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The death of those we consider innocent is hard to reconcile. When there are multiple deaths involving children, it affects all of our society. The more media coverage involved, the more impact the call often has. Other than family members and close friends, first responders are often those affected the most by such incidents. The terrible tragedy that took place at Stoneman Douglas High School was the type of event that overwhelms resources and those who respond. Our brothers and sisters in the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department and other surrounding Departments responded to the scene and performed as professionals in the face of the horrific scene. Their actions saved countless lives. . . and then they were left to deal with the emotions that came from the images and experiences of the day.

Our collaborative team is incredibly honored to be the recipient of important funding needed to assist with our mental wellness initiatives as well as our overall goals as an organization.

One of our anchor initiatives these funds will assist is Redline Rescue. The Collaborative Mental Wellness team has created a comprehensive approach to assist in answering the PTSD mental wellness challenges for the fire service and beyond. “Beyond” because the system can be modified to embrace the similar challenges found in law enforcement, military and other first responders personnel.

Decision makers for Ten8 met with us in December of 2017 as they considered our approach in collaboration, prevention and education to be worthy of funding due to their company’s common goals to positively affect the health and longevity of our fire service personnel.

Coral Springs Fire Department hosted our last 2 day Clinician Awareness Training class. This Clinician Awareness Class was designed to give clinician's an understanding of Firefighter culture, lingo, lifestyle and details about what the job entails. This training included both classroom and live scenarios, including wearing turnout gear, watching a live burn training scenario performed by firefighters and visiting fire stations, as many of them have never been inside of one. They also got the opportunity to talk with Firefighters both at the stations and the training ground. The class was well received and all clinicians that attended left with a better appreciation for the role of firefighters and the special stress they are under.

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