A Volunteer Chaplain is called to assist the department. The Chaplain Corps consists of religious ministers from churches throughout the Salt Lake County area. The Chaplain Corps renders spiritual support and guidance to the community, as well as the members of the department, in times of need.

Volunteer Chaplains are available 24 hours a day and are assigned in rotation with other Chaplains. Chaplains may be called to assist in a variety of situations such as:

  • Notifying next of kin when department members are seriously injured or killed.
  • Notifying next of kin in serious injury or death cases handled by the department (including jail prisoners) or at the request of another agency.
  • Providing grief counseling.
  • Offering counseling for both active and retired department members.
  • Providing assistance at scenes of disasters and/or emergencies.

Volunteer Chaplains must be licensed or ordained clergy with ministerial standing in a church publication, or endorsed by a church officer of their denomination who is listed in a church publication. Applicants for the Chaplain Corps must submit to a background investigation and possess a valid Utah driver’s license.

Volunteer Chaplains must have a phone where they can be reached when they are on-call. Chaplains shall write reports of the incidents they respond to.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a chaplain, please contact 385.468.8400.