The CFFF has tremendous resources and support available for fire departments and families.  The information below and the  Fire Service LODD- Response Team – Death Notification and Survivor Support document (which can be accessed by clicking on the name) both have lots of ideas and links to resources.


Fire Department Resources for a Line of Duty Death (LODD)

Compiled by Chaplain Ken Rice

For significant help and advice contact the first resource below (LAST).  You can also call the second resource (NFFF), or have a CFFRT team member do that for you.  The Colorado team will keep the NFFF and the third resource below (CFFF) in the loop.

Local Assistance State Team (LAST)
Aka: Colorado Fallen Firefighters Response Team (CFFRT)
Through the NFFF the Department of Justice has established a team in every state to support the nation’s fire service survivors and fire departments that experience a LODD.  Each state team consists of trained specialists available to help departments take care of a LODD and apply for state and federal benefits.  There are roughly 20 things that need to be done within the first 24 hours following a LODD.  The team will only respond if requested.  The team does not come to take charge, only to assist as requested.  The team’s goal is to be on the ground within six hours and to be prepared to stay for a few days as needed. PO Box 261178, Lakewood, CO 80215-1178

Call: 303-502-4131, 970-418-0724, or 800-736-4868.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: (301) 447-1365

LODD Hotline (24 hours) 1-866-736-5868
: (301) 447-164

Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF)
P. O. Box 470097
Aurora, CO 80047-0097
Phone: 720-989-2527 (Voicemail only)

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
to arrange for firefighter stress help 410-313-2473, Fax 240-644-6203 or call Ken Rice, 24/7, at 970-262-9212 or cell 970-418-0724


The Secret List

To be alerted about LODDs (almost anywhere) and receive fire safety news and information, join the Secret List at the following website:

The COLORADO Daily Dispatch (Missouri Valley Division of the IAFC)
Subscribe at the following website for daily state and national fire news:

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531

Submit benefit application forms online at:
PSOB Claim form for death benefits: www.
Benefits can be found at:
Phone 888-744-6531, 202-307-0635, Fax 202-616-0314 

United States Fire Administration – USFA

16825 S. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: (301) 447-1272 or (301) 447-6771

The USFA provides an autopsy protocol at
The Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) regulations do not require that an autopsy be performed, however, the overwhelming majority of those for which claims were denied involved cases where no autopsy was performed.

The USFA Publications Center can be reached at 800-561-3356.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS-FEMA) and the National Fire Academy (NFA) share the USFA website and are housed together at the above address and phone number.


Lighthouse Uniform Company

“Any Firefighter, killed in the line of duty, will be provided, for burial purpose, at the request of the immediate family, a Class ‘A’ Dress Uniform. There is no charge for the uniform, rank striping or Maltese Crosses. The only cost involved is for freight, which we will bill to the affiliated department.”

1532 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 800-426-5225, 206-282-5600  

Dignity Memorial Public Servants Program (Free/Reduced Funeral Services)

Recognizing the courage and selflessness of those who serve the public, Dignity Memorial network providers created the Public Servants Program for emergency service personnel.  This program offers dignified and honorable tributes, at no cost, for career and volunteer law enforcement officers and firefighters who fall in the line of duty.  In addition to providing burial services, the program offers extended counseling services to family members who experience this unsettling change in their lives, as well as the opportunity to create an Internet tribute to memorialize their fallen hero.  Call 1-800-344-6489 for assistance.

Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA)
5290 DTC Parkway, Suite 100
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
Phone: (303) 770-3772 (FPPA) In the Denver Metro area
Or toll free nationwide 1(800) 332-3772 (FPPA)
Fax (303) 771-7622

For questions about general benefits, email

For questions about the Statewide Death and Disability process


Wildland Firefighter Foundation (For wildland LODDs)

2049 Airport Way
Boise, ID 83705-5104
Phone: (208) 336-2996
Fax: (208) 336-2995


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program

4676 Columbia Pkwy
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Phone: (800) 356-4674
Fax: (513) 841-4488


International Association of Firefighters – IAFF
(Recommended protocol for LODDs)

