Champion Responders - Fire Chaplaincy Services

Champion Responders - Fire Chaplaincy Services Empowering emergency responders with mental, spiritual, and emotional tools that equip them for a lif
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I second Paul's sentiment and miss my friend Chief Bobby Halton. Prior to assuming the mantle at Fire Engineering  and F...
01/12/2023

I second Paul's sentiment and miss my friend Chief Bobby Halton. Prior to assuming the mantle at Fire Engineering and FDIC, he was my Fire Chief at the Coppell Fire Department and I was honored to serve as his Chaplain. We spent many hours discussing his love and passion for the fire service, his spiritual journey and the role of faith in Resiliency and dealing with trauma. We prayed together often. He and my later Chief, Kevin Richardson, were instrumental in mu being able to share this message and training, not only at FDIC but to departments throughout the country. He introduced me to Chief Dan DeGryse and Father Jimmy and their effort firefighters dealing with trauma and su***de. As all who knew him, he was VERY old school when it came to traditions of the fire service and yet very progressive when it came to firefighting tactics and safety. He was a learner until the day he died and challenged those around him to thinking and rethinking our craft. The fire service is better because of his contributions. He championed the role of Fire Chaplains and the critical role of spirituality in mental health and dealing with trauma.
I miss you friend and brother.
May you rest in peace.

Chief, I sincerely hope you are walking and conversing with the legendary stoics and fire service icons. Art by Paul Combs.

Powerful true story about overcoming difficulties in the life of an emergency responder and the role of faith in finding...
08/15/2022

Powerful true story about overcoming difficulties in the life of an emergency responder and the role of faith in finding victory and peace.
This makes me even more aware of the power of the work that God has called me to helping emergency responders throughout ministry, Champion Responders. It is such an honor to get to work with fellow firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers, supporting them and helping them to face these challenges and find victory and peace.
www.championresponders.com

Facing the threat of losing his job as a police officer, the loss of his wife and daughter, and contemplating su***de, a man turns to faith and finds hope and redemption.

08/15/2022
06/07/2019

Resilience thought for today.
Have a blessed day.

01/20/2019

Thank you again to all who are supporting this critical work with your prayers and finances. Getting ready to teach a Fire Chaplains certification in Alabama, then on to Pennsylvania, Maine and Illinois to teach the "In For the Long Haul" (Bunker Gear for the Mind) training on mental resilience to emergency responders. You can also keep up with more details on my personal FB page... Steve Calvert.

11/09/2018

Firefighter training on mental resilience and post traumatic stress is at a critical point.
Many fire departments are just now getting on board with the need for resiliency training. The rates of alcohol abuse, divorce and su***de among firefighters and first responders is alarming.
This training is being presented all over the country and at FDIC for three years with tremendous success.
If you are a member of a department needing this training, please contact me. Slots are filling fast.
Please pass this on to any other departments or firefighters who might find this helpful.

10/28/2018

Incredible group of Fire Chaplains from cities surrounding Coppell. Ready to serve.

09/22/2016

"It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us." Jackie Mutcheson. Join us in making a difference on September 22 - !

09/22/2016

Donations go further on North Texas Giving Day because of matching bonuses thought the day. If you're planning to donate tiday, please consider Champion Responders, benefitting first responders.

North Texas Giving Day is the nation’s largest community-wide online giving event, raising more than $119 million for the North Texas community since 2009. Give to your favorite nonprofits on Sept. 22 from 6am to Midnight.

09/22/2016

Who's inspiring you to give this ? If it's a first responder, click the blue DONATE button above to support your local heroes' mental health today.

09/10/2016
What to Say to Your Firefighter When He's Had a Bad Call - Firefighter Wife

This will give you a glimpse into not only the firefighters' world, but the spouses'.

For some more readingNavigating the Fire Wife CommunityFive-Day Fill Up {Day 2}Filling Up the Love Tank Before ShiftThe following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Lori Mercer - WifeOnFireOwner at FirefighterWife.com Firefighter Wife on a mission to save fire marriages, nurture and encou...

08/21/2016
Support Champion Responders by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Want to painlessly help us help firefighters? Do you shop at Amazon? You can do both at the same time! Just login in to shop through AmazonSmile. Choose Champion Responders as your designated nonprofit (only have to do this once), and start shopping as usual! They'll make a small donation to us with every dollar you spend. Please share this post on your page to help us even more!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Champion Responders. Support us every time you shop.

07/20/2016
Mental Resilience

If you are a firefighter, please share this post with every firefighter friend on Facebook. Every firefighter/medic, every department needs this training on mental resilience ("Bunker Gear for the Mind"). It has been presented every year for the past 4 years at FDIC and in many departments around the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and the country. We are NOT immune to the cumulative effects of continued exposure to secondary/vicarious trauma. Chief Bobby Halton of Fire Engineering/FDIC says every firefighter needs this training.
Please, help me bring this training to as many firefighters and departments as possible.
Check out our website at: www.championresponders.com or
Facebook Hugs4Heroes
Message me if you are interested in bringing this training to your department.

