Support Framework for First Responder Family Members: A Proposed Model for Increasing Responder Effectiveness [open pdf - 475KB]
"This thesis focuses on the physical, mental and emotional support requirements for the family members of first responders engaged in emergency scene mitigation. The likelihood of a large-scale incident involving multiple emergency disciplines and a multi-day deployment has significantly increased. Effective, efficient and safe operations during these incidents could be greatly enhanced if responders' anxiety and apprehension is decreased. Emergency responders and their families are often ill prepared to deal with the myriad of issues that arise from local large scale incidents. Parameters of the proposed solutions for increased first responder family member support will be identified to include; updated listing of personnel contact information, sensitive financial documentation and defined processes that outline integration of the mega-community concept which leverages all community partners (business, churches, schools, non-governmental and non-profit organizations) into the enhanced first responder family member support system network. The development of a 'blue ocean strategy' will also be highly recommended as a method for optimizing and maintaining financial responsibility as family support plans are constructed and implemented. The ability to effectively develop and implement first responder family member support systems can enhance emergency scene mitigation. The utility of such programs also reflect a total health and wellness approach from the organization toward its members and their families."
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