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The NJ State Fire Chiefs Association
in partnership with the
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Presents: Taking Care Of Our Own


Saturday, February 18 at 8 am - 4 pm
Somerset Emergency Services Training Center
402 Roycefield Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xR7t5s2DiZvqkCoN9

Any questions contact Tony Correia at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you and your department prepared when death or a serious injury strikes one of your firefighting family?

A fire department does not know when it will have a line-of-duty death, serious injury, or
the sudden loss of a valued member. Does your department have a plan in place with these
stressful and challenging events? Are you ready to deal with the emotional toll it will take
on your members? Are personnel records current? Does the department know how to
make timely and proper notifications to the survivors? Fire chiefs and survivors tell us
that most fire departments are not prepared for a line-of-duty death or unexpected loss of
a firefighter. Taking Care of Our Own® provides senior fire officers with specific
information and valuable insights, as well as guidelines for developing a plan for these
types of events.

The course will be led by survivor firefighters and family members who have “been
there”, to provide you with their valuable insight on what went well and how we can best
prepare for those events. The course also includes valuable insights from a behavioral
health specialist who gives guidance on the mental health resources that should be made
available when dealing with a line-of-duty death (LODD) or unexpected death or serious
injury of one of your firefighters and what elements should be included when developing a
LODD policy.

Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) - How to file for PSOB benefits for LODD survivors
will also be discussed

Target Audience: This course is designed for officers or those in leadership positions, of
career or volunteer fire departments; chief officers; County Fire Coordinators, and senior
officers in a leadership position of local, county, state & federal government, honor guard
commanders, chaplains, and officials of national, state & local fire organizations; And
others who may be part of this planning process.



“The Mission and purpose of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association is :
To provide visionary leadership for chief fire officers and fire departments in New Jersey.
To provide support and resources to chief officers through education, exchange of ideas, and
knowledge in:
● Fire Prevention
● Fire operations
● Fire Administration
● Firefighter health, wellness, and safety
a. Advocate before, as well as partner with governmental bodies on matters impacting the work,
and health of New Jersey chief fire officers, firefighters, and the public.
b. Promote professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, pride, and leadership among and
New Jersey fire associations, chief fire officers, and fire departments.
c. Support New Jersey fire officers and fire departments in their efforts to build and strengthen
relationships with the communities they serve.
d. Promote professional development for the leaders of NJ Fire & Emergency Services.
e. To advocate on behalf of the NJ Fire and Emergency Services
f. The discussion and dissemination of methods of Prevention and Suppression of fires.
g. To give attention to such other matters as the Fire Service shall, from time to time, bring
before it
for discussion and possible action.
h. The promotion of social and fraternal fellowship.”

Recent News


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