The 2021 Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference will be held October 22-24 in Topeka, KS at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center.
This registration is for a pre-conference workshop that will take place Thursday October 21, 2021. This workshop is free but your registration confirmation will provide access to a special code for a $50 discount for full conference registration or $25 discount for Friday or Saturday.
Taking Care of Our Own class workbook download
Taking Care of Our Own®
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 specific information and valuable insights.
In Module One participants assess their own views and attitudes on key points that the training will cover. Throughout the training, the participants can compare these with some of the principles and procedures being suggested. The first module concludes with first-hand experiences of a chief and a family member whose stories set the stage for the rest of the day.
Module Two focuses on the importance of pre-incident planning. It covers: 1) putting together a pre-incident plan for line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries; 2) maintaining up-to-date employee emergency contact information. Class participants discuss ways to support the family immediately after the death, during the funeral planning and service, and long term.
Module Three deals with notification of the survivors. It discusses the five basic principles of notification and lets the participants suggest ways to handle difficult situations.
Module Four covers benefits that may be available to survivors, including the Public Safety Officers' Benefits and State and local support.
Module Five presents the basic concepts associated with grief and mourning and explores the challenges of dealing with sudden death. It ends by asking the participants to reframe inappropriate statements commonly made to persons who are grieving.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website www.firehero.org contains extensive information on survivor benefits, ways to support the family, examples of fire department line-of-duty death SOPs, funeral protocols, investigations, and other useful resources.