WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—West Lafayette Fire Department getting a chaplain. West Lafayette Board of Works approved the measure Tuesday morning, it is an unpaid position.
Mayor John Dennis said it's the first time a chaplain has been hired for the department. The city has one for the police department.
Pastor Greiner is now the departments chaplain. He has been with Faith Church in West Lafayette for eight years and is a certified counselor.
Dennis said his position will provide counseling for firefighters who are dealing with extreme stress due to the job. He said this addition has been a long time coming.
"A lot of times they encounter situations and circumstances that they have absolutely no control over," said Dennis. "You know they are generally the first unit to respond to some of these critical incidents that might involve a young child, might involve a senior citizen."
Pastor Greiner is also working on his Ph.D in Biblical Counseling.