2 IL MABAS Chaplain Program Leadership Team Fire Chief Curt Kramer Hampshire Fire DepartmentFire Chief Craig Haigh Hanover Park Fire DepartmentChaplain Jennie Swanson Hanover Park Fire DepartmentChaplain Darrell Coons Belleville Fire DepartmentChaplain Roberta Preston Octavia Fire Protection District
3 Provide Holistic CareEffectively serve the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs of those we serve and protect
4 What is Holistic Care?People are by nature physical, emotional and spiritual* beings(*beliefs and values systems)We as emergency responders have a responsibility to serve and protect the whole personChaplains serve this purpose by specializing in emotional and spiritual care
5 What is a Fire Chaplain?Cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of personnel,families and community in crisis situationsUnderstands and trains in fire service culture and operationsNot shift based, available 24/7 on assigned days
6 DUTY - SERVICE - COMMITTMENT Commitment to the Fire ServiceAlways Ready to Serve Those in NeedDUTY - SERVICE - COMMITTMENT
7 Emergency Responder and member of the Fire Service – ‘one of us’ Committed to serve and protect along side firefightersTrains to provide a Standard of Care for personnel and community
8 Dependable, faithful, spiritually driven Not primarily a religious advisor – not faith specificChaplain communications are private and confidential
9 Role of MABAS & Influencing Organizations Local JurisdictionLocally established or agreed upon policies are utilized.NFPAIFCAuto/Mutual AidNVFCPolicies established by the Division are utilized.ITTFMABASDivisional ResponsesInterdivisional ResponsesIllinois Corp of Fire ChaplainsPolicies established by Corporate MABAS are utilized.
11 We walk with people in the midst of crisis Psychological First AidWe walk with people in the midst of crisisWe then place them in the hands of their own support systems and needed care.
12 5 Points Of Service Firefighters and Staff Command Families of PersonnelVictims of Emergencies and DisastersFellow Chaplains
13 A Link in the ChainIncident Includes Internal Support and Assessment (Chaplain and Peer Support)Pre-incident Education and TrainingIntervention Plan DeterminationAdd External Support CISM/EAP/ Medical ServicesFollow up and Needs AssessmentContinue Internal SupportsProblem Mitigated?Continue Internal Supports
14 Purpose of CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) To mitigate the impact of a horrible eventTo accelerate normal recovery of normal people reacting to abnormal events*CISM Debriefings should be conducted by a trained team*Northern Illinois CISM Team. Hanks, Timothy 1994
15 Supports “Everyone Goes Home” Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #13 “Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.”NFFFIAFC Safety and Survival WeekInitiative #13 began after 9/11Interviews with survivors and family of deceased about how much care they got after the incident. Indicated that mot enough support was given and traumatic grief/PTSD were prevalent.Study going on in Charleston to measure effectiveness of EAP extended services.Everyone Goes Home Recognizing the need to do more to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries, the Foundation has launched a national initiative to bring prevention to the forefront. The 2004 Firefighter Life Safety Summit produced 16 major initiatives that give the fire service a blueprint for making changes. The Foundation will play a major role in helping the U.S. Fire Administration meet its stated goal to reduce firefighter fatalities by 25% within 5 years, and by 50% within 10 years. The Foundation sees fire service adoption of the life safety initiatives as a vital step in meeting this goal. Visit the Foundation's Everyone Goes Home Web site to learn more about our efforts to reduce firefighter fatalities.Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives The Firefighter Life Safety Summit held in Tampa, Florida, in March 2004, produced 16 major initiatives that will give the fire service a blueprint for making changes. 1. Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety, incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.4. Empower all firefighters to stop unsafe practices.5. Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.6. Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relate to the initiatives.8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.10. Ensure grant programs support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.11. Develop and champion national standards for emergency response policies and procedures.12. Develop and champion national protocols for response to violent incidents.13. Provide firefighters and their families access to counseling and psychological support.14. Provide public education more resources and champion it as a critical fire and life safety program.15. Strengthen advocacy for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.16. Make safety a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.
16 Chaplain Duties Visits stations and shifts Responds to structure fires, deaths and critical incidentsMakes hospital and home visitsPrayerful supportPerforms weddings, blessings and funeralsAttends meetings, invocations, eventsParticipates in training
17 when you feel like you’re REALLY STUCK Chaplains are here …when you feel like you’re REALLY STUCK
22 Chaplains Train To Provide An Effective Standard of Care For Those We Serve Together Existing theological and pastoral training is NOT sufficient for this job.
23 New chaplains do not always have the skills needed for this job Interviews, orientation, comprehensive training and a probationary period should be required
24 Basic Training PPE & Fire Ground Safety/Operations Incident Command System (NIMS)Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)Pastoral Crisis InterventionLine of Duty Death and FD FuneralsCPR and First AidDepartmental Training Opportunities
25 Advanced Training Suicide Intervention and Postvention Disaster Response Deployment PreparationGrief Following TraumaStress Management For Emergency RespondersFamily EducationPublic Safety Officer BenefitsCommunication and Team EffectivenessTerrorism: Psychological Impact and Implications
26 Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services A Partner to MABAS chaplainsOffers CISM Training (ICISF) at a discounted rate through grant fundingDeploys Chaplains to Disaster ResponseProvides Canteen and Rehab Services
27 Determine what method works best for your department CommunicationsIn order to helpChaplains must knowwhen, where and howto respondDetermine what method works best for your departmentPagerCell PhoneDispatch Tone-Out2 Way Radio
29 Statistics/Accomplishments 140 chaplains in 33 DivisionsMABAS committee structure in Divisions 2,5,11,12,13 (23 Structured)National leader in chaplain program developmentExtension to OEM and Homeland Security ChaplainsPartnerships with local police chaplains and social workers
30 The Division Chaplain Committee 3 PositionsChaplain CoordinatorChief LiaisonTraining OfficerPolicy Development includesDuties and TrainingCommittee GuidelinesTask Force Response
31 RECRUITING A CHAPLAIN Local pastor/priest Deacon Clergy group/Stephen’s ministryConsider multi-faith needsConsider Chaplain Team3 magic ingredients…
32 Professional Organizations For Chaplains Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC)Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains (ICFC)
33 How do I become a MABAS Fire Chaplain? Contact your local department Fire Chief and volunteerTalk to other MABAS chaplains about this ministryBegin training to learn and prepare for being called to this amazing ministryGOD BLESS YOU AND STAY SAFE!
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