Line-of-Duty Death Reporting
MFFMA is concerned about proper reporting of Line-of-Duty Deaths (LODD).
We offer the following information on-line as a guide to assist with this
process. We will work to keep the information current but things can change
without our knowledge. Please use this as a guideline and not gospel.
Most of this information comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office
of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Public
Safety Officers' Benefits Program and the National
Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
How to report a LODD from NFFF
If you have lost a firefighter in the line-of-duty, here are a few steps
that the department needs to take to help both the family and the department.
- Immediately contact the Minnesota State Duty Officer and the
Department of Justice's Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program
at (888) 744-6513. When you report a firefighter death, have all critical
information available on the firefighter, department, and next-of-kin
PSOB offers financial assistance to survivors of public safety officers
who die in the line of duty from a traumatic injury. There are many procedures
that need to be followed so survivors can receive benefits to which they
are entitled. Call PSOB even if you are not sure whether your firefighter's
family will qualify for benefits under this program. This initial phone
call will begin the process of determining the survivors' eligibility
- Based on suggestions from chiefs who have lost firefighters in the line
of duty, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has created a checklist
of what needs to be done immediately, before the funeral, and afterwards.
Other line-of-duty death information, including autopsy guidelines, is
accessible through thier web site. They can also provide suggestions about
how to support the family and coworkers during this difficult time. If
you would like to speak directly with another chief who has also lost
a firefighter in the line of duty, please contact the NFFF via e-mail
or at (301) 447-1365.
- Find out what benefits exist for survivors of fallen firefighters in
your state. Benefits may include lump-sum death payments, workers' compensation,
funeral benefits, pensions and retirement programs, scholarships, and
non-profit/private support. A comprehensive Resource Guide of line-of-duty
death materials for fire departments is available from the Foundation
free of charge. This 50-page guide is intended for pre-incident planning,
but it contains information on family and fire department support, and
resources that may be helpful to you at this time. Send an e-mail
request for this guide, or call (301) 447-1365 to request a copy. The
Foundation also sponsors the annual National
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Fallen firefighters who meet
the criteria for inclusion will be honored at the National Memorial Service
during the calendar year following the death.