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2019 HARRIS CONFERENCE

Spirituality and Pastoral Care for Post Traumatic Stress

May 7th & 8th
Betannia II Retreat Center
154 Summer St, Medway, MA

A fire chaplain since 1973, Father Dan was on the scene of the 2003 Station Nightclub fire in Warwick, R.I., where 100 people died. In an interview then with The Associated Press, he spoke of the emotional challenges firefighters face in such situations: “You have not only the exposure to the death, you have the feeling of having failed. We remind them over and over again that this was not a failed effort on their part.”

In Father Dan’s memory our annual conference will present Dean Bonura, MDiv, DMin, a retired Army Chaplain (Colonel) who will offer a day long program on Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress. Pre-Registration is required and an overnight option is available.

Annual Dues and Harris Conference Registration

To register for the Harris Conference please print registration form below and send via US mail with payment for conference and annual dues. You may also send registration or annual dues form only via US Mail or via email to Chaplain Eiduson at educator@cbnaishalom.org and pay on line by choosing the donate button below.

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CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE HARRIS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE ANNUAL DUES FORM

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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
Email: jtilbe@comcast.net
Website: www.massfirechaplains.com


On Line Resources

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

Firehouse.com Click Here