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Rocking the 5 House!!

We always enjoy a lot of activity with our old refurbished firehouse that was once Station 5 of the North Charleston Fire Department.  Thanks to the generosity of Chief Greg Bulanow and the Mayor and Council of the City of North Charleston, it has been our home now for 6 years.  We are pleased to [...]

2019-07-21T00:07:55-04:00

Remembering a Brother………

This past week has been difficult. Losing one of our own has shaken us.  Phil Hawkins and I were friends for a very long time and his guidance was instrumental in the development of our Team since its’ inception on 2007. Because we were close friends for nearly fifty years and shared a love for [...]

2019-07-06T22:50:48-04:00

Our Team Partners with Healing Roots Behavioral Health Center to Offer Telehealth Services!

The Lowcountry Firefighter/EMS/911 Support Teams are presently working with Sherie Corbett, one of our Team clinicians, to provide Telehealth services to the emergency services personnel we serve. Sherie has been using Telehealth to connect with firefighters, EMS and 911 telecommunicators she is treating, and the results have been phenomenal. She is also expanding her clinical [...]

2019-07-04T13:47:22-04:00

“Step Up and Step Out”

Sadly, we lost another member of our emergency services family to suicide yesterday.  It is difficult to know what to say as we are frustrated. We need to be better at providing care and resources to others who are hurting.  The “what ifs” are setting in this morning, what if he would have reached out? [...]

2019-06-23T21:34:39-04:00

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Coley Loadholt

The funeral arrangements for Coleman Blease “Coley” Loadholt, Jr., an Engineer with the Jasper County Fire Service and a Captain with the Brunson Fire Department of the Hampton County Fire Service are as follows: Visitation will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Peeples Rhoden Funeral Home [...]

2019-06-22T22:14:52-04:00

The Passing of a Brother………………

Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of Coley Loadholt of the Hampton and Jasper County Fire Service.  Coley succumbed today at MUSC after suffering a devastating heart attack earlier this week while on duty at a firehouse in Jasper County. Today, we were in attendance while Coley was [...]

2019-06-21T23:20:02-04:00

Remembering the Charleston 9…..

This week, we will observe the twelfth anniversary of the loss of nine Charleston firefighters in the Sofa Super Store fire.  This tragedy led to much change in the Fire Service of our nation that has improved safety and wellness of our firefighters. Many changes have come about due to the sacrifice of these good [...]

2019-06-16T15:02:09-04:00

First Responder Support Group Meeting Set for June 13th!

    Our First Responder Support Group will meet on Thursday, June 13th, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team offices located at 6390 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. All firefighters, EMS personnel, LEOs, 911 Telecommunicators, and Chaplains, active or retired, are invited to attend. A light breakfast will be provided.

2019-06-09T23:01:41-04:00

Showing Love for our Friend…..

  Tonight, we are asking for all of you to join us in keeping our girl, Chastity Bigney, in your thoughts and prayers. Many of you know that she had difficulty last year with a cancer diagnosis but bravely underwent treatment to get a good outcome.  Unfortunately, she has experienced a recurrence and had surgery [...]

2019-06-04T21:34:06-04:00

June is PTSD Awareness Month

The month of June is PTSD Awareness Month. Every month should be.  We must all work together to create an environment to change the culture that asking for help shows weakness.  PTSD comes when we harbor unprocessed difficult events in our lives. Times where we experienced a mental trauma that could have been caused by [...]

2019-06-02T15:06:10-04:00

Training with Orangeburg County EMS!

Lee, Michelle, and I had an amazing experience with Orangeburg EMS this week while providing behavioral health training during their monthly in-service classes.  Special thanks to Director Danny Rivers for letting us present to his folks and to Training Officer Reese Welch for facilitating the class and inviting us to come.   We also appreciate the [...]

2019-05-16T22:20:25-04:00

6th Annual Golf Tournament a Great Success!

Last Friday was another amazing day for our Team as we gathered our friends and supporters at the Summerville Country Club’s Miler Golf Course for our 6th Annual Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team Golf Tournament. All funds raised as a result of this event will support our mission of taking care of our firefighters, EMS personnel, [...]

