Pleasant Valley Joint FD Receives First Responder Grant
COLUMBUS – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the first round of funding to be awarded to local first responder agencies under the new Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program.
A total of 26 agencies will receive $1.67 million to help them meet the wellness needs of law enforcement officers, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). ).
Our first responders face the daily challenge of providing the highest level of response and care to the people of Ohio during traumatic circumstances, with little or no time to effectively deal with the stress brought on by these situations, a said Governor DeWine. We created this grant program to help our first responders take care of themselves so they can continue to take care of others.
Entities receiving a grant under the first round of Ohio’s First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program are:
- Beachwood Police Department (Cuyahoga County): $29,750 for an employee assistance program and to provide access to an online wellness app for confidential support.
- Beavercreek Police Department (Greene County): $23,629 for a wellness program coordinator, peer support team training, and access to an online wellness app for confidential support.
- Bellefontaine Police Department (Logan County): $119,420 for wellness and fitness programs, including nutritional consultations, physiotherapy and mental health wellness checkups.
- Brecksville Police and Fire Department (Cuyahoga County): $14,800 for fire and law enforcement wellness plans.
- Township Police Department (Stark County): $124,400 for Employee Assistance Program counseling services and a dedicated Wellness Coordinator.
- Cleveland Department of Public Safety (Cuyahoga County): $310,000 to hire two therapists, provide access to an online app for confidential wellness support, and train mindfulness instructors.
- Defiance County 911 Center: $25,000 provide a health and wellness program for employees.
- Delaware Police Department (Delaware County): $34,800 for annual mental well-being checks.
- Eagle Joint Fire District (Trumbull County): $1,974 giving employees and their families access to up to five free career counseling sessions per year.
- Grove City Police Division (Franklin County): $12,400 for a peer support program.
- Hicksville Police Department (Defiance County): $8,300 for peer support training, access to an online wellness app, and incident stress intervention.
- Huron County Sheriff’s Office: $63,172.04 to hire a wellness coordinator, offer trauma counseling and provide access to an online application for confidential wellness support.
- Logan Police Department (Hocking County): $20,293.54 to provide access to an online application that offers confidential wellbeing support and a wellbeing training module.
- Lucas County Sheriff’s Office: $38,720 provide employee support sessions focused on wellness and disease prevention.
- Village of Mayfield Police and Fire Department (Cuyahoga County): $173,340.40 for a comprehensive mental health, wellness and fitness program for firefighters and police.
- Miami Township Fire and EMS (Clermont County): $220,000 to hire a frontline behavioral health support specialist to work with police, fire and EMS for various services, including critical incident reporting.
- Montville Township Police Department (Medina County): $13,898.75 provide a mental health program for staff and their families focused on wellness.
- Pierce Township Police Department (Clermont County): $12,537.44 to make advice more accessible and to train agents specifically in stress management and psychological first aid.
- Joint Pleasant Valley Fire District (Union County): $45,050 for a wellness and fitness initiative focused on physicals, fitness, rehabilitation, and behavioral health.
- Scioto County Sheriff’s Office: $272,537.24 to hire a dedicated wellness coordinator and staff clinician.
- Sheffield Village Police Department (Lorain County): $19,500 to provide access to an online wellness app and online wellness courses.
- Sidney Police Department (Shelby County): $22,000 for a wellness plan for police officers and firefighters.
- Springboro Police Division (Warren County): $11,664 for wellness checks of police service personnel.
- St. Clairsville Police Department (Belmont County): $5,200 to provide access to an online wellness app that provides confidential wellness support.
- Vandalia Police Division (Montgomery County): $13,000 to provide access to a health and wellness app that provides confidential support and an online library of wellness courses.
- Youngstown Police Department (Mahoning County): $36,000 to provide access to an online wellness app that provides confidential wellness support.
- The Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program, administered by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, provides approximately $75 million in total funding for initiatives that support programs wellness programs addressing mental, physical and emotional health issues specific to first responders; recruitment and retention efforts to restore workforce levels; integration and training costs; and explorer programs to engage young adults in first responder careers. Although this is the first round of funding given to local first responder agencies under this program, approximately $1.3 million was awarded to multiple service providers statewide in June.
- The program is funded under the $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly dedicated to first responders last year to help address a variety of pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased stress and declining staff numbers.
- Governor DeWine has also placed greater emphasis on the welfare of first responders through the creation of the Ohio Bureau of First Responder Welfare within the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The new statewide office focuses exclusively on the well-being of first responders and provides specialized support and training to help emergency response agencies proactively deal with post-stress stress. traumatic and other trauma caused by factors specific to first responder careers.