Second Edition of the NVFC’s Funeral Procedures Guide Now Available

Wednesday September 22nd, 2010

Firefighting is a dangerous profession. Approximately 100 firefighters die in the line of duty each year in the United States. Given the heroic efforts of fire service personnel, it is only fitting that they get the final respect they deserve. Fire Corps members can play a significant role in helping their department through the complexities of honoring a firefighter with a fire service funeral. A new guide released by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) seeks to help departments and Fire Corps teams should the unthinkable happen.

Many volunteer fire departments do not have funeral procedures in place due to time restrictions, limited resources, and a hope that the worst will never happen. When a death occurs, departments are often unprepared to navigate the complexities of a fire service funeral. The NVFC has released the second edition of its Funeral Procedures for Firefighters guide to assist in navigating this emotional and complex process.

Fire Corps teams and other non-operational support units can be a great asset during a time of loss. Fire department funerals can be complicated, stressful, and time-consuming. Fire Corps members can assist by helping with the planning and implementing of the funeral service. Departments can integrate citizen volunteers into funeral procedure planning before tragedy strikes to help ensure they have the proper personnel in place to deal with the death of a department member.

To access Funeral Procedures for Firefighters, visit


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