
E-mail: douglassny@pa.gov

Mark Wineland
Western Area Field Supervisor
E-mail: mwineland@pa.gov

To report a line-of-duty death call the Pennsylvania State Emergency Operations Center (24 Hours) at 1-800-424-7362.

Rhode Island

Chief Robert Bradley
Rhode Island LAST
E-mail: rebradley1960@gmail.com
Cell: (401) 406-1931

Chief Mike Gingell
Harrisville Fire Department
E-mail: mgingell@harrisvilleri.org
Cell: 401-692-7267

Lt. Chris Koretski
Watch Hill Fire Department
E-mail: chriskoretski@aol.com
Cell: 401-258-4969

South Carolina

Ashley Boltin
South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association
E-mail: ashley@scfirefighters.org
Cell: 803-960-7935
Work: 803-454-1805
Home: 803-732-6873

South Dakota

Casey Warren
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division
Work Cell: 605-390-5831
Work E-mail: casey.warren@state.sd.us
Personal Cell: 605-390-2619
Personal E-mail: casey.warren@icloud.com

Doug Hinkle
Chief Deputy Fire Marshal
Office: 605-773-3417
Cell: 605-280-5864
E-mail: doug.hinkle@state.sd.us


Executive Director Paul Trumpore
Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains
E-mail: PNTrumpore@aol.com

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Ms. Wendy Norris
Texas LODD Task Force
E-mail: wendy@texasloddtaskforce.com

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Brad Wilkes
Layton Fire Department
Utah State Fire Chiefs Association
E-mail: bwilkes@laytoncity.org
Cell: 801-807-8822
Work: 801-336-3940
Home: 801-771-4332


Robert Kilpeck
Brandon Fire Department
E-mail: rjkilpeck@aol.com
Cell: 802-342-0369


Division Chief (Ret.) Steve Poff
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue
E-mail: firescene@mindspring.com

Steve Kopczynski
York County Department of Fire & Life Safety
E-mail: kopczyns@yorkcounty.gov
Phone: 757-897-1881


Chaplain Pat Ellis
Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority
E-mail: pellis@pugetsoundfire.org
Cell: 206-372-2663
Work: 253-856-5826

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

West Virginia

Mark Stewart
West Virginia Assistant State Fire Marshal
Phone: 304-488-4512
E-mail: David.M.Stewart@wv.gov

Allan D. Casto
West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office
E-mail: asfmallanc@aol.com
Phone: 304-541-5127


Chief Steve Schreiber (Ret.)
Black River Falls Fire Department
E-mail: steve.schreiber61@gmail.com
Phone: 715-896-0277

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.


Fire Chief Dan Johnson
Laramie Fire Department
E-mail: djohnson@cityoflaramie.org
Phone: 307-760-6129

Scott Kitchner
Sweetwater County Fire District #1
E-mail: skitchner@fd1fire.com
Phone: 307-389-5671