Fire Chief Curt KramerHampshire Fire Department Fire Chief Craig HaighHanover Park Fire Department Chaplain Jennie SwansonHanover Park Fire Department Chaplain Darrell CoonsBelleville Fire Department Chaplain Roberta PrestonOctavia Fire Protection District IL MABAS Chaplain Program Leadership Team
Provide Holistic Care Effectively serve the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs of those we serve and protect
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 to Serve Those in Need DUTY - SERVICE - COMMITTMENT
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
Role of MABAS & Influencing Organizations Local Jurisdiction Locally established or agreed upon policies are utilized. NFPA IFC Auto/Mutual Aid NVFC Policies established by the Division are utilized. ITTF MABAS Divisional Responses Interdivisional Responses Illinois Corp of Fire Chaplains Policies established by Corporate MABAS are utilized.
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
A Link in the Chain Incident Includes Internal Support and Assessment (Chaplain and Peer Support) Pre-incident Education and Training Intervention Plan Determination Add External Support CISM/EAP/Medical Services Follow up and Needs Assessment ContinueInternal Supports Problem Mitigated? Continue Internal Supports
Purpose 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 trained team *Northern Illinois CISM Team. Hanks, Timothy 1994
“Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.” Supports “Everyone Goes Home” Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #13
Chaplain Duties • Visits stations and shifts • Responds to structure fires, deaths and critical incidents • Makes hospital and home visits • Prayerful support • Performs weddings, blessings and funerals • Attends meetings, invocations, events • Participates in training
Chaplains are here … when you feel like you’re REALLY STUCK
Job Stress? Problems At Home? Cutbacks in the Ambulance Departmenthave slowed response times. Yes Dear.
Chaplains Train To Provide An Effective Standard of Care For Those We Serve TogetherExisting theological and pastoral training is NOT sufficient for this job.
New chaplains do not always have the skills needed for this job Interviews, orientation, comprehensive training and a probationary period should be required
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 • 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
Communications 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
Statistics/Accomplishments • 140 chaplains in 33 Divisions • MABAS committee structure in Divisions 2,5,11,12,13 (23 Structured) • National leader in chaplain program development • Extension to OEM and Homeland Security Chaplains • Partnerships with local police chaplains and social workers
The Division Chaplain Committee • 3 Positions • Chaplain Coordinator • Chief Liaison • Training Officer • Policy Development includes • Duties and Training • Committee Guidelines • Task Force Response
Local pastor/priest Deacon Clergy group/Stephen’s ministry Consider multi-faith needs Consider Chaplain Team 3 magic ingredients… RECRUITING A CHAPLAIN
Professional Organizations For Chaplains • Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC) • www.firechaplains.org • Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains (ICFC) • www.ilfirechaplains.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 • Begin training to learn and prepare for being called to this amazing ministry GOD BLESS YOU AND STAY SAFE!