What We Do - Fire Chaplain
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What We’re About

FireChaplain.Org exists to provide support to first responders, their families, and to all other members of their department. This is accomplished primarily through a “ministry of presence” at Fire Department Headquarters, the local Fire Stations, and on the scene of critical incidents.

 

Why? Because our first responders experience extraordinary human events every time they show up to work a shift. It is the goal of our organization to enable them to be emotionally and spiritually secure, even in the midst of a chaotic event. To that end, we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – in an effort to bring comfort, consolation, hope, and help. After all, even our heroes need a helping hand sometimes.

Our responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Routine and regular visits to Fire Department Headquarters and all fire stations (at each shift) in an effort to foster healthy, nurturing relationships with all personnel.
  • Participate in routine and regular ride-along opportunities with the on-duty Battalion Chief in order to visit fire station personnel and respond to calls as needed.
  • Responding to any and all critical incidents as directed by the on-duty Battalion Chief.
  • Offering counsel and a listening ear as needed.
  • Offering spiritual direction and guidance as requested.
  • Offering support through intercessory prayer, both publicly and privately.
  • Visiting sick or injured personnel at home or in the hospital.
  • Providing assistance to victims and their families in the event of crisis; such as fire, suicide, or automobile accidents that may result in death or significant trauma.
  • Availability to attend and participate in special events and occasions such as recruit graduations, award ceremonies, and building dedications.
  • Training additional volunteer chaplains as needed.
  • Giving or assisting in giving death notifications.
  • Performing weddings, funerals, and memorial services.
  • Serving as a liaison with other clergy in the community.
  • Serving as a ready resource for any emergency service agency.
  • Assisting in recruit training as requested by a training officer.
  • Availability to offer all other assistance to the department as requested and directed by the Fire Chief.