Fire Service Resources

Local Assistance State Team

The Local Assistance State Team (LAST) Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The Foundation realized that to best assist families and departments who had lost a firefighter in the line of duty – they needed to have trained personnel on the ground and available to help when requested within six hours of death. This could only be accomplished by developing a team of trained responders in each state who could be deployed immediately upon notification of a line-of-duty death. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation began training personnel in these functions in October 2006 at the United States Fire Administration campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and has continued this training across the country wherever potential team members are available. Funds from the Department of Defense, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant make this vital program possible. No National Fallen Firefighters Foundation donation funds are used to perform any of the LAST functions.

These Local Assistance State Teams are made up of members who come from all areas of public safety, as well as survivors of line-of-duty deaths, and volunteers from all lines of work. They are all passionate about helping those who have suffered the loss of a family member or department member in the line of duty. Whenever possible, the team coordinator is a fire chief who has experienced a line of duty death and has in-depth knowledge of his state and its fire service activities. The coordinator will designate one or two backup positions to his position to ensure that there is someone available should there be a line of duty death in their state. There are many specialty members on each team such as a honor guard commander, chaplain, survivor, logistics specialist and benefit specialist just to mention a few. In large states, teams will try to duplicate these specialties in different areas of the state in order to shorten response times to all areas of the state. Team deployment can be as few as one member to a complete activation of the team depending on what assistance is requested by the department that has lost a member.

What LAST Can Do

When a line-of-duty death is reported to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the Coordinator of the Local Assistance State Team, in that state, is notified and they immediately make contact with the chief of the effected department or his/her designee and offer the assistance of the Local Assistance State Team. That assistance can include: 

While these teams may perform many important functions their primary responsibility, when requested, is to assist with the preparation and submission of the Public Safety Officers Benefit claim. The Local Assistance State Team will only assist after being requested and then will operate in a transparent manner behind the scenes to accomplish their tasks.

Find Your State Contact(s)

Alabama

24hr. Emergency Contact – (800) 392-5679

C. Reid Vaughan, Planning Officer
Alabama Fire College
Phone: (205) 499-6905
E-mail: [email protected]

John James, Regional Training Center Coordinator
Alabama Fire College
Phone: (256) 810-8795
E-mail: [email protected]

Alaska

Assistant Chief Steve Crouch
North Star Volunteer Fire Department
Phone: (907) 415-1650
E-mail: [email protected]

Arizona

Mike Thomas
Golder Ranch Fire District
Cell: (520) 306-0287
E-mail: [email protected]

Assistant Chief Pat Abel – Alternate CAST
Golder Ranch Fire District
Work: (520) 825-9001
Cell: (520) 954-4009
E-mail: [email protected]

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Arkansas

Larry Brewer
Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Phone: (501) 329-4199
Cell: (501) 328-7204 (cell service bad at home)
E-mail: [email protected]

Jackie Warren
Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Cell: (501) 744-2907
E-mail: [email protected]

California

Rick Martinez
California Fire Foundation
Office: (916) 921-9111
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.cafirefoundation.org

Joslyn Beile
California Fire Foundation
Office: (916) 921-9111
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.cafirefoundation.org

Colorado

Rachel Nelson
Phone: (720) 819-7223
E-mail: [email protected]

Bert Brooks
Phone: (303) 356-3742
E-mail: [email protected]

Connecticut

Hal Grout (Primary Contact)
Commander, Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (860) 214-1092

Matthew Braunshweiger
East Hartford Fire Department
Phone: (860) 539-0365
E-mail: [email protected]

Chief Nick DeLia
City of Groton Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (860) 625-3106

Jeff Morrissette
Connecticut Fire Academy
Phone: (860) 627-6363 x230 (24 Hours)

Delaware

Chaplain Charlie Arnold
Delaware State Chiefs
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (302) 542-9783

Dennis Carradin
Delaware Volunteer Fireman’s Association
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (302) 275-7825

District of Columbia

State Team Information Pending

For information on Local Assistance State Teams available near you please E-mail Ian Bennett.

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Florida

Doug Swartz
National Honor Guard Academy
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (727) 487-3973

Georgia

Dennis Thayer
Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Inc.
Cell: (678) 787-2635
E-mail: [email protected]

Hawaii

State Team Information Pending

For information on Local Assistance State Teams available near you please E-mail Ian Bennett.

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Idaho

Brad Van Ert
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (949) 547-2038

Illinois

Chief Joe Holomy (Retired)
Cell: (815) 405-2051
E-mail: [email protected]

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (800) 662-0732.

Indiana

Eric Johnson
Indiana Fire & Emergency Services Memorial Team
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: (502) 585-2282
Cell: (502) 643-2677
Home: (502) 365-1559

Iowa

Fire Chief/Inspector Roger Bissen
City of Harlan Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Work: (712) 755-5354
Cell: (712) 579-8548

Kansas

Tanner Burenheide
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (620) 412-3025

Ron Ewing
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (620) 366-5399

Kentucky

Jeremy Rogers
Kentucky Fire Commission
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (859) 608-7575

Kyle Smith
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (270) 853-6001

Louisiana

Dwayne Thevis
Louisiana State Firemen’s Association
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (337) 256-9093

Maine

Mike Robitaille, Chief
Yarmouth Fire-Rescue
E-mail: [email protected]
Station: (207) 846-2410
Cell: (207) 240-9410
Fax: (207) 846-2447

Nate Schools
Buxton Fire-Rescue
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (207) 572-2418

Maryland

Mike Fold
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (410) 598-3912

Division Chief Michael Pfaltzgraff
Anne Arundel County Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (443) 336-0067

Massachusetts

Deputy Chief Alan Manley
E-mail: [email protected]
Text and Cell: (508) 264-1686
Home: (508) 636-4000

Michigan

Steven Richardson, President
Michigan State Firemen’s Association
Mobile: (989) 590-2085
Office: (800) 445-3844
E-mail: [email protected]

Jim Rose, Past President
Michigan State Firemen’s Association
Office: (800) 445-3844
Mobile: (906) 282-1223
E-mail: [email protected]

Minnesota

Brian Petersen, Family Liaison Officer
Minnesota Fire Service Foundation
Cell: (507) 525-5887
E-mail: [email protected]

Crawford Wiestling, Everyone Goes Home® Advocate
Minnesota Fire Service Foundation
Cell: (612) 867-7993
E-mail: [email protected]

Mississippi

Allen Cunningham
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (901) 277-0957

Craig Woodard
Southaven Fire Department
Cell: (901) 581-0611
E-mail: [email protected] (Home) [email protected] (Work)

Missouri

Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Zinanni
Missouri Firefighter Funeral Assistance Team
1-888-4911HELP (Ask for Funeral Team)
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (314) 973-0685 or (324) 805-3207

Zach Jones
Salisbury Fire Department
Missouri Firefighter Funeral Assistance Team
1-888-4911HELP (Ask for Funeral Team)
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (660) 414-5835

Montana

Assistant Chief Kevin Strickler
Belgrade/Central Valley Fire
Phone: (406) 388-4480
E-mail: [email protected]

Nebraska

Karla Houfek
NE Serious Injury & Line of Duty Death Response Team
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (402) 499-1773

JR Christiansen
Phone: (402) 618-7000
E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.neresponseteam.org

Nevada

State Team Information Pending

For information on Local Assistance State Teams available near you please E-mail Ian Bennett.

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

New Hampshire

Chief Mark Klose, NH CAST
Rochester, NH Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
Personal Cell: (603) 396-0270
Work Phone: (603) 335-7545

Firefighter/EMT Thomas Green, Asst. Team Leader
Bedford, NH Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (603) 472-5188
Office: (603) 472-5188

New Jersey

Greg W. Collier, Battalion Fire Chief
L.A.S.T. Coordinator, New Jersey Local Assistance State Team
“Supporting New Jersey’s Fire Service Survivors”
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 642-3605
Cell: (609) 743-3630

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

New Mexico

Greg Perez
Bernalillo County Fire Department
Cell: (505) 977-4834
E-mail: [email protected]

Gary Chavez
Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue
Phone: (505) 480-5948
E-mail: [email protected]

New York

State of New York
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Office of Fire Prevention and Control
Fire Operations and Training Branch
www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc

Headquarters (518) 474-6746 (24 hour notification)

Brian Benstead
E-mail: [email protected]

Shawn Brimhall
E-mail: [email protected]

North Carolina

Mike Williams
Deral Raynor
North Carolina Department of Insurance/Office of the State Fire Marshal
Phone: (919) 647-0000 or 1 (800) 634-7854 (NC Only)

North Dakota

Brandon Exner
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (701) 351-5540

Curtis Freeman
Dickinson Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (701) 260-2294

Ohio

Jack Guyton
Scioto Twp Fire Department
Cell: (614) 332-2484
E-mail: [email protected]

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Oklahoma

Bryan Beall
Silver City Fire Department
Home: (918) 865-8384
Cell: (918) 688-1860
E-mail: [email protected]

Mike Mallory
Tulsa Fire Department
Cell: (918) 527-0262
E-mail: [email protected]

Oregon

Tom McGowan, Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Medford Fire Rescue
Office: (541) 774-2305
Cell: (541) 659-7397
HQ: (541) 774-2400
E-mail: [email protected]

Pennsylvania

Douglas Snyder
Eastern Area Field Supervisor
E-mail: [email protected]

Mark Wineland
Western Area Field Supervisor
E-mail: [email protected]

To report a line-of-duty death call the Pennsylvania State Emergency Operations Center (24 Hours) at 1 (800) 424-7362.

Rhode Island

Chief Robert Bradley
Rhode Island LAST
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (401) 406-1931

Chief Mike Gingell
Harrisville Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (401) 692-7267

Lt. Chris Koretski
Watch Hill Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (401) 258-4969

South Carolina

Ashley Boltin
South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (803) 960-7935
Work: (803) 454-1805
Home: (803) 732-6873

South Dakota

Casey Warren
Personal Cell: (605) 390-2619
Personal E-mail: [email protected]

Doug Hinkle
Chief Deputy Fire Marshal
Office: (605) 773-3417
Cell: (605) 280-5864
E-mail: [email protected]

Tennessee

Executive Director Paul Trumpore
Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains
E-mail: [email protected]

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Texas

Ms. Wendy Norris
Texas LODD Task Force
E-mail: [email protected]

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Utah

Brad Wilkes
Layton Fire Department
Utah State Fire Chiefs Association
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (801) 807-8822
Work: (801) 336-3940
Home: (801) 771-4332

Vermont

Robert Kilpeck
Brandon Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (802) 342-0369

Virginia

Division Chief Steve Poff (Retired) 
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue
E-mail: [email protected]
Home: (540) 989-7143

Steve Kopczynski
York County Department of Fire & Life Safety
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (757) 897-1881

Washington

Chaplain Pat Ellis
Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (206) 372-2663
Work: (253) 856-5826

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

West Virginia

Mark Stewart
West Virginia Assistant State Fire Marshal
Phone: (304) 488-4512
E-mail: [email protected]

Allan D. Casto
West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (304) 541-5127

Wisconsin

Chief Steve Schreiber (Retired)
Black River Falls Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (715) 896-0277

For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call (866) 736-5868.

Wyoming

Fire Chief Dan Johnson
Laramie Fire Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (307) 760-6129

Scott Kitchner
Sweetwater County Fire District #1
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (307) 389-5671