Rev. Paul J. Lambert (B TH/ M/TH)
Welcome to the Sevier County Fire Department Chaplain Corps Home Page. The Sevier County Fire Department serves an area of 450 square miles in the area of Sevierville, Tennessee. Member of the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains. The ministry is based on "Serving those who serve others and those in need"!
The chaplain of the Sevier County Fire Dept. is no stranger to the Chaplain Field. Rev. Paul J. Lambert was a Gulf War Veteran in the Chaplain Corps of the 81st Arcom in Atlanta, Ga. with the Army Reserves. He served in the Chaplain Corps there for 6 years. After returning from active duties in Kuwait, Lambert received a Bachelors of Theology Degree from Tabernacle Baptist Bible College in Greenville, SC. then moved on to receive a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Georgia Baptist College in College Park, Ga.
The Chaplain Corps of the Sevier County Fire Dept. is a member of the Tennessee Emergency Services Chaplains Association and the Tennessee Ferderation of Fire Chaplains. The Corps serves a wide area in East Tennessee and is called upon to provide an immediate response to the Emergency Service Personnel who are experiencing emotional trauma and are temporarily un-functionable. When contacted we assist in defusing the situation and providing healthy emotional and cognitive support that will assist the individual in returning to normal and reasonable functioning. If further resources are needed then we are networked with a number of entities to provide continued care. We are also linked with organizations such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other faith-based organizations for the purpose of making sure that each resource is utilized to its full potential with the appropriate communication and authorization. Also the Corps provides preemptive education and training within the Emergency Services Community that will assist in various Departments ability to cope with high-stress situations in the future. It has been proven that if individuals possess the right tools before the critical incident than they have a much higher chance of dealing with it in a healthy way with minimal long term effects, than if not. It is the objective of the Chaplain Corps to ensure that the Emergency Responders in our community enjoy a long, good and healthy career within their discipline.
Emergency Situations - The Chaplain will respond when contacted by dispatch or fire department personnel, or at his own discretion, and will report at the scene to the officer in charge. When at a scene, the Chaplain will be under the command authority of the officer in charge.
The Chaplain will respond as follows:
(A) To the scene when:
1. A working fire is in progress.
2. A critical incident is in progress.
3. A critical injury or death to a firefighter is reported.
4. The incident involves a victim that is a member of a department member*s family.
5. Whenever the incident commander determines that the services of the Chaplain may be of value in the ongoing emergency operation.
This may include situations where:
(a) The victim or family is highly emotional or unstable.
(b) Care is needed for the family of the victim while treatment is underway.
(c) The victim or the family requests the services of a chaplain or clergy.
(d) The incident commander feels the presence of the Chaplain would be of benefit to the victim or to department personnel.
(B) To the hospital when:
1. The incident commander or paramedic providing treatment determines that the victim or family may need support or counsel.
2. The victim*s family needs to be located and notified.
3. A member of the fire department is the victim.
In addition the chaplain also does some other duties:
-Counsel emergency service workers
-Counsel Family members of Emergency Service workers.
-Make Death Notifications.
-Teach Emergency Service workers in areas such as stress management, ethics, family life and victim response.
-Serve as part of a Critical Incident Management Team.
-Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community.
-Provide spiritual needs of department members and their families.
-Offers prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations and award ceremonies.
-Provide a listening ear.
-Coordinate and provide family services in the event of the serious injury or death of an emergency service worker.