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Mass. Corps of Fire Chaplains

Chaplains provide spiritual and personal counseling to firefighters and other department members. Some Chaplains work a set schedule but are usually available at any time, even weekends and holy days. A fire department may also loan its Chaplain to other emergency medical services providers or to the local police department. Chaplains usually do not take confession or offer last rites, but they can talk to fire department personnel about things that are bothering them. Also, chaplains can offer marriage counseling to fire department staff members and their spouses or fiances, grief counseling to the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and are trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. A fire department may ask its Chaplain to conduct funerals or memorial services, especially if the firefighter does not have a pastor. A Chaplain can also officiate at a wedding and some chaplains represent their fire departments at community events. They may serve on community boards, join local ministerial associations and speak at events and civic organizations. Chaplains create a bridge between the department and the community or communities it serves.

Fire Department Chief Officers who wish to receive information on the work of a Department Chaplain, request assistance in locating a Chaplain to serve their Department, would like to arrange for a presentation on the Ministry of a Fire Chaplain or Clergy currently serving as Chaplains, would like to serve or who desire information about joining the Corps should contact the Chief Chaplain at the address below:

The Rev. Jim Tilbe, Chief Chaplain
18 N Main Street  Raynham, MA  02767
Cell: 774-696-4587

On Line Resources

Pay Annual Dues, for Merchandise or Harris Conference Registration

Introduction to Fire Chaplaincy  Click Here 

Generic Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG’s) for Chaplains  Click Here

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Click Here

Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts Click Here

National Incident Management Systems Training Click Here

Critical Incident Stress Management Website Click Here

Federation of Fire Chaplains Click Here

Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Click Here

Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters Association Click Here

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Scanner Frequencies Click Here Click Here