Tri-State First Responder Peer Support Team

The purpose of this team is to aid an officer/ fire/emt during times of both professional and personal crisis through the use of specially-trained volunteer officers. A first responder may be more likely to seek help through one of their peers than someone outside of the uniform. The degree of support a volunteer peer provides can vary — even a simple pat on the back or taking an officer out to eat can be enough in some cases to keep them in the fight. When necessary, the trained volunteer can help their fellow first responder connect with the person they feel is most likely to help them — such as a chaplain or a counselor.

The program is not meant to be in competition with other avenues of treatment — instead, it should be viewed as complementary. It’s making that initial connection — even if it results in a referral — that’s a vital component of being a peer support volunteer. Peers stay connected with their fellow officers for as long as they both find it beneficial. 

This team is creating an environment built around prevention, intervention and breaking the negative stigma commonly associated with discussing personal mental health topics in the first responder community. This team is an essential stress management team focused on  maintaining health and wellness in first responders.

The primary role for peers as part of this team will be to be available if another first responder reaches out. The type of support provided can range from one meeting, several meetings, or assistance in accessing clinical treatment. Read more about First Responder Peer Teams

The Tri-State First Responder Peer Support Team information is housed on the Hamilton County Fire Chief's web-site.  Click here to be taken to that site and  all updated information.

When is it appropriate to contact a Peer?

Sometimes difficult situations arise with a spouse or significant other, a child, or aging parents. Sometimes it is a co-worker, a supervisor, subordinate, promotion or even retirement. Sometimes it is a on-going feeling of tiredness, feeling overwhelmed, not being present in daily life, and/or feeling isolated and alone.

  • Depression, Stress and Anxiety- First Responders may suffer from cumulative stress or have a stress reaction to a specific incident. Mental and physiologic changes may result.
  • Legal and Financial Problems- If unresolved, these problems can lead to tension and irritability in you personal and professional life.
  • Family Issues- Relationships can suffer as a result of first responder work.
  • Job Related Stress- A supervisor, a subordinate, a promotion or retirement all are times of stress. Bouncing ideas off a peer can help navigate the work environment.


Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM)

The secondary role of the trained first responder peer support team will be to reach out to first responders if a critical incident has happened.  

​Critical Incident Response Teams can be reached by calling the non-emergency number at Hamilton County Dispatch:(513) 825-2280 or (513) 825-2260.

Interested in joining this Peer Team? 

First Responder Peer Support Team members are current or retired public safety personnel or 911 communications operators. Training is held twice a year. If you are interested in joining this team, please complete this application and return it to Amy Foley. If you would like more information about the team, please email Amy Foley at: or cell: 513-607-9290.

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