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Orientation. 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

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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

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

Commitment to the Fire Service.

Always ready

All the time

  • 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

  • Dependable, faithful, spiritually driven

  • Not primarily a religious advisor – not faith specific

  • Chaplain communications are private and confidential

Really, though…What does a chaplain do?

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.

5 Points Of Service

  • Firefighters and Staff

  • Command

  • Families of Personnel

  • Victims of Emergencies and Disasters

  • Fellow Chaplains

Chaplain Duties

  • Visits stations and shifts

  • Responds to structure fires, deaths and critical incidents

  • Makes hospital and home visits

  • Prayerful support of needs

  • Performs weddings, blessings and funerals

  • Attends meetings, invocations, events

  • Participates in training

Chaplains are here for you…

when you feel like you’re REALLY STUCK

When you need to unload

Job Stress?

Problems At Home?

Cutbacks in the

Ambulance Departmenthave slowed response times.

Yes Dear.

Or when things just go wrong…

Chaplains Train To Provide An Effective Standard of Care For Those We Serve Together

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

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

Salvation ArmyEmergency Disaster Services

  • Preplanned resource

  • A Partner to MABAS chaplains

  • Offers CISM Training (ICISF) at a discounted rate through grant funding

  • Deploys Chaplains to Disaster Response

  • Provides Canteen and Rehab Services


In order to help

Chaplains must know

when, where and how

to respond

Determine what method works best for your department

  • Pager

  • Cell Phone

  • Dispatch Tone-Out

  • 2 Way Radio

Why do we work with MABAS?


  • Recruit, organize and train chaplains for effective service in departments and communities.

  • Establish MABAS Division Chaplain Committees

  • Establish policy for responding to large scale incidents

  • Create a effective standard of care on a local, state and national level

The Division Chaplain Committee

  • 3 Positions

    • Chaplain Coordinator

    • Chief Liaison

    • Training Officer

      • Policy Development includes

        • Duties and Training

        • Committee Guidelines

        • Task Force Response

Sounds like a good opportunity. How do we get started?

  • Go to your Fire Chief or MABAS.org and get a listing departments in your Division

  • Call each dept and ask for their Chaplain’s contact information

  • Invite all Chaplains and Chiefs together and discuss the program

  • Request help from the ICFC if needed

  • Work toward forming a Chaplain Committee within your MABAS Division

Professional Organizations For Chaplains

  • Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains (ICFC)

    • www.ilfirechaplains.org

  • Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC)

    • www.firechaplains.org

How do I become a MABAS Fire Chaplain?

  • Contact your local department Fire Chief and volunteer

  • Talk to other MABAS chaplains about this ministry

  • Contact the ICFC www.ilfirechaplains.org


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