1750 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 737-8484
Fax: (202) 737-8418

International Association of Fire Chiefs – IAFC

For LODD downloads, look under Health & Safety at:

4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: (703) 273-0911
Fax: (703) 273-9363

National Volunteer Fire Council – NVFC
1050 17th Street NW, Suite 490
Washington, DC 20036
202.887.5291 (fax)

Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International

P.O. Box 901
Ft. Collins, CO. 80522-0901
(970) 416-9076 (Fax) 


Office of Public Affairs – Room N3647
200 Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: (202) 693-1999


Federation of Fire Chaplains
Route 1, Box 155B
Clifton, Texas 76634
(254) 622-8514


National Honor Guard Commanders Association 

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

1 Batterymarch Park
PO Box 9101
Quincy, MA 02269
Phone: (617) 770-3000
Fax: (617) 770-0700

National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)
Phone: (888) 382-3827

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms – ATF
Phone: (800) 788-7133 

Workers Compensation Board
Phone: (800) 394-2767 

Veterans Affairs Office
Phone: (800) 827-1000

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Underwriters Laboratories

American Petroleum Institute

Supporting Literature:

Firefighter Autopsy Protocol, United States Fire Administration, 1991 Available online at:

USFA Publications Center
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727 1-800-561-3356

Chaplain’s Manual: Fire Department Funerals, Federation of Fire Chaplains, 1994
Download from:–final.pdf

Federation of Fire Chaplains
Route 1, Box 155B, Clifton, Texas 76634
(254) 622-8514

Funeral Procedures for Firefighters, National Volunteer Fire Council, 1991

Contact: NVFC at
1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 490
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-5700/1-888-ASK-NVFC/FAX: (202) 887-5291


IAFF Recommended Protocol for Line-of-Duty Deaths
(NOTE: The IAFF will provide this protocol at the request of the IAFF District Vice President or local IAFF affiliates.)
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 737-8484 / FAX: (202) 737-8418


A Procedural Guide in the Event of Death in the Line of Duty of a Member of the Volunteer Fire Service, National Volunteer Fire Council, 1987
Contact: NVFC at

1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 490
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-5700 / 1-888-275-6832 / FAX: (202) 887-5291


Final Farewell to a Fallen Firefighter: A Basic Fire Department Funeral Protocol. Fire Engineering Magazine, 1993
Fire Engineering Magazine
Park 80 West, Plaza Two, 7th Floor
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
(201) 845-0800 / FAX: (201) 845-6275


For Those Who Gave So Much: Planning, Preparation, and Officiation of Funerals and Memorial Services for Public Safety Officers. Dwaine Booth, 1993.

Booth/Taylor Publishing
2579 Surrey Drive
Clearwater, FL 34615
727) 789-3816


An Honorable Farewell, Warren L. James, Fire Chief Magazine, October 1998.
Fire Chief Magazine
35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601-2198
(312) 726-7277 / FAX: (312) 726-0241


Guide for Investigation of a Line of Duty Death, International Association of Fire Chiefs, available online at:

International Association of Fire Chiefs
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033-2868


NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Programs and Reports

Firefighter Fatality Investigation Program

Contact: NIOSH at
1-800-356-4674 or 1-800-356-4674

Firefighter Fatality Reports
A list of and links to all the periodic NIOSH reports on firefighter fatalities are available at

The Aftermath of Firefighter Fatality Incidents: Preparing for the Worst.
United States Fire Administration, Technical Report Series, Report 089.

Contact: United States Fire Administration at
USFA Publications Center
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727


A Guide to Help the Fire Service Prepare for a Line of Duty Death.
Paul J. Antonellis, Jr., 1995.
FPS Books and Videos
577 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749
1-800-522-8528 or (978) 562-3554


Standard Operating Procedures for Line-of-Duty Deaths
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has copies of Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines developed by fire departments across the country.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD  21727
301-447-1365 / Fax: 301-447-1645


NFFF Grief Brochures:

NFFF Lending Library:

Other Grief Resources: