For Injured First Responders
A catastrophic injury on the job, especially ones that are career ending are devastating to a first responder and their loved ones. Often times, these types of injuries can tear families apart, cause severe depression and anxiety, leave a wake of financial destruction, and make a first responder feel isolated, especially from the profession that they love. Injured first responders have frequently shared feelings of guilt and shame for their injuries and are sometimes subjected to blame and 'Monday morning quarterbacks.' We get it because we have team members that have been through that experience.
The Texas LODD Task Force would like to change how first responders are cared for after an injury, not just in the weeks and months following and incident but for the long term. We are currently gathering information from injured first responders on their experiences, needs, and what they wish could have gone differently. We are also in the process of putting together a committee of injured first responders that will help us develop an in-depth care and support program for first responders who experience catastrophic injuries. It is our hope that we build a response program that is similar to our LODD program with support given to families and caregivers. We are looking to launch this program by the summer of 2019. If you are an injured first responder and would like to participate in our survey, please click the survey button below. If you are interested in participating on the committee, please fill out the form. We would love to hear from you!