The mission of the Tri-State Peer Support Team is to effectively recognize and respond to another first-responder or family member who is experiencing emotional or physical symptoms from exposure to acute or chronic high-stress incidents. The Tri-State First Responder Peer Support Team will respond by listening, referring, and supporting those in need. We believe every department can develop peer support no matter what the size of the department.
The purpose of the Peer Support Program is to prevent or lessen the potential negative impact of stress upon first responders by providing emotional support, information, and assistance. The program will provide mental and emotional support through one-on-one discussion, education, family support, immediate support, and post-incident follow-up. The Tri-State Peer Support Team will consist of individuals within the Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) who have been specifically trained in stress management, crisis intervention, and communication techniques. The Peers work in conjunction with designated mental health professionals and rarely stray from the peer-to-peer framework. This is meant to be used in conjunction with critical incident stress management programs.
Our vision is to have a peer support person or team in every department in our region.
The Authority of the Tri-State First Responder Peer Support shall lie with the Hamilton County Fire Chiefs’ Association (HCFCA). HCFCA desires to willingly partner with other authorities having jurisdiction and responsibilities, including, but not limited to Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Dispatch personnel.
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