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Come train with us at The Fire School. We offer courses in firefighting, emergency medical services, OSHA, NFPA, and leadership, our instructors and partners provide certified instructors to deliver the courses you need to advance your career.
Below you will find our Spring course offerings.  Have a suggestion for a course?  Visit our Use The Fire School page and submit our interest form.

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A special class offered by the
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation....


Taking Care of Our Own

NOVEMBER 2, 2023 - 600 BURR MOUNTAIN RD - 9:00AM -5:00PM - FREE

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 fire department personnel specific information and valuable insights.

This course is designed for senior fire officers, career or volunteer, chief officers and senior deputies of federal and state government, honor guard commanders, chaplains, and officials of national and state fire organizations.

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; and 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.

Each training team includes a chief, members of fallen firefighters’ families, and a mental health professional. In addition, the Foundation invites family members from the local area of the training to participate.

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