2019-05-14T22:28:19-04:00

On the Road Again!!

Last week was a whirlwind of activity! Five training classes delivered, BBQ and golf tournament fundraisers completed and over 100 personal contacts with first responders done. This week is shaping up to be another busy one as we delivered the final two classes in the series to the MPFD yesterday, hosted our bi-monthly Bible Study [...]

2019-05-14T22:20:10-04:00

Laura & Her Green Egg!!

Saturday, May 4th was a great day for our Team as we participated with others in the Cane Bay Community Cookout and BBQ Competition. This event, organized by our friends, Dan Caskie and Jared and Stacy Harris, was a fundraiser to support the work of our Team. Special thanks to them and to our own [...]

2019-05-06T23:59:01-04:00

Working with the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health

  Tonight, our Team hosted a meeting with members of the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health (cffbh.org) and several of our local clinicians who work with our first responders. This focus group was designed to gather input from our clinicians to develop a new module through the Center's helping-heroes.org website. This module will be made available to [...]

2019-05-06T23:54:05-04:00

Win a Big Green Egg!

Hey friends, do you believe in looking for a win-win? We’ve got one for you and I need your help-in the effort to raise some money for the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team. We are hosting an online raffle for a Big Green Egg package. Just $10 online gets you a chance to win this great [...]

2019-05-01T23:34:14-04:00

Special Award Winning Print by Susan Everitt is Available Now!

We congratulate our Team member and friend Susan Everitt for winning the “Best Still Life -Interior” (all mediums) at the North Charleston Arts Festival tonight.  Susan created this piece specifically for the our Team as a fundraising effort.  She enlisted the help of Captain Paul Bryant of the North Charleston Fire Department, and a professional [...]

2019-05-01T23:24:41-04:00

Congratulations to Our Own Michelle Brown!

Our Team succeeds because of many dedicated emergency services people who volunteer their time and talent to help others. We are particularly excited when one of them is recognized for their contributions to the community and their chosen profession. We are proud to congratulate our own Michelle Brown, our 911 Telecommunicator Support Team Coordinator, for [...]

2019-05-01T23:08:11-04:00

Savannah is Moving Forward!!

We proudly share the following announcement from our own Savannah Wall, the Administrative Assistant of our Team: "I have been offered and accepted the position as a mental health technician at Palmetto Behavioral Health Center!! I finally have my foot in the door to my field of study🙌🙌 This has definitely been a long time coming! [...]

2019-04-25T21:29:49-04:00

New Shipment of Challenge Coins Has Arrived!!

We have received a new shipment of our Team's Challenge Coins!  Get  yours now by clicking on this link: https://firefightersupport.org/product/ffst-challenge-coins/. We will ship them to you or deliver them locally. All money raised goes to support our Team!  

2019-04-25T21:27:45-04:00

On the Road Again!

If you follow us on Facebook or on the web at www.firefightersupport.org, you know we stay on the road providing services, trainings, and outreach to firefighters, EMS personnel, 911 telecommunicators, and their families over a wide area of twenty-three counties in the lower state region of our State. Many times, upon request, we travel outside of [...]

2019-04-20T18:28:50-04:00

2019 Emergency Services Behavioral Health Summit Coming Together!

We are excited as plans for our 2019 Emergency Services Behavioral Health Summit come together. The Summit, to be held at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant, on July 25th, 2019, will bring together a host of us involved in behavioral health services for firefighters, EMS, 911 telecommunicators, law enforcement officers, and their families. [...]

2019-04-19T22:45:56-04:00

Welcome to Our New Team Members!

We are pleased to share that today we completed our “Introduction to Peer Team Training” program with six new members of our Team. Pictured here are Richard McElhaney of the Ridgeland Fire Department, Instructor Lee Hopkins, our Pee Dee Region Coordinator, Wilbur Daley, of the Jasper County Fire Department, Retired, who joins us as a [...]

2019-04-18T21:28:20-04:00

The Steinberg Law Firm Comes Through Again!

Yesterday, we were honored to be presented with a $ 1,500.00 check from the Steinberg Law Firm in Goose Creek to support our "Operation Zzz" weighted blanket program. The Steinberg Firm has supported our emergency services personnel and their families since the beginning of this program and we are pleased to call them our partners. [...]

2019-04-17T22:10:44-04:00

“The Beach Boys” were in Town Today!

We were pleased to host the Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue Recruit Class today for training, a tour of the North Charleston Fire Museum, and a visit to the Charleston 9 Memorial Park. Good luck to all of you as you prepare for your new career in the MBFD. We always enjoy it when these recruit [...]

2019-04-12T21:45:09-04:00

A Training and Remembrance Day with our HCFR Friends…..

Today was another special day for us as we hosted 36 members of the Horry County Fire Rescue's Recruit Class with their training officers here in Charleston. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to spend time with their recruit classes at least twice a year for training in our classroom, a tour of the [...]

2019-04-11T22:04:55-04:00

Taking One for the Team!

We are blessed to have many unsung heroes on our Team that give of their time and talent to simply make life better for those we serve.   One of those, my MoJo, my girl, and my love, sews our weighted blankets in our “Operation Zzz” program that provides anxiety-reducing blankets to those emergency services men [...]

2019-04-10T23:46:04-04:00

Taking Care of Our Own!

Special times continued today as our  Lowcountry Team leader David Reindollar visited our Brother Engineer Darin Kingery, NCFD, Retired, to install a new wheelchair ramp to assist him in getting into his home in his wheelchair.  Just yesterday, Engineer Kingery provided a wheelchair to assist Cross Rural Fire Department member Raequon President.   I guess the [...]

2019-03-27T21:49:57-04:00

Brothers Helping a Brother!

Yesterday was a special time for our Team as we traveled to the Cross Rural Fire Department to deliver a surprise to a special fire department member. Raequon President is a nineteen-year-old who visited the fire station some time ago to tell Chief Clayton Cole he really wanted to be a member of the fire [...]

2019-03-27T21:48:29-04:00

Nox Comes to Visit!

Many of you know that we recently added therapy dogs as a resource for those  we serve.  Today, we joined Nox and Kelly, his owner and handler, to visit the Charleston Fire Department Recruits as they trained in vehicle extrication.  Nox, dutifully, took up a position to watch them work and patiently waited for them [...]

2019-03-21T16:36:44-04:00

New Challenge Coins Now Available!

  Our Team Challenge Coins are now available for purchase.  These coins  feature the Lowcountry Firefighter/EMS/911 Support Team logos and our mantra of “Taking Care of Ours, While They Take Care of Yours” and also our South Carolina state’s seal and Palmetto Tree and Crescent. Add to your collection and support our Team! Click on [...]

2019-03-20T23:06:31-04:00

Charleston Fire Department Completes Peer Team Training

Last Thursday, we completed the initial training for the Charleston Fire Department Peer Team and we are pleased to have created a partnership between our Teams. This Team training was preceded, in the last quarter of 2018, with informational meetings with CFD members throughout all their stations on all three shifts. Our Lowcountry Team began [...]

2019-03-18T23:46:47-04:00

Reaching Out to our Barnwell County 911 Folks

Another exciting day for our Team as the Barnwell County 911 Center received their "Operation Zzz" blankets. Pictured here are our Team member, Andi Hogg, Barnwell County Chief Deputy Steve Griffith, and our Savannah River Region Coordinator, Andy Hogg, as they present the blankets to the ladies of the 911 Center. Many thanks to our [...]

2019-03-13T23:20:17-04:00

The Passing of a Brother……

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Chief Adam Snyder of the Atlantic Beach, North Carolina Fire Department.  Chief Snyder passed today after suffering injuries while on a skiing trip in Virginia with his family this past weekend. While we did not know him personally, he was a respected Fire Chief [...]

2019-03-11T22:28:44-04:00

Meet the MACKnificent Four!!

Our Team has four antique CF Mack fire trucks used in support of our mission. Sometimes, we have been asked, “Why does a counseling team have fire trucks?” This is certainly a legitimate question and one we are more than happy to explain. We long ago learned that the success of our mission would rest [...]

2019-03-10T16:30:22-04:00

On the Road in Williamsburg County!

On Monday and Wednesday of this past week, our Pee Dee Region Coordinator, Lee Hopkins and our 911 Telecommunicator Support Team Coordinator, Michelle Brown traveled to Kingstree to provide our Behavioral Health Awareness program, “Are You Really Taking Care of Yourself?” to 34 members of the Williamsburg County 911 Center, Williamsburg County EMS, the Williamsburg [...]

2019-03-10T16:00:33-04:00

Taking Care of Our 911 Partners!

In keeping our commitment to provide our “Operation Zzz” blankets for our 911 centers, we recently presented two of them to the Summerville 911 Center. These lap-size blankets have proven effective for our telecommunicators to place across their laps or drape around their shoulders to lessen anxiety when handling difficult calls. The Summerville 911 Center [...]

2019-03-10T15:58:12-04:00

A Trip Back in Time……………

In our mission of taking care of our brothers and sisters in our emergency services family, we often provide information and training to our firefighters, EMS personnel, and 911 telecommunicators to help them understand the need for behavioral health care and all that we offer. During that training, we use analogies often to illustrate our [...]

2019-03-08T22:13:58-04:00

“Surviving the Job” with Steve Gillespie

"Surviving the Job" with Steve Gillespie, FDNY Retired April 16th 2019, at 6:30 p.m., Nexton Elementary School in Summerville, SC.  All are welcome to attend!  Program hosted by the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team and the Pine Ridge Fire Department  Steve Gillespie’s career as a first responder, police officer, and a firefighter began in 1983 with [...]

2019-03-01T23:21:56-04:00

Fire Apparatus Muster to be Held at North Charleston Fire Museum!

The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in American (SPAAMFAA), the country's premier antique fire apparatus association, is having its winter national convention here in the Charleston thru Saturday, March 2nd. Several hundred members from across North America will be here to see and display both modern and vintage fire [...]

2019-02-27T22:39:45-04:00

Our Team Leader David Reindollar Honored as North Charleston Exchange Club’s Firefighter of the Year!

Our Team Leader, John David Reindollar, has been named the 2018 Firefighter of the Year from the North Charleston Exchange Club. David has served the North Charleston Fire Department with distinction for twenty-eight years and has risen through the ranks of the fire department where he presently serves as the Captain of the infamous Tower [...]

2019-02-23T18:43:05-04:00

William Streuber Joins Us at Team Chaplain

We are pleased to announce that Deputy Chief William Streuber, NCFD, Retired has joined our Team as a Chaplain to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Chaplain Doug Farmer. He joins Chaplain Herman Hampton here in Summerville and Chaplain Wilbur Daley in Ridgeland to provide spiritual guidance and support to our first responders [...]

2019-02-23T18:52:17-04:00

A Visit with our North Myrtle Beach Friends!

Today our Grand Strand Region Coordinator Michael Medeiros presented our "Operation Zzz" weighted blankets to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety's 911 Center. These lap-size blankets have proven to be effective for our 911 telecommunicators to place across their laps or drape around their shoulders to lessen anxiety when handling difficult calls. We [...]

2019-02-20T19:23:46-04:00

Chaplain Doug Farmer Retires………….

Doug Farmer, our Team’s Senior Team Chaplain, has announced his retirement.  It is difficult to express our gratitude to Doug in words as he has provided spiritual guidance to all of us for six years.  In addition to his Chaplain’s role, he has provided his talent to the development of many of our training programs [...]

2019-02-09T00:04:06-04:00

New Team Challenge Coins Available Soon!

We are excited to announce that our new challenge coins will be available in early March!  These coins will feature  our Firefighter Team logo on the front with all three of our Teams, Firefighter, EMS, and 911 Telecommunicator Support Teams logos on the back surrounded by our motto, "Taking Care of Ours, As They Take [...]

2019-02-05T23:01:38-04:00

Welcome to Our New Lower Coastal Regional Leadership!

It has been an exciting day for our Team as we are pleased to announce that Chief Bradley Bonds, of the Ridgeland Fire Department, has joined us as our new Lower Coastal Regional Coordinator responsible for overseeing our Team activities in Jasper, Beaufort, and Hampton Counties.  He will also be sharing the responsibility of taking [...]

2019-01-31T21:23:43-04:00

Thanks to The Point for Their Generosity!

  Tonight, we attended the official photo shoot with The Point Women’s Group to acknowledge their donation to our Team in the amount of $ 3,500.00.  We are honored to receive their support for the fourth consecutive year, and it is always a pleasure to get to see them all and to visit with the [...]

2019-01-29T20:49:53-04:00

On the Road with Lee Hopkins!

While out traveling around his region today, our Pee Dee Coordinator, Lee Hopkins, made stops to visit the Williamsburg County and Marion County 911 Centers. As a continuing part of our "Operation Zzz program", he delivered two of our weighted lap blankets to each of them. These blankets will be used by their telecommunicators when [...]

2019-01-15T17:50:01-04:00

Welcoming Cynthia W. Williams to Our Team!

Please join us in welcoming our newest clinician to join our Team to provide services for our emergency services personnel and their families.  Cynthia W. Williams, MA, LPC, NCC is in private practice in the West Ashley area of Charleston and brings many years of experience to our Team.   Cynthia has served adolescents, adults, singles, [...]

2019-01-10T21:20:57-04:00

“Surviving the Job” Program Set for February 22, 2019.

The Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, Inc. is proud to host the "Surviving the Job" program presented by Lt. Steve Gillespie, FDNY Retired.   This program will be held at the North Charleston City Hall Council Chambers located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, S.C. on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 [...]

2019-01-09T22:57:59-04:00

Who Takes Care of the Chief?

In our responses, we encounter difficult times for departments that have experienced a line-of-duty death or a tragic event in their organizations or communities.  Emphasis is placed on the personnel that were present at the call or were affected by the aftermath, but we focus on supporting all personnel.  Our mission is to provide care [...]

2019-01-04T17:06:55-04:00

Taking Care of Ours, Taking Care of Each Other!

Our Team is excited as we begin our journey into 2019.  We experienced a busy year in 2018 and will continue to work to be there for you all in the New Year.  Our Team provided information and/or assistance to 13,503 emergency responders and their family members in 2018.  Thanks to all of you who [...]

2019-01-01T21:03:50-04:00

Roaming the Street with the Old Macknificent CF’s!

As a part of our Community Outreach programs, our Team uses our old fire trucks to bring joy and happiness to others (and ourselves too!).  Whether it is a wedding, a parade, a birthday party or just a stop along the way to let people look and climb on the trucks, we use every opportunity [...]

2019-01-01T20:53:18-04:00

Asking for Your Help…..

Friends, as we head into the New Year, we are excited about the future. Our Team remains committed to bringing appropriate behavioral health care and support to our firefighters, EMS personnel, 911 telecommunicators, and their families. We will accomplish that mission by continuing our peer to peer contacts, clinical referrals, community outreach initiatives, and training [...]

2018-12-30T20:42:38-04:00

“Operation Zzz” Program Entering Second Year!

We will soon be entering the second year of our “Operation Zzz” weighted blanket program. This program began as a partnership with Stacy Green, a Charleston County paramedic, Marci-Jo Mishoe of the Lowcountry Fire Wives, our Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, and the Steinberg Law Firm in Goose Creek, South Carolina to provide weighted blankets for [...]

2018-12-24T19:12:48-04:00

Our Team Receives Grant from The Point Is!

We are pleased to share with you that our Team has been awarded a $ 3,500.00 grant by "The Point Is" Women's Group on the Sea Islands of Charleston to assist with the support of our women of emergency services. This wonderful group is a non-profit organization that raises money to support women. They have [...]

2018-12-24T18:55:51-04:00

To Honor a Brother……

On Saturday past, our Team assisted in the funeral for our firefighter brother, Buster Weeks. As a part of supporting our emergency services family, we provide a fire truck, upon request, to transport the deceased to his/her final resting place. Buster’s service was special as he and I served together during our careers in North [...]

2018-12-24T18:50:52-04:00

Date Set for 2019 Emergency Services Behavioral Health Summit!

Our Team is pleased to announce our second annual Emergency Services Behavioral Health Summit. Visit us in Charleston and plan to stay overnight or through the weekend in our beautiful City. Come join us for an in-depth discussion of emergency services behavioral health programs and resources being provided for our first responders.  Participants in this [...]

2018-12-20T23:40:10-04:00

New Al Anon Group Begins for First Responder Families

We are pleased to share a much needed and important resource for our emergency services families whose loved one is having difficulty with alcohol abuse. This Al Anon group was created specifically for family members and friends who live and love our emergency responders having alcohol abuse problems. We believe a great part of our [...]

2018-12-19T23:20:46-04:00

Introducing “Nox” to the Troops!

Today, we began our station visits to introduce our new Team members, Kelly Colley and her therapy dog, Nox, to our firefighters and other first responders. Nox is a 5-year-old Giant Schnauzer rescue.  He has earned his National Therapy Dog certification with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.  He is the “dog with the mustache”.  Nox enjoys meeting new [...]

2018-12-19T21:39:41-04:00

We are Vested in Nox & Kelly!

Last month, we introduced you to our new therapy dog, Nox.  Nox and his handler Kelly Colley, a Charleston County 911 Telecommunicator, have joined us to bring a new resource to all our first responders and we are super excited to have them. Special thanks to our friends and avid supporters Larry & Lorie Walliser [...]

2018-12-11T21:47:32-04:00

Welcome to Our New Research & Development Intern!

We are excited to welcome our friend Nancy Paul to our Team as our new Research and Development Intern.  Nancy began her career in emergency services in New York City in 1988 where she was a paramedic for three years. She moved to South Carolina in 1991, first working in the MUSC Meducare transport system [...]

2018-12-09T19:40:48-04:00

Photos with Santa at Charis Academy!

On Friday night, we joined our community partners at the Charis Academy in Summerville for their Winter Wonderland and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and our Autism Awareness truck. Everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy the truck and we couldn’t be happier to support them. The Charis Academy’s mission is to provide an exceptional, [...]

2018-12-09T00:03:11-04:00

Enjoying Fellowship with the North Fire Department!

  Enjoyed great fellowship tonight with the firefighters and family members of the North Fire Department up in Orangeburg County for their annual Christmas banquet.  Honored to tell them about our Team and all the other behavioral health resources available to them from other Teams in our State.  Already looking forward to seeing them all [...]

2018-12-08T23:58:53-04:00

Teen Suicide Awareness & Prevention Held at Fort Dorchester High School

This past Tuesday night, our Team participated in a Teenage Suicide Awareness Forum at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston. This forum was a part of Mental Health Awareness Month at the school as we presented information from our Team’s “Step Up & Step Out” Suicide Awareness and Prevention Initiative. Our participation came about [...]

2018-12-06T23:05:03-04:00

A Tribute to Katie…………

Today, we said goodbye to a fellow firefighter, taken from us all far too soon.  While I did not know Katie Dube personally, I learned of her love of the Fire Service and her dedication to helping others through the words of all who loved her.  Even in her young life and short career, Katie [...]

2018-12-03T23:41:19-04:00

Having Our Backs..

  Sometimes in our daily travels, we take photos that speak to our hearts. This photo, taken today during our "Day on the Hill" with our clinicians, is one of our Team Clinicians Ashley Lauderdale as she listens to the critique and watches over everybody after the training. I couldn't help but think about how all [...]

2018-11-26T22:49:44-04:00

“A Day on the Hill” with Our Clinicians….

Since the beginning of our Team, we have worked to be sure our clinicians have a good understand of our firefighters and their work. To that end, we have developed a two-day training program to provide our clinicians an opportunity to experience the Fire Service culture. We now have sixteen clinicians who work with us [...]

2018-11-26T22:41:51-04:00

In the Lives of our Children….

Our Team has always been about taking care of our emergency services personnel AND their families.  We believe that in order to provide a program for our firefighters and other emergency services personnel, we must provide services that take care of your families.  In other words, we believe that to properly provide care, “we must [...]

2018-11-25T22:08:48-04:00

Taking a Few Minutes for Yourself

Mindfulness: "A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique". We all face struggles in our lives and sometimes simply don’t know where to turn. It is difficult to remember to take care of ourselves as [...]

2018-11-24T12:33:59-04:00

Help at Your Fingertips….

Have you ever needed help during a stressful time and simply weren’t comfortable with reaching out to someone? Regardless of the reason; too embarrassed to ask for help, afraid of criticism of being weak, or, don’t know where to get help?  Well, check out this app from the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health that can [...]

2018-11-15T23:15:12-04:00

Cool Weather, Oysters, and Chili!

On Wednesday night, we attended the annual meeting of “The Point” Women’s Group on the Sea Islands of Charleston. This amazing group of women work all year long hosting fundraisers and events to raise money to support non-profits that benefit women.   In November of each year, selected non-profit organizations are invited to share information with [...]

2018-11-15T17:09:13-04:00

Where Do We Go from Here?

Webster’s Dictionary defines “peer” as a person’s equal, colleague, friend, associate and so on.  In the world of emergency services, we are fortunate to have trained peer teams to provide support and counsel to those in need.  On our Peer Team, there are over 60 of us who have received training and whose responsibility it [...]

2018-11-14T00:17:23-04:00

“A Special Night for a Special Couple!

On Sunday night, we were honored to provide Mount Pleasant firefighter Graham Kent and his bride, Carey Minton, transportation from their wedding reception to their honeymoon cottage on the “Edge of America” aboard the “Honeymoon Express”, our 1989 FDNY Mack fire engine.  These trips are always heartwarming as we get to share in a special [...]

2018-11-12T21:49:36-04:00

“Rollin’ in the Pee Dee!

Not sure we can take much more excitement this weekend! After K.J. & Ali’s wedding and our trip out to the L.E.A.P. stables, we also got our newest vehicle back today after a makeover by Signs ASAP, Inc. on Trolley Road in Summerville. Laura Meehan and Nick Richburg have continued their tradition of making our [...]

2018-11-03T22:24:24-04:00

“Ridin’ the Honeymoon Hotel Express”

On Friday night, we were able to provide transportation for a bride and groom from their reception venue at Lowndes Grove Plantation to their honeymoon hotel aboard our “Wil E. Coyote” Mack fire truck. It was such an enjoyable time as we left the reception with them on board with folks attending the wedding gathered [...]

2018-11-03T22:17:36-04:00

A Trip to the Country

Today was another special day for our Team as eight of us traveled to the Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (L.E.A.P.) stables on Wadmalaw Island for a class with Kathleen Broughan and her folks. The class exposed us to working with animals to learn team building skills and techniques to improve ourselves and our ability to help [...]

2018-11-03T22:14:56-04:00

Words from the Heart of a Sister…………..

This is a repost of a Facebook message from our F.L.A.M.E.S. sister Julia Coleman.  She writes so well to express the emotions felt by many of us lately: Dear First Responder Family Members, I have sat down to write and get the right wording out and I have struggled. But I want you all to [...]

2018-10-27T22:21:42-04:00

A Day with Our Recruits!

On Friday last, we spent the day with the Bluffton class here in Charleston.  This class included firefighter recruits from Bluffton, Lady’s Island and Ridgeland Fire Departments. We enjoy these days when we have an opportunity to spend time with new recruits becoming a part of the greatest profession ever!  We started the day with [...]

2018-10-27T22:00:51-04:00

Our Little Girl, Teagan!

  Many positive opportunities come our way and today we were blessed to experience some time with friends in Florence. This was a special day for Lee and I to also spend time with Miss Teagan Gwyer, the daughter of our dear friends and teammates Kevin and Amy Gwyer of Florence County EMS. No matter [...]

2018-10-23T21:58:30-04:00

Welcoming Nox & Kelly to Our Team!

Our Team continues to “think outside the box” to find ways to better serve our emergency services personnel.  So much that we say we actually believe we “live outside the box”; listening, watching and searching for better ways to help those we serve.  Some of those programs include our “Operation Zzz” weighted blankets, our “Step [...]

2018-10-23T21:51:42-04:00

Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters in Blue…..

Tonight, we are all saddened by the news that Florence County Deputy Farah Turner has succumbed to her injuries sustained in the senseless shootings on October 3rd that also took the life of Florence Police Officer Terrence Carraway and injured five others. The Florence community has exhibited great courage, compassion, and resilience in the last [...]

2018-10-22T23:40:33-04:00

It’s Time to Step Up and Step Out!

REPOSTED ON OCTOBER 11, 2018 FROM OUR PEE DEE COORDINATOR LEE HOPKINS: "We suffered another firefighter suicide yesterday in our state. We have to have a statewide push to get our Step Up & Step Out program out! But, also we have to have support to make this work! We have to work TOGETHER as [...]

2018-10-12T22:21:04-04:00

Gettin’ Swiggy with Miss Twiggy!!

Today, we were able to have lunch at the Swig and Swine on Savannah Highway with our amazing and beloved team member Amanda Custer.  Amanda retired in February after 28 years with the Department of Mental Health, eleven of those as a clinician on our Team.  She was one of the first to be tasked [...]

2018-10-10T21:24:37-04:00

First Responder Support Group Set for Thursday, October 11th!

  Our monthly First Responder Support Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at our Team offices located at 6390 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.   Any and all, active or retired, Firefighters, EMS personnel, 911 Telecommunicators, Chaplains, and Law Enforcement officers are invited to attend.  Military personnel, active or retired, [...]

2018-10-07T22:14:42-04:00

Through the Eyes of a Child………………….

We have just returned from Florence following the tragedy of this past week. Our hope was to reach out to as many of our emergency services personnel as possible and, thanks to members of our Firefighter, EMS and 911 Support Teams, we were successful. The horrendous events that took place there this week will be [...]

2018-10-07T22:06:31-04:00

Remembering Our Friend……

This afternoon, we visited the Motley Rice Law Firm at Patriot's Point to assist their folks in observing Mesothelioma Day. Motley Rice represents many people, including first responders who contract mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. CFD Battalion Chief John Winn succumbed to mesothelioma in 2012 and he was represented by Motley Rice. Our "Big John" truck [...]

2018-09-28T22:57:24-04:00

Relaunch of CFD Peer Team Continues!

  This has been an extraordinary week as we have completed three days of station visits with the Charleston Fire Department in our relaunch of their internal peer team. We were able to visit with fourteen companies across three shifts to provide them with information on our new combined team and methods of accessing services. [...]

2018-09-28T22:53:04-04:00

Training with CCRS!

  We completed this busy training week by providing classes to our Colleton County Rescue brothers and sisters with our “Are You Really Taking Care of Yourself” Behavioral Health Perspective and our “Step Up & Step Out” Suicide Prevention and Awareness program.  We presented two times on Thursday and finished up with a third class [...]

2018-09-28T22:48:45-04:00

Thank You to Our New Friend Becky!

Often, we received support from unexpected places and Friday we were blessed once again in an unusual way.  We saw a “For Sale” ad on Facebook Marketplace for a roll of cotton quilting batting of the type we use in our “Operation Zzz” weighted blankets.   The batting is added as the middle of three layers [...]

2018-09-23T21:43:06-04:00

Fire & Iron Station 28 Steps Up Big!

We are continually blessed by those who support our Team. Today, we received a donation in the amount of  $ 3,036.00 from the Fire & Iron Motorcycle Station 28 organization at a ceremony at NCFD Station 5.   This money was raised by Station 28 during their recent Charleston 9 Memorial Poker Run. We would like [...]

2018-09-23T21:04:45-04:00

Lowcountry Retired Firefighters “Hooked Up” Program To Join Forces with the Lowcountry Firefighters Breakfast Group!

We are pleased to share with you that the our Lowcountry Retired Firefighters “Hooked Up” program is joining forces with the Lowcountry Firefighters Breakfast Group to encourage participation of  firefighters from any department to join us for breakfast at the bi-monthly Friday morning meetings. We have been encouraged by Chief Dan Curia of the Charleston [...]

2018-09-21T22:48:12-04:00

After the Storm…..

The events of the last week have been catastrophic for our communities and its citizens.  Many of you have lost your homes and businesses and continue to struggle with the long-term recovery.  Our emergency services personnel have been worked to the limit, spending days away from home and their families to take care of those [...]

2018-09-19T00:56:21-04:00