The GFFF can offer help in two ways immediately following a LODD. First the foundation is available to dispatch, usually within 3-4 hours, members of the L.A.S.T. to respond and assist the department and the family with funeral arrangements and all of the events that surround a LODD.
The time period immediately following a LODD is trying and overwhelming to say the least. The impact on the department and its members is often underestimated, and most Chief Officers realize sometime during the process they need assistance. The L.A.S.T. is available to quietly assist the command staff with arrangements and funeral operations, allowing them to begin the healing process by spending the necessary time with not only the loved ones of the lost firefighter, but with members of their department.
Additionally, the Honor Guard resources available to the foundation are extensive and statewide. From a department that has a full honor guard to a department with no honor guard, the foundation is almost always able to fill the gaps and provide the necessary assistance.
NON LINE-OF-DUTY DEATH
The GFFF is not limited to assisting only departments who have suffered a LODD. The foundation is able to provide many services to those departments who have lost members, or past members, if the need arises. The foundations support most often comes in the form of Honor Guard assistance. The GFFF has much of the same honor guard services available to non-LODD funerals as they due LODD funerals.
The GFFF has some of the most experienced benefit advocates in the nation. The staff is available to work with the department from day one to assist in compiling the necessary documents to file both the State Indemnification and Federals PSOB benefits. Additionally, the foundation has many resources to assist with other benefits not designed specifically for LODD, such as Workman's Comp, NIOSH investigations, insurance policies and additional survivor benefits.The staff advocates has working relationships with all of the LODD benefit partners and are prepared to work in any capacity necessary, from advisor to the actual filing of the benefit applications. The advocates are here to provide accurate, honest answers, and they bring the resources and backing of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with them.
CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT
The GFFF has secured the resources of the Georgia Critical Incident Stress Foundation and looks to the member sof this non-profit 100% volunteer program to provide the services typically requested by a department after a LODD has occured. The working relationship between the GFFF and the GCISF is excellent and response personnel work hand in hand to assure departments and their personnel work closely to provide specialized services that specifically meet the needs of individual departments.
The CISM teams are generally designed specifically for departments and agency members, there are resources available to families as well. The NFFF has developed a wide array of programs to assist in the grieving process.
The NFFF programs and services include:
They can put you in touch with other fire service survivors who have had a similar loss, help you find grief support groups or counseling in your local area, can send you specialized brochures about grief and loss, can send you books about grief and loss through our lending library and they can help you find information and support for grieving children in your family.