On behalf of the California Fire Foundation (CFF), we offer our sincere condolences for your loss. When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, it is a jarring experience for their colleagues and the families they leave behind. The Foundation understands the complex emotions and stressors that follow such a tragedy.
The following resources (also available as a PDF), provided by CFF at no cost to the recipient, are intended to support California’s fire departments, local firefighter organizations and surviving families in the immediate aftermath of a LODD.
Here are a few things you can do …
- Download LODD Initial Check List
- Request LODD Notifications
- Submit Benevolent Fund Claim
- Engage Cal-LAST Team
- View Funeral Guide
- Order Funeral Programs
- Request Pipes & Drums
- Submit California & National Memorial Wall Applications
- Review Family Resource Guide & Submit Benefit Claims
- Order Firefighter Specialty License Plate
Request LODD Notification via our email, website and social channels
- Please include a photo and bio of your fallen firefighter that we can share, as well as Memorial Service details, if/once available. Submit Your Request Here
- An email will be sent to California Professional Firefighters’ (CPF) 30,000+ members, with a similar notification posted across our social media channels and website.
- Submit a claim for immediate support. Benefit Levels | Application (email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Upon a LODD determination, CFF provides a financial benefit — up to $5,000 — directly to the fallen firefighter’s designated beneficiary.
… IN THE COMING DAYS
LODD Memorial Service Resources
Engage Cal-LAST Team
- Providing rapid-response support for fire departments and local firefighter associations, offering Level 1 Traumatic or Presumptive LODD assistance — everything from planning a memorial service to family grief counseling, and more. Contact us to request additional information.
LODD Funeral Guide – A compilation of policy, procedures and suggestions to follow to help you through this trying time. Download here.
Order Funeral Programs
- The California Fire Foundation would be honored to cover the cost of funeral programs for your fallen firefighter’s upcoming Memorial Service. Submit your request here and we’ll put you in touch with Firefighters Print & Design to arrange.
- The Foundation is proud to offer the Pipes & Drums to perform at your fallen firefighter’s LODD Memorial Service. Submit your request here or call 800.890.3213.
… IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
- California Firefighters Memorial (Capitol Park, Sacramento) — For surviving spouses whose loved one’s name is being added to the wall and plans to attends the Memorial Ceremony, the Foundation provides funding for their travel/lodging.
What you need to do:
- Gather Required LODD Documentation – A letter from the Fire Chief (view/download template letter) stating the death was job-related or proof of workers’ compensation (or other documentation) showing that the death was occupationally-related.
- Complete and Submit Wall Application – Download Application | Submit Completed Application and Documentation
- National Fallen Firefighters Memorial (Emmitsburg, MD) — Required documentation for deaths in the previous year must be received by January 31st in order to be considered for inclusion in the current year’s ceremony.
Family Resource Guide: The Foundation produces a comprehensive guide detailing federal, state and local benefits that surviving families and occupationally injured firefighters are entitled to after a presumptive or traumatic LODD or LODI.
- This resource guide outlines benefits ranging from workers’ compensation and health care to death benefits and higher education assistance, including, but not limited to information on the Foundation’s Daniel A. Terry Scholarship for children of fallen firefighters and free tuition for surviving children and spouses at UC, CSU and the state’s Community Colleges.
- Download the guide here or we are happy to mail you a hard copy upon request.
Firefighter Specialty License Plate: Surviving family members of deceased firefighters are now able to purchase California firefighter license plates.
- Eligible survivors include: current spouse, domestic partner, adopted child, stepchild, or recognized natural child.
- The California Foundation pays first-year fees associated with purchase of a sequential license plate for the spouses of firefighters who died in the line of duty. Order Your Plate Online