Sample LODD PolicyAre you taking care of your own?
If your department does not have a formal, written policy for dealing with the death of a department member either through a Line of Duty Death (LODD) or one that occurs off duty, you may not be able to effectively take care of family and department members who need it most during this extremely stressful time.
Assembling a policy is not as difficult as you may think. A model policy has been developed through a collaborative effort by the Washington Fire Chiefs (WFC), Washington Fire Commissioners (WFCA), Washington State Council of Firefighters (IAFF), Washington Firefighters Association (WSFFA), and the National Fallen Firefighters Association through the Taking Care of our Own and LAST Project.
The model policy’s purpose is to provide a model guideline for Washington State Fire Department/Fire Districts and EMS Agencies to follow in the event of a death or serious injury in the line of duty. This guideline describes the activities, roles, and responsibilities for conducting notifications, assisting and supporting family members, interacting with the news media, and provides a funeral protocol. The procedures outlined are to serve as a guide from the actual incident through the memorial/funeral. In this way, Agencies in the State of Washington can be uniformed in their procedures in rendering the appropriate honors for a fallen member.*
Using the model policy as a template, it can be modified to fit the needs of your department. It describes in detail the types of services, steps for notification, and honor guard protocol. However, It is recognized that the varying sizes and configurations of agencies precludes the guideline from being a one size fits all solution, and will need to reflect local policy. Additionally, this is a voluntary guideline, and agencies may choose to use some, none, or all of this guideline at their sole discretion. This guideline is not copyrighted and may be freely copied and amended.*
For further information contact Chaplain Pat Ellis at the Kent Fire Department RFA, (253) 856-5826, email is
*quotes from the introduction to the Model Washington State Fire Service Line of Duty Death Guidelines
Resources:LODD Model Policy
This model guideline is a collaborative effort of the following:Washington Fire Chiefs
Washington Fire Commissioners
Washington State Council of Firefighters (IAFF)
Washington Firefighters Association
National Fallen Firefighters Association through the Taking Care of our Own and LAST Team Programs