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IC to IC Network

Supporting the Incident Commander after a Line-of-Duty Death

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) created the IC to IC Network to provide assistance to incident commanders who have experienced a line-of-duty death of a firefighter under their command. This is a peer network connecting incident commanders who recently experienced a line-of-duty death with a trained peer who previously lost a firefighter under their command.

Insights from Incident Commanders – Catalysts for Developing the IC to IC Network

IC to IC Network Quotes

Download the IC to IC Report

» Report: Supporting the Incident Commander After a Line-Of-Duty Death «

How It Works

  • Track 1: Immediately after learning about a line-of-duty death, the NFFF begins gathering information about the deceased, the incident, and the fire department as part of its congressionally mandated mission. Obtaining contact information for the incident commander has been added to the intake reporting system. The NFFF LAST member contacting the department will provide information about the IC to IC Network and ask the department liaison to:
    • Pass along information regarding the IC to IC Network program.
    • Ask the liaison if a trained peer can contact the affected IC directly.
  • Track 2: Any incident commander who has experienced a line of duty death and would like to talk to a trained peer from the IC to IC program can do so by completing the information request below or by calling 1-866-736-5868. A member of the NFFF team will be in touch within 24 hours to gather more information in order to match up an appropriate incident commander.
  • The NFFF will arrange for the incident commander to incident commander contact.
  • The affected incident commander will be matched with a peer using criteria such as department size and location, career or volunteer status, and the nature of the incident.

IC to IC Support

Peer incident commanders share information with the incident commander who experienced the line-of-duty death on issues including:

  • Incident follow up and investigations.
  • Providing support for the fallen firefighter’s family and co-workers.
  • Funeral and memorial service arrangements
  • Handling requests for information from media and community.
  • Coping with the short and long-term emotional impacts of the experience.

Immediate Support

The NFFF has resources to assist fire departments immediately in the aftermath of a line-of-duty death. The Local Assistance State Team (LAST) program can be contacted to assist with all aspects of supporting the department and the firefighter’s family, including filing for federal PSOB benefits. This support now includes information on the IC to IC Network.

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