Program aimed at helping fire department officers deal with tragedy

The Walworth County Firefighters Association will host a program designed to assist enior fire service officers in being better prepared for the death of one of their firefighters in the line of duty.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has been told by fire chiefs who have experienced the death of a firefighter in the line of duty that they need assistance in knowing how to handle these tragedies. As a result, the foundation requested and received U.S. Department of Justice funding to develop and deliver a program to assist fire departments.

The Walworth County Firefighters Association will sponsor this program on May 26  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taking Care of Our Own® will cover pre-incident planning, survivor notification, family and coworker support, and benefits and resources available to the families. Fire officers who have attended the program say it helped them understand what they need to do and provided the resources to create or enhance plans and policies.

The daylong course will be held at the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center at W3985 County Road NN, Elkhorn.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Training Officer David Yakowenko at or 262-237-1700 or complete the registration form (available here) and return it with a check by May 3  to the Walworth County Firefighter’s Association, P.O . 863 Genoa City, WI. 53128


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