Planning For A LODD - Part 2

Thinking about psychological acuity when you hear those words "man down," how likely are you and your agency to remain neutral and calm, and able to make rational decisions?

The next article will cover activating a department plan, incident control and special assignments following a LODD.


Chief Dan Hermes joined the Pleasantview Fire Protection District in 1977. D rose through the ranks and became the District's Deputy Chief in 1990 and Chief in 1995. Dan has a MS degree in criminal social justice and is currently finishing a Public Administration Master's Degree at the University of Illinois. Besides serving on several state and local committees, Dan has been a member and Chairman of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Funeral Committee for 17 years, and develops programs and teaches nationally for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In 2001, Dan was selected as the Illinois Fire Chiefs first "Fire Chief of the Year." You can contact Dan at