Why Your Fd Needs A Chaplain???
Prior to 9/11/01, many chief officers and politicians might have "begrudingly" utilized a clergy chaplain in their department. Following WTC, the Pentagon and related events of 9-11-01, the value of a clergy chaplain to a FD, PD or EMS agency is clearly seen. The ability of a fire department to offer a chaplain for victims and family members in order to provide comfort, pastoral care, and just "being there" during the times of crisis are what separates the mediocre fire departments from the best.
Plus, having the department's "pastor" to give pastoral care and comfort to injured or troubled firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel through CISD (when certified) and through genuine loving concern for their brothers and sisters in the department, is worth more than precious jewels. Having a full-time clergy chaplain in your department tells your members that you really care about them as people and as firefighters!
Chief, I know that deep down you really care about your members and the citizens that you are sworn to protect and serve. Don't be unwilling to spend some of your FD budget money to provide for a tool that will help your rank and file more than the shiny new engine or the latest technological innovation.
If your department doesn't have a chaplain, talk with the "powers that be" and get a ordained clergy chaplain who your people can call "our chaplain"!
If you already have a chaplain, then take the time to tell him/her how much you really appreciate them, and show them you care through funding/salary and other tangible ways!!!
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May God keep you and your people safe when in harm's way!
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