"Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it."
Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors (ERTC) provides specialized counseling for emergency services personnel and their family members, related to their work and home life and the variety of stressors in which affect them. Including but not limited to PTSD, anxiety, addiction, depression and grief.
ERTC also provides peer support team member training as well as training to clinical advisors and supervisors of peer support teams. ERTC also consults and facilitates confidential critical incident stress debriefings as necessary and requested by other departments.
ERTC is involved in changing the lives of professional and volunteer First Responders involved in Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS, by building empathetic and honest Peer Support relationships within the First Response agencies we serve. ERTC also believes in, "Contribution to Community Outreach", by creating our "Regional Peer Support Team", model by which specifically taught, active as well as retired, First Responders, are trained and available to respond to First Responders and agencies in crisis. Our goal for 2018 is to have quarterly peer support trainings which would include all our Northern Colorado Emergency Services Departments. Thus creating large network of Peer Support trained individuals with the Emergency Services background.
This video shows how and why it is so important to have a network of people that are available, experienced, trained and trustworthy in therapeutic peer support. Suicide in the Fire Service is reported sparingly, due to the stigma attached to it. According to Jeff Dill, from Behavioral Health Alliance, when “symptoms occur, they need a support system in place that is readily accessible from someone who is qualified and truly understands his or her circumstances”.