In For the Long Haul is a training on mental resilience for firefighters and emergency workers....Bunker Gear for the Mind.

07/18/2016
Hugs4Heroes

We've launched our campaign and would love it if you'd join us in the challenge benefitting emergency responders in these turbulent times.

Raise awareness of emergency responder su***de and provide behavioral health empowerment.

06/03/2016

We attended the North Texas Giving Day kickoff meeting yesterday. Now we're looking for a team of advocates to help us create an awesome campaign and get the word out. Are you in? Reply here and we'll contact you with details.

05/17/2016
What People are Saying - Champion Responders

What others are saying about the "In For the Long Haul" training on mental resilience for emergency responders ("Bunker Gear for the Mind"). Contact me if you're interested in bringing this critical training to your department or organization.

Bobby Halton (Ret) Fire Chief, Coppell, Albuquerque Editor-in-Chief, Fire Engineering and Fire Rescue Magazines Director, Fire Directors Instructors Conference (FDIC)

04/15/2016
Education

CALLING ALL CHAPLAINS, or those interested in becoming Fire Department Chaplains. Please join us April 28-29 in Abilene, TX for our training conference. Enjoy an incredible time of fellowship and training. See link below for more info.

Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains

03/23/2016
How walking in the woods benefits your health

Reduce cortisol levels, psychological stress, blood pressure, depressive symptoms, and hostility. For free.

Studies have shown specific ways in which spending time hiking around in a forest makes us both mentally and physically more healthy.

12/06/2015

We want to thank all our Champion Responder backers for helping us raise $1900 on ! We are so grateful for all the effort you put into getting our cause out there. Please remember that December is a risky month for first responders. Keep them in your prayers!

11/25/2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thank you for all of the prayers and support

11/10/2015
Opening Up About Behavioral Health | Firefighter Nation

Great article from good friend and brother, Jeremy Hurd. Please read and pass it on.

Jeremy Hurd aims to provide a beginning point for firefighters to begin making a change in how their department helps its members avoid triggers that bring on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and treat those who are suffering from those associated effects.

11/03/2015
Recognizing Su***de Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs

Recognizing Su***de Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs

Recognizing Su***de Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs Recognizing Su***de Warning Signs in Firefighters and EMTs Behavioral Health is a key component of an overall firefighter health and wellness program. Unfortunately, it is a difficult subject to discuss – many…

11/01/2015
Post-Traumatic Stress in Firefighters

Post Traumatic Stress is our world. Thank you to all who support the In for the Long Haul training on mental resilience (Bunker Gear for the Mind).
www.championresponders.com

High levels of stress as well as burnout and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in firefighters is exceedingly common in fireho

08/03/2015
Su***de: A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Su***de: A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance Su***de is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the Uni...

08/03/2015
Help for Depression and Post Traumatic Stress

Great article by Peggy Sweeny...

by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance “It is an established fact that stress and traumatic events influence a person’s susceptibility to heart attacks, strokes, and other medical problems. I strong...

06/30/2015

Really looking forward to working with the Saginaw FD over the next 3 days.

05/12/2015
"In for the Long Haul": Introduction to Mental Resilience - FDIC

Still receiving incredible feedback from this years training at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference. Thank you to all who attended and have weighed in. A number of departments are scheduling this training for their teams. If you know of any departments or organizations that might be interested in bringing this training in-house, please let me know.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:30 PM-5:15 PM “In for the Long Haul” (bunker gear for the mind) is training that addresses not only the safety aspects of mental resilience but also actions we can take to build awareness and safeguards against distractions that can show themselves negatively on the fire l…

04/29/2015
Houston firefighters open up about stress of the job

All of our firefighters are also paramedics. They often see more horror in one shift than most people see in a lifetime. Please pray for them and their families as they sacrificially serve our communities.

They're known for saving lives, but there's another side of the business that is rarely discussed

04/24/2015

The "In For the Long Haul" training on mental resilience went GREAT today at FDIC. It is SO encouraging to see so many willing to look at the emotional/spiritual aspects of constant exposure to trauma. God bless.

04/17/2015

Putting the final touches on the 2 day certification training for new Fire Department Chaplains that starts tomorrow. It is such an honor to work with the Federation of Fire Chaplains and the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains. Please be in prayer for these soldiers who will be doing God's work in Fire Departments throughout the state.

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Powerful true story about overcoming difficulties in the life of an emergency responder and the role of faith in finding victory and peace.
This makes me even more aware of the power of the work that God has called me to helping emergency responders throughout ministry, Champion Responders. It is such an honor to get to work with fellow firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers, supporting them and helping them to face these challenges and find victory and peace.
www.championresponders.com
Resilience thought for today.
Have a blessed day.