LAST Local Assistance State Team

last_logoThe primary objective of the LAST team is to provide assistance and comfort to the family and department after a line-of-duty death and to help with filing for Federal, state and local benefits. Since October 2006, more than 250 fire service personnel and survivors across the country – in 48 states and the District of Columbia – have been trained to serve on the LAST teams in their state in the event of a line-of-duty death.

Examples of service:

  • Department of Justice-Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (DOJ-PSOB) expertise
  • Honor Guard and Ceremonial support
  • Chaplain services for department members
  • A fire service survivor to work with the family
  • A behavioral specialist to work with the department members and the family
  • Information and access to various Federal, State and local benefits that may be available to the family
  • Other information and resources to assist the family and department

What the Team will do:

  • Respond only when requested
  • Be on the ground within 6 hours with the team components that are requested
  • Ensure the family and the department are the priority at all times
  • Ask first before taking any action
  • Maintain transparency and work behind the scenes
  • Provide timely and accurate information
  • Practice personal and team integrity
  • Ensure quality over expediency
  • Show empathy at all times
  • Always think in terms of honor, dignity and respect

The contact person for South Carolina L.A.S.T. is Ashley Boltin

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