Our Mission

The National First Responder's Fund was established to provide relief benefits to first responders and their families in times of need. First responders are there for us on our worst day, we established this fund to be there for them on theirs. While our mission is broad, