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Local Assistance State Team (LAST) Project

LAST - Local Assistance State Team

Everything that happens immediately after a line-of-duty death affects the way the family, the department, and the community recover from the loss. Lack of resources and planning often adds to the confusion and pain that occurs. The Foundation thinks the best place for a department to turn for support is within its own state or region. Through a collaborative effort with the Department of Justice, we have developed resources and training to help establish state and regional Local Assistance State Teams (LAST) to assist in the event of a line-of-duty death.

The primary objective of the LAST team is to provide assistance and comfort to the family and department after a line-of-duty death and to help with filing for Federal, state and local benefits. Since October 2006, more than 250 fire service personnel and survivors across the country - in 48 states and the District of Columbia - have been trained to serve on the LAST teams in their state in the event of a line-of-duty death. Members of the wildland community and representatives of the International Association of Fire Chiefs have also participated in the training so they, too, are prepared to assist state teams when necessary.

In 2009 the Foundation will work to bolster existing state teams by holding several regional LAST trainings across the country using FEMA's 10 regions as a guideline. We encourage anyone who requires further information about an existing team to contact their state's designated representative, listed below. If you are from a state where a team does not exist, please contact John Proels at jproels@firehero.org for more information.

» Read More: About the Local Assistance State Team Program

To report a LODD please call toll free at 866-736-5868.

United States Massachusetts Maine New Mexico New Jersey Connecticut New Hampshire Hawaii Alaska Rhode Island Delaware District of Columbia Maryland Maryland Maryland Pennsylvania New York Vermont South Dakota North Dakota Ohio West Virginia Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Mississippi Alabama Tennessee Kentucky Illinois Indiana Michigan Wisonsin Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Washington Oregon Idaho Montana Montana Wyoming Nebraska Kansas Colorado Utah Nevada California Arizona Oklahoma Louisiana Georgia Florida Texas
Alabama

Alaska

Arizona
Chief Paul Bourgeois
Apache Junction Fire District
Work:480-982-4440
Cell:480-682-7763
E-mail:
paul.bourgeois@ajfire.org

Assistant Chief Pat Abel - Alternate CAST
Golder Ranch Fire District
Work:520-825-9001
Cell:520-954-4009
E-mail: pabel@golderranchfire.org

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

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut
Jim McLoughlin (Primary Contact)
Commander Emeritus, Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard
E-mail:
cthonorguard@comcast.net
860-930-3250

Chief Nick DeLia
City of Groton Fire Department
E-mail: pentabugel@aol.com
860-625-3106

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

Delaware

District of Columbia
State Team Information Pending
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

Florida

Georgia
Dennis Thayer
Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Inc.
Cell:678-787-2685
E-mail: dthayer@gafallenfirefighters.org.
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 404-320-1505 or 888-320-1505.

Hawaii
Assistant Chief Thomas Perkins
Honolulu Fire Department
E-mail:
tperkins@honolulu.gov
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 808-723-7104 or 800-662-0732.

Idaho

Illinois
Chief Joe Holomy
City of Effingham Fire Department
Cell: 217-821-9877
E-mail:
holomyj@ci.effingham.il.us
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 800-662-0732.

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas
Ron Ewing
E-mail:
setrustee@live.com
Phone:620-366-5399

Shane Pearson
Phone: 785-667-4005
E-mail: ksffa2ndvp@gmail.com OR shane.pearson@salina.org

Kentucky

Louisiana
Danny Adams
Assistant Chief, Baton Rouge Fire Department
E-mail:
danielja@cox.net
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 225-938-7427

Maine
Montana
Assistant Chief Kevin Strickler
Belgrade/Central Valley Fire
406-388-4480

Chaplain Les Anderson
Belgrade/Central Valley Fire
406-388-4480

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire
Mark Klose, Captain, NH CAST
Bedford, NH Fire Department
E-mail:
Kowboy1668@yahoo.com
mklose@ci.bedford.nh.us Personal Cell 603-396-0270
Work Phone: 603-396-0185

Robert (Bob) Welch, Firefighter, Asst. Team Leader
E-mail: kiltedff@comcast.net
Manchester, NH Fire Department
Work: 603-669-2256
Personal Cell: 603-582-0633

New Jersey
Michael Hall
Chief (Ret.), Collingswood Fire Department
E-mail: chief1601@hotmail.com
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

New Mexico

New York
Charles Morse
NYS - OFPC
Phone: 518-380-0540
E-mail:
cmorse@dhses.ny.gov

Nicholas Perrotta
Fire Protection Specialist
E-mail: nperrotta@dhses.ny.gov

NYS Department of State Website: www.dos.state.ny.us

North Carolina
Mike Edwards
Derrick Clouston
North Carolina Department of Insurance/Office of the State Fire Marshal
Phone: 919-661-5880 or 1-800-634-7854 (NC Only)

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania
Fire Commissioner Edward Mann
Office of the State Fire Commissioner
E-mail:
emann@state.pa.us
To report a line-of-duty death call the Pennsylvania State Emergency Operations Center (24 Hours) at 1-800-424-7362.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee
Executive Director Paul Trumpore
Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains
E-mail:
PNTrumpore@aol.com
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:
fnffm@yahoo.com
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

Utah

Vermont

Virginia
Division Chief (Ret.) Steve Poff
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue
E-mail: firescene@mindspring.com
Home:540-989-7143

Washington
Chaplain Pat Ellis
Kent Fire Department RFA
E-mail:
pellis@kentfirerfa.org
Cell: 253-740-8555
Work: 253-856-5826
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

West Virginia

Wisconsin
Chief Steve Schreiber
Black River Falls Fire Department
E-mail
chiefschreiber@brffire.org
Office: 715-284-2656 x4
Work Cell: 715-896-2202
Home: 715-284-9003
Personal Cell: 715-896-0277
For immediate assistance or to report a line-of-duty death call 866-736-5868.

Wyoming
Randy Vickers
Laramie Fire Department (Ret.)
E-mail: rjvick@aol.com
Cell: 307-760-5946

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