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Both the NFFF and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers PSOB, have made special efforts to reach out to families and departments in their time of need. The NFFF enables departments to pre-plan for a tragedy by providing two powerful resources on its website, www.firehero.org: a line-of-duty death checklist and a summary of steps for filing a PSOB claim.
It still is critical that each department designates an individual to be well versed on the application procedures for both state and federal benefits. Just as we pre-plan for emergency responses of various types, we should also pre-plan for the possibility of a tragedy within our department.