Care For Our First Responders

It’s a tough job, but someone has got to do it. I’m talking about first responders. This includes police, firefighters, EMTs, etc. These folks are the first to show up at the scene where there involves injury or potential injury. When they arrive at the scene there is often chaos, not to mention injured and possibly dying people. Not only are they required to try to stabilize the situation, they have to manage the injured, the witnesses, possible perpetrators, and gawkers, but they are also tasked with saving lives at the same time.

Try to imagine a typical scenario – an EMT arrives at a house where a 911 call was made, saying that there was a serious injury that required immediate attention. EMT’s arrive to find people walking about the house, people yelling and crying, possibly others yelling at each other, sometimes in a different language. Where do you go from there? Is anyone of these people dangerous? Who knows what happened to the injured person? Police have arrived and are trying to keep the situation under control, so the EMT’s can attend to the injured.

The pressure to be able to provide adequate and accurate help is immense, and time is running out. There may be victims who are breathing their last, others who are in intense pain. How do you block that out? It’s not easy. It’s a touch job, but one that can be truly fulfilling. On the other hand, some first responders fall victim themselves to the pressure. Many eventually take their own life.

We want to start an awareness campaign to let communities know what it’s like to be a first responder, and how you can help your local first responders, whether volunteer firefighters, police force or EMT’s. We encourage you to organize events in your community to recognize and reward your first responders as the heroes they are. You can raise money for gifts to your local professional sports team, or for your women first responders, gift certificates to a local spa. The possibilities are endless. Just be sure to thank those who put it all on the line to save others. At the very least, when you meet one, simple show him/her your gratitude and thankfulness for what they do. It’s an important job, and someone has to do it. They do it for you!