Found Help for Chaplaincy
I am an ordained pastor with a fulltime church.
I volunteered with the Belleville, IL Fire Department on Sept. 16, 2001 as I participated in a community prayer service and met up with our Chief. After agreeing to be the first Belleville Chaplain, I went online and found the Federation of Fire Chaplains and joined. Later I also joined the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains to avail myself of their excellent training. I now have nearly 150 hours of training including CISM Group and CISM Peer/Individual. I've also become certified through the Association of Trauma Service Specialists and have joined the Southwest Illinois CISM Team.
I spend time whenever possible with our firefighters, including riding my motorcycle with them in an annual 9/11 remembrance ride. I have purchased my own scanner and respond whenever I hear a call for a structure fire or an auto accident with injuries. The department issued me turnout gear and I've purchased Class A's and several department shirts/sweatshirts, etc. I find it helps to let the firefighters know you really do want to be a part of their team.
I'd be happy to talk to anyone about the Federation of Fire Chaplains, etc. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.