Being a Chaplain in a small town is very difficult.I say town, really I cover the whole county, 12 districts in all. Can anyone share some experiences of being the first Chaplain ever in a department? After 3 years I feel that most of the departments are warming up to the idea of having a Chaplain. But its my own call whether or not I respond. I have told various districts that if you don't hear me call in route and you feel I am needed on the scene, call me or have the dispatcher to call me. I am learning from experience and the training that I recieve through Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains.

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Comment by Glen Garland on January 23, 2009 at 10:44pm
Ted, I'm chief of a small town dept w/ our own chaplin. He does serve as the chaplin for the PD as well. It probably helped in that he was a member of our dept for many years prior to becoming our chaplin although he was a pastor during this time. It has taken time for our members but I know some of them have sought his counsel after some calls. It might not seem like your making a difference but I'm sure there are times when your presence might be enough. FF's are a tough group to break into but once you get there you'll never leave. Keep the faith. It not a missionary field where you'll see instant results. I often seek the counsel and prayer support of our chaplin esp. when dealing with personnel issues.

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