Honor Guard / Chaplain Program

North Shore Professional Firefighters Honor Guard Local 1440

Organized in 2001, the North Shore Professional Firefighters Honor Guard consists of 25 Officers, Heavy Equipment Operators and Firefighters from the North Shore Fire Department. These individuals volunteer their time as well as invest in the Class A uniform to belong to the unit.

The Honor Guard trains regularly in presenting of US & State colors, military drill, ceremony as well as public safety promotion, retirement and funeral protocols and traditions.

The impetus for the formation if the unit was the passing of one of our own, North Shore Heavy Equipment Operator Ben DeStefanis on July 9, 2001. The Honor Guard performed a full fire service funeral. In 2004, the North Shore Fire Department lost two members, Firefighter John Harrington and Paid-on-Call Firefighter Kirby Vick. These events solidified the need and use for the organization. The Honor Guard took part in their funerals and will continue to be available for presentation of flags at memorial services and to post at funerals for current and former fire department members not only from the North Shore but the predecessor community's fire departments as well.

The Honor Guard is funded by the North Shore Firefighters Local 1440, donations and some fund raising efforts by its members. We are also a member organization the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin State Honor Guard.

The North Shore Firefighters Honor Guard is one of the largest Fire Department Honor Guards in Southeastern Wisconsin as well as being one of the most active. Our members regularly participate in events ranging from presenting colors for the opening of sporting events to posting guard at flag folding ceremonies and funeral services state wide. The Honor Guard has become recognized as a leader in the area and several of our members regularly teach and instruct not only at the monthly drills in and around the area but at region wide multi-day seminars. We have also assisted several other departments both fire service and law enforcement with the formation of their own Honor Guards.

To inquire about requesting Honor Guard services or event participation contact the North Shore Fire Department Administration at 414-357-0113 and your call will be directed to the Honor Guard unit commander.

For information regarding rules of the flag, visit: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

North Shore Fire Department Chaplain Program

The mission of the Chaplain Program is to provide spiritual and emotional support for the personnel and their families of the North Shore Fire Department, through a comprehensive Chaplaincy program; and to provide spiritual guidance during times of need for the residents of the North Shore.

Since joining NSFD, Pastor Robert Dick and Cantor David Barash have been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and have learned the skills necessary to effectively relate to and minister to the firefighters, their families and to the victims of fires and accidents.  Our newest chaplain, Deborah McGregor, joined the program in 2014 and will be familiarizing herself with the Department and its training.

On the scene duties include:

  • Provide appropriate victim assistance, freeing up operational personnel for other duties
  • Comfort and counsel
  • Make available the “After the Fire” manual to all victims of a working fire
  • Assist in helping to contact family members
  • Attempt to notify the victim’s minister or rabbi
  • Assist with ‘First Night is On Us’ arrangements
  • Assist in death notifications

Our Chaplains have spent hours riding along with firefighters, getting to know them, experiencing what a typical day is like, and seeing how they cope with the stress of their work.