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Fire Chaplain Toolkit: Dealing with Difficult Deaths

Winter Fire School

Dr. Ed Hatcher


The Rev Dr Edgar Hatcher is a retired Air Force chaplain with 38 years of pastoral experience. He is an approved instructor for more than 15 different International Critical Incident Stress Foundation courses and holds all ICISF Certificates of Specialized Training. A lifetime member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, he also teaches courses in Psychological First Aid, Theodicy and Trauma, and Clergy Sexual Assault Response. Chaplain Ed Hatcher is the Associate Director of the Midwest Region of the Federation of Fire Chaplains and Secretary/Treasurer of the Missouri Fire Chaplain Corps. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Ed holds a Doctor of Education in Community Pastoral Counseling from Argosy University, specializing in trauma, EMDR, and play therapies. He serves as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Sullivan, Missouri, and is active in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s outreach to veterans and their families.


Floyd Ferguson


Fire Chaplain Floyd Ferguson is the Midwest Regional Director for the Federation of Fire Chaplains, and an instructor for the Federation of Fire Chaplains. He is a past President of the Missouri Fire Chaplains Corps and is now the Northern Missouri Region Representative on the Executive Committee. He is a career Captain with EMT license for the St. Joseph, Missouri, Fire Department and was part time dispatcher for the Andrew County Ambulance District until that job was outsourced to a different agency. Floyd has served as Pastor of Bolckow Christian Church, in Bolckow, Missouri since September of 2001 and has been a PRN Hospice Chaplain in the past.  Floyd has a Masters Degree in Family Development and Education, a BA Degree in Religion, an AA Degree in Pre-Social Work, and AAS Degree in Fire Science Technology. Floyd is a Fire Instructor II, and is an instructor at the local fire academy.

  • SAT PM
  • Start: 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • End: 5:30 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
The fire chaplain toolkit is different every year. This year’s toolkit focuses on dealing with difficult deaths, based on the curriculum developed by Chaplain Bill Lotz, director of the Federation Fire Chaplains Training Institute. Four different settings that complicate death notification; natural disasters and terrorism, homicides and suicides, infant/child deaths, and traumatic deaths (sudden unexpected deaths like MVAs), will be explored and their implications discussed.