If a firefighter from your department dies in the line of duty do you know what to do?
To report a LODD please call toll free 866-736-5868
Local Assistance State Team Contact
CAST Coordinator of L.A.S.T.
What the Team can provide:
• Department of Justice-Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (DOJ-PSOB) expertise
• Honor Guard and Ceremonial support
• Chaplain services for department members
• A fire service survivor to work with the family
• A behavioral specialist to work with the department members and the family
• Information and access to various Federal, State, and local benefits that may be available to the family
• Other information and resources to assist the family and department
What the Team will do:
• Respond only when requested
• Be on the ground within six hours with the team components that are requested
• Ensure the family and the department are the priority at all times
• Ask first before taking any action
• Maintain transparency and work behind the scenes
• Provide timely and accurate information
• Practice personal and team integrity
• Ensure quality over expediency
• Show empathy at all times
• Always think in terms of honor, dignity, and respect
• Have an exit strategy after the first day on the ground
What the Team won’t do:
• Self respond!
• Take over!
• Do anything without consulting the Chief of designate and/or the family!
• Give inaccurate information!
Rules of Engagement for the
• The primary mission is to bring expertise to the surviving family in filing for the DOJ-PSOB.
• Follow the mission of providing necessary assistance and support to families and fire departments of fallen firefighters, as requested.
• Provide the families and fire departments of fallen firefighters the support mechanisms needed before, during, and after the funeral.
• Act as a resource for the family and fire department.
• Act as the initial contact and agents for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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