Chaplaincy in the Service has been around for a very long time, the first on record began in 1854, in the London Fire Brigade. With the help of the London City Mission, the then Chief Officer James Braidwood, requested that a person be made available to look after the spiritual welfare of his fire-fighters. From that time, Chief Fire Officers have been keen to establish this kind of support within their Services. A Fire and Rescue Service Chaplain is an unpaid volunteer and is involved in many other ministerial and pastoral activities outside the service. At any time, the Chaplain may be called to respond to a particular request for service. No one needs to wait for the chaplain’s visit to the station or office. Any one, who would like to have a talk about something that is troubling them, can contact the Chaplain by phone and arrange to meet at a mutually convenient place.
Barbara Johnson Service Chaplain
From time to time we all need support through life events. Sometimes we can deal with matters on our own or with the support of friends and family. At other times we need more support or sometimes impartiality, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a person who will not judge us, but who can help to bring clarity to our minds. In Bedfordshire and Luton Fire & Rescue Service we have a number of initiatives in place to help when help is needed, and a significant resource to us is our Service Chaplain, Reverend Barbara Johnson. Barbara is there for us all, whether we follow a particular religious belief or not. She is there for the good times and she is there for the difficult times. If you haven’t met her yet, seek her out, and if you do know her, make sure she is made welcome when she visits. I would like to formally welcome the Chaplaincy and Barbara, our Service Chaplain into the Bedfordshire and Luton Fire & Rescue Service as a valued friend and a major asset.
Paul Fuller Chief Fire Officer.