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Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Orientation and Expectations
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Illinois Corps Of Fire Chaplains, Inc (ICFC) Serving Responsibly, Supporting Faithfully, Training Effectively and Setting New Standards for Fire and Emergency Response Chaplaincy in Illinois.
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Provide Holistic Care Effectively serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those we serve and protect
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc 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 person Chaplains serve this purpose by specializing in emotional and spiritual care
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc What is a Fire Chaplain? Cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of personnel, families and community in crisis situations Understands and trains in fire service culture and operations Not shift based, available 24/7 on assigned days
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Objectives Objectives To establish a standard of care and training for fire service chaplains To assist fire agencies to develop chaplain programs in their own municipalities To provide an internal support for personnel To create a network for mutual aid in larger incidents
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Commitment to the Fire Service. Always ready All the time
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Emergency Responder and member of the Fire Service – ‘one of us’ Committed to serve and protect along side firefighters Trains to provide a Standard of Care for personnel and community
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Dependable, faithful, spiritually driven Held to a high standard as a member of the department Not primarily a religious advisor – not faith specific Chaplain communications are private and confidential
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Really, though… What does a chaplain do?
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Psychological First Aid We walk with people in the midst of crisis We then place them in the hands of their own support systems and needed care.
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Supports “Everyone Goes Home” Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #13 “Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.”
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Aids the Process of CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) To mitigate the impact of a horrible event To accelerate normal recovery of normal people reacting to abnormal events* CISM Debriefings should be conducted by a team of trained peers. Chaplains should not debrief their own departments. *Northern Illinois CISM Team. Hanks, Timothy 1994
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Chaplain Duties Visits stations and shifts Responds to structure fires, deaths and critical incidents Makes hospital and home visits Prayerful support of your needs Performs weddings, blessings and funerals Attends meetings, invocations, events Participates in training Leads and mentors other fire chaplains
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Chaplains Train To Provide An Effective Standard of Care For Those We Serve Together
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc New chaplains do not always have the skills needed for this job Interviews, orientation, comprehensive training and a probationary period should be required
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc RECRUITING A CHAPLAIN Local pastor/priest Deacon Clergy group/Stephen’s ministry Consider multi-faith needs Consider Chaplain Team Hold a meeting to present the program…see who bites… 3 magic ingredients…
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Basic Training PPE & Fire Ground Safety/Operations Incident Command System (NIMS) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Pastoral Crisis Intervention Line of Duty Death and FD Funerals CPR and First Aid Departmental Training Opportunities 12 week mentoring period (minimum)
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Advanced Training Suicide Intervention and Postvention Disaster Response Deployment Preparation Grief Following Trauma Stress Management For Emergency Responders Family Education Public Safety Officer Benefits Communication and Team Effectiveness Terrorism: Psychological Impact and Implications
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Salvation Army Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services A Partner to MABAS Chaplains Offers CISM Training (ICISF) through grant funding Deploys Chaplains to Disaster Response Provides Canteen and Rehab Services
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Communications Determine what method works best for your department Pager Cell Phone Dispatch Tone-Out 2 Way Radio In order to help Chaplains must know when, where and how to respond and have authority to do so
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Why are the Chaplains working with MABAS?
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Provides a Network of Mutual Aid Illinois is divided into 62 mutual aid divisions. Divisions consist can consist of any number of departments who routinely or have the potential to operate together on a fairly regular basis. Each division is governed by the Chiefs of the participating agencies. –Established committees –Generally agreed upon operational policies
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc The MABAS Division Chaplain Committee 3 Positions Chaplain Coordinator Chief Liaison Training Officer –Policy Development includes »Duties and Training »Committee Guidelines »Task Force Response
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Over 30 MABAS Divisions have chaplains, but many are not organized enough to form a chaplain committee. In some cases there is only one or a few chaplains in a Division which makes creating training difficult. MABAS Division 12 holds Monthly Trainings for Chaplains at our Training Headquarters. 2 nd Thursday of every month 0900-1100 (No Dec Training) Carol Stream Fire Station #3 (lower level) 1045 West Lies Road Carols Stream, IL 60133
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc www.ilfirechaplains.org Provides automatic updates on available training and service opportunities for fire chaplains (if you sign up, which is free and easy to do) Sample policies, forms and ideas for program development Professional articles, training PowerPoints and supplementary reference materials for emergency and disaster response
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc Professional Organizations For Chaplains Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC) www.firechaplains.org Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains (ICFC) www.ilfirechaplains.org
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc IL MABAS Chaplain Program Leadership Team Fire Chief Curt Kramer Hampshire Fire Department Fire Chief Craig Haigh Hanover Park Fire Department Chaplain Jennie Swanson Hanover Park Fire Department Chaplain Darrell Coons Belleville Fire Department Chaplain Roberta Preston Octavia Fire Protection District Chaplain Lee Gatzke Sauk Village Fire Department