Everyday the men and women who serve as fire rescue personnel put their lives on the line for their communities. The work they do is full of unique challenges like dealing with extreme physical conditions and coping first hand with human tragedy. Often these challenges take a toll on their well-being and put incredible strain on their relationships. So what are you doing to help them out?
Imagine an individual committed to one task – supporting fire rescue personnel. From their work in the field to their lives at home, picture someone working to equip these first responders to be more successful on the job and in life.
That person is a fire chaplain – supporting fire rescue personnel before, during and after the call.
Before the call is when the chaplain invests in fire rescue personnel and their families. Although they spend a great deal of time training and preparing for all they encounter at work, little is invested in what they will encounter beyond the job. During the call is a critical time for both fire rescue personnel and the people they serve. The chaplain can be found on the frontline supporting first responders in the field. After the call is when the chaplain provides ongoing care and assistance to both fire rescue personnel and their victims. It’s not over once the fire is out, the scene is cleared and everyone is back at the station.
Chaplain Joe is available to assist your department with recruiting and training a chaplain to serve your agency. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-425-1643.