All first responders are advocates of someone who is suffering a trauma. It may be effecting their home, their neighborhoods, national security, support staff keeping our these heroes doing their daily job but who advocates for the first responder? There are people and organizations dedicated to helping first responders who have endured traumatic events, there are training organizations that train them on how to handle the crisis oriented situations they may face.
There are peer support leaders and mentors within the first responder community that help determine when someone might need help. The First Responder’s Coalition advocacy is specifically dedicated to these men and women and their families. We want to help these advocates with answers resources and training. We want them to be able to identify someone who might be struggling with alcohol or pills and know exactly where to turn. We want these peer support leaders to know how to help a family member find the support they need.
Who helps the helpers? Who fights for the fighters?
Can you imagine a law enforcement officer needing help for alcoholism but the only place to turn is someone they’ve written a ticket to or had to arrest. This is something that happens everyday. Alcoholism effects everyone. Which includes law enforcement, firefighters and correctional officers. There is a safe place to turn.
Our firefighters and soldiers are on duty days at a time, what if they have a dependence on an opiate to help with their pain? This happens. First responders put themselves on the front lines. How can we help? Pilots, doctors get addicted and so do first responders.
First Responders Coalition offers advocacy in the form of
- Getting the right help the first time.
- Getting help where there is an understanding of what kind of help is needed.
- Creating a community where help can be continued not only for the client but their loved ones as well.
- Creating local support in the community so that trust and safety that is experienced among first responders, when needing to find someone who understands.