Everything that happens immediately after a line-of-duty death affects the way the family, the department, and the community recover from the loss. Lack of resources and planning often adds to the confusion and pain that occurs. Through a collaborative effort with the Department of Justice, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation developed resources and training to help establish state and regional Local Assistance State Teams (LAST) to assist in the event of a line-of-duty death.
The primary objective of the LAST team is to provide assistance and comfort to the family and department after a line-of-duty death and to help with filing for Federal, state and local benefits.
For more information visit: http://www.firehero.org/resources/departments/last/
Click here to download the Before Tragedy Strikes document sent out by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The document was drafted in cooperation between the NFFF and the U.S. Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The BJA is who handles the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program in Washington D.C.