What Do I Do After A Line-of-Duty Death?

On behalf of the California Fire Foundation (CFF), we offer our sincere condolences for your loss. When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, it is a jarring experience for their colleagues and the families they leave behind. The Foundation understands the complex emotions and stressors that follow such a tragedy.

The following resources (also available as a PDF), provided by CFF at no cost to the recipient, are intended to support California’s fire departments, local firefighter organizations and surviving families in the immediate aftermath of a LODD.

Here are a few things you can do …


  • Download LODD Initial Check List
  • Request LODD Notifications
  • Submit Benevolent Fund Claim


  • Engage Cal-LAST Team
  • View Funeral Guide
  • Order Funeral Programs
  • Request Pipes & Drums


  • Submit California & National Memorial Wall Applications
  • Review Family Resource Guide & Submit Benefit Claims
  • Order Firefighter Specialty License Plate


LODD Initial Check List: Compiled by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, this check list helps determine what needs to be done immediately, before and during the funeral, and longer term.

Request LODD Notification via our email, website and social channels

  • Please include a photo and bio of your fallen firefighter that we can share, as well as Memorial Service details, if/once available. Submit Your Request Here
  • An email will be sent to California Professional Firefighters’ (CPF) 30,000+ members, with a similar notification posted across our social media channels and website.

California Firefighters Benevolent Fund

  • Submit a claim for immediate support. Benefit Levels | Application (email your completed application to benevolent@cpf.org)
  • Upon a LODD determination, CFF provides a financial benefit — up to $5,000 — directly to the fallen firefighter’s designated beneficiary.


LODD Memorial Service Resources

Engage Cal-LAST Team

  • Providing rapid-response support for fire departments and local firefighter associations, offering Level 1 Traumatic or Presumptive LODD assistance — everything from planning a memorial service to family grief counseling, and more. Contact us to request additional information.

LODD Funeral GuideA compilation of policy, procedures and suggestions to follow to help you through this trying time. Download here.

Order Funeral Programs

Pipes & Drums of the California Professional Firefighters

  • The Foundation is proud to offer the Pipes & Drums to perform at your fallen firefighter’s LODD Memorial Service. Submit your request here or call 800.890.3213.


  • California Firefighters Memorial (Capitol Park, Sacramento) For surviving spouses whose loved one’s name is being added to the wall and plans to attends the Memorial Ceremony, the Foundation provides funding for their travel/lodging.

What you need to do:

  • National Fallen Firefighters Memorial (Emmitsburg, MD) — Required documentation for deaths in the previous year must be received by January 31st in order to be considered for inclusion in the current year’s ceremony.

Family Resource Guide: The Foundation produces a comprehensive guide detailing federal, state and local benefits that surviving families and occupationally injured firefighters are entitled to after a presumptive or traumatic LODD or LODI.

    • This resource guide outlines benefits ranging from workers’ compensation and health care to death benefits and higher education assistance, including, but not limited to information on the Foundation’s Daniel A. Terry Scholarship for children of fallen firefighters and free tuition for surviving children and spouses at UC, CSU and the state’s Community Colleges.
    • Download the guide here or we are happy to mail you a hard copy upon request.

Firefighter Specialty License Plate: Surviving family members of deceased firefighters are now able to purchase California firefighter license plates.

    • Eligible survivors include: current spouse, domestic partner, adopted child, stepchild, or recognized natural child.
    • The California Foundation pays first-year fees associated with purchase of a sequential license plate for the spouses of firefighters who died in the line of duty.  Order Your Plate Online