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UPCOMING EVENTS

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 group Monday night before hitting the road to participate with in-service training for our Orangeburg EMS friends today, Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow, we will visit with the Orangeburg County 911 Center with our Team Coordinator Michelle Brown, as well to present them weighted blankets form our Operation Zzz program. 

Tonight, our Team’s Pee Dee Coordinator, Lee Hopkins, attended the Pee Dee Firefighters’ Association meeting in Kingstree to discuss a special program planned for their region in the Fall. It’s shaping up to be another great week to get to see many of our friends. It is amazing to watch the folks on our Team work.

We are actively recruiting new members so send us a message at www.firefightersupport.org if you are interested in being involved.

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Community, Training, Upcoming Events|

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 our region to assist other folks as the need arises.

We are thankful for those that have donated vehicles to us to help our mission succeed. The Windy Hill Fire Department, the North Charleston Fire Department, and David and Tammy Reindollar have graciously donated the three vehicles that keep us mobile. We incur a great deal of expense in fuel costs as we move about in our work. We travel together when we can to cut costs but often, we respond from several of our five regions to get together to provide our services. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that simply needs to raise money to support our program. You can help us by donating to our Team.

You can help us make a difference! Any amount will be helpful, $ 5.00 will buy two gallons of gas (well, almost). Please consider taking a minute to help us! We will be grateful for your support.

Simply go to our “Click and Pledge” link and give what you can:

https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=69251

April 20th, 2019|Categories: Community, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events|

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. We will have several different special speakers, lots of exhibitors, displays, and an amazing networking opportunity for all who attend. To date, we have many folks from agencies all over South Carolina, with others committed to attend from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas to date. 

Plan to come join us for the opportunity of a lifetime. If you are attending from out of town, plan to spend a few days in Charleston. We will be posting a link for hotel accommodations near the venue early next week.

Here is a list of organizations who will be attending so far:

Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health, Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Fire Department Peer Team, CMHC First Responder Support Team, Coastal CBD Oil, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, Electromedical Products International, Equine Intervention, LLC,  Healing Roots Behavioral Health Center, Horry County Fire Rescue Peer Team, Hospital Corporation of America Healthcare, Illinois Firefighter Peer Support Team, Lowcountry 911 Telecommunicator Support Team, Lowcountry EMS Support Team, Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, Myrtle Beach Fire Department Peer Team, NC Law Enforcement Assistance Program, North Carolina Peer Support Team, One to One Counseling & Consulting, Palmetto Behavioral Health Care, PTSD of America, Rebound Treatment Center, Rosecrance Foundation, SC Community Crisis Response & Intervention, SC Law Enforcement Assistance Program, SC Public Safety Chaplains Association, SC State Fire Chiefs Association Peer Team, South Carolina FAST Team, Spell Counseling Services, Strategies to Assist Valued Employees (S.A.V.E.), Strength of a Warrior Counseling Center, The Charleston Center, The Healing Tree Holistic Care, The Middle Path, Waypoint Recovery Center, Well Spring Psychology Group, and Whole Health Counseling, Wellness, & Healing

There will be many others representing fire departments, EMS systems, 911 Centers, and law enforcement agencies here as well. Come join us!

April 19th, 2019|Categories: Community, Training, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events|

“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 his first fatal motor vehicle accident as a seventeen-year-old volunteer firefighter. His paid career as a New York City firefighter began in 1994 before he retired after twenty-one years on the job. He served his entire FDNY career in The Bronx, one of the busiest boroughs of the FDNY. He served on Engine 63, and thirteen years with Squad 41 before retiring in 2015 as a Lieutenant on Engine 43. The Bronx has a history and a reputation of its’ own and spending twenty-one years there exposed him to much tragedy including responding to the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001, the “Black Sunday” fire, the Deutsch Bank fire, and many others involving the multiple injuries and loss of firefighters and civilians alike.

Steve is a respected instructor with experience teaching at the FDNY Probationary Firefighter School, the FDNY Technical Rescue School, and presenting at national conferences such as the Firehouse Expo and the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference, both as a lecturer and a H.O.T. instructor. He is presently a peer team member with the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, Inc. and has become a Training Officer with the North Charleston Fire Department since retiring from the FDNY in 2015.

Steve will share his story of how he has gone beyond his PTSD diagnosis to PTG (Post Traumatic Growth) with the help of therapy, medication, and becoming a peer counselor. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a silent injury that is not discussed as openly as it should be. Steve offers his story with others hoping they realize that there is no longer a stigma with being in pain. Gone are the days of “suck it up kid” and “we don’t talk about that stuff”. Talking helps empty “the box” of stored up trauma and images before it can overflow and affect you and your home life. This is not a scientific study or research but Steve’s story and how he has “Survived the Job”.

Steve’s poignant story promises to be valuable to firefighters, other first responders, peer team members, and clinicians serving in the emergency services world. Come join us to hear his story.

https://www.facebook.com/events/551332502045313/

March 1st, 2019|Categories: Community, Training, Upcoming Events|

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 apparatus. The event is being hosted by the local SPAAMFAA chapter, Palmetto Low Country Vintage Fire Apparatus Association.

As part of the conference an apparatus muster will be held at the North Charleston Fire Museum on Saturday, March 2nd from 9 a..m. to 2 p.m. Highlights of the muster will include antique fire apparatus, modern apparatus, safety displays and demonstrations, hand-built model fire apparatus and a firematic flea market.

The event is free and open to the public, however, there is a fee for admittance to the fire museum. Please stop by if you are in the area.

Our Team will be there with our “Big John”, “Road Runner”, and “Wil E. Coyote” trucks.  Look for us, We would love to see you!

February 27th, 2019|Categories: Community, Upcoming Events|

“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 noon.

Steve Gillespie’s career as a first responder, police officer, and a firefighter began in 1983 with his first fatal motor vehicle accident as a seventeen-year-old volunteer firefighter.  His paid career as a New York City firefighter began in 1994 before he retired after twenty-one years on the job.  He served his entire FDNY career in The Bronx, one of the busiest boroughs of the FDNY.  He served on Engine 63, and thirteen years with Squad 41 before retiring in 2015 as a Lieutenant on Engine 43.  The Bronx has a history and a reputation of its’ own and spending twenty-one years there exposed him to much tragedy including responding to the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001, the “Black Sunday” fire, the Deutsch Bank fire, and many others involving the multiple injuries and loss of firefighters and civilians alike.

Steve is a respected instructor with experience teaching at the FDNY Probationary Firefighter School, the FDNY Technical Rescue School, and presenting at national conferences such as the Firehouse Expo and the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference, both as a lecturer and a H.O.T. instructor.  He is presently a peer team member with the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, Inc. and has become a Training Officer with the North Charleston Fire Department since retiring from the FDNY in 2015.

Steve will share his story of how he has gone beyond his PTSD diagnosis to PTG (Post Traumatic Growth) with the help of therapy, medication, and becoming a peer counselor.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a silent injury that is  not discussed as openly as it should be. Steve offers his story with others hoping they realize that there is no longer a stigma with being in pain. Gone are the days of “suck it up kid” and “we don’t talk about that stuff”.  Talking helps empty “the box” of stored up trauma and images before it can overflow and affect you and your home life. This is not a scientific study or research but Steve’s story and how he has “Survived the Job”.

Steve’s poignant story promises to be valuable to firefighters, other first responders, peer team members, and clinicians serving in the emergency services world.   Come join us to hear his story.

January 9th, 2019|Categories: Community, Training, Upcoming Events|