Ohio Line of Duty Death Response

National Fallen Firefighter

Mission Statement

To provide necessary assistance and support to families and fire departments of fallen firefighters as requested. The primary mission of the team is to provide assistance and comfort to the family and department and help with filing Department of Justice-Public Safety Officer's Benefits, state and local benefits. All other aspects of team functionality are secondary, but are made available because of the possible needs of the families and the fire service throughout Ohio during this difficult time.

To Honor With Dignity

Notification:  In the event of a Line of Duty Death and at the request of the agency sustaining the loss, the team would be deployed immediately. The team serves in a behind-the-scene capacity and offers suggestions based on what the departments needs are as well as the needs of the firefighter family.

To Activate The Response Team, call 1-866-736-5868. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmetsburg, Maryland will answer your call 24 hours a day. Just tell them you are requesting the Ohio Line-of-Duty Death Response Team for assistance. They will ask a few general questions and promptly contact our team members with your request.

If requested by the agency, the Response Team usually stays in place until the funeral services are completed. The duties of the team do not end there; they provide information to the department on an as needed basis to assist the family and department beyond the funeral services. The team will respond with the ability to secure resources that will support the family and department for a firefighter's funeral. Departments will not be burdened with acquiring these items; they will be assisted in providing them for the department's use.

Funeral Service Assistance:  A funeral service guide and protocols have been established to assist the family and department in choosing options to fit the services they desire. Our team utilizes the incident command system and has pre-determined duties assigned to the sector officers. Once again, our team members serve in a behind-the-scene capacity, leaving the members of the stricken department as the "front" people for the services.

Why Should I Call? Did you know that under some circumstances, heart attacks and strokes that occur within 24 hours of a strenuous duty related event might qualify for federal benefits? Currently this federal benefit is over $311,810.00. These are just some of the items we can provide to you. And all of our services are provided to you AT NO COST!