When firefighters fall in the line of duty, it is a jarring experience to their colleagues and the families they leave behind. The California Fire Foundation understands the complex emotions following such a tragedy and is the primary resource to call on when it occurs.
Through the Foundation’s Survivor Benefits Guide, family members can learn about the most current state and federal benefits available to them. Additionally, Foundation staff is always standing by if questions should arise.
The impact of a line of duty death resonates far beyond the fallen’s immediate family, also taking an immense toll on the men and women of the department and local union in which they served.
As part of the California Fire Foundation’s mission to help those cope with the loss of friends and colleges, we have produced the Line-Of-Duty Death Funeral Guide. This guide will help fire departments and local firefighter unions through the funeral planning process in the immediate aftermath of a line-of-duty death.
We have also created the California Last Alarm Service Team (Cal-LAST). The Cal-LAST program provides comprehensive rapid-response support for fire departments and local firefighter unions in the immediate aftermath of a line-of-duty death. Upon request of a local authority, Cal-LAST offers Level 1 traumatic or presumptive line-of-duty death assistance with everything from planning a memorial to grief counseling for families.
In the grand tradition of honoring fallen colleagues, the Pipes and Drums of California Professional Firefighters was created to perform at memorial services honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Since its inception in 1999, the corps has grown from a few members to over 25 individuals. Each musician is a paid, career or retired firefighter, whose participation in the Pipe and Drum Band is entirely on a volunteer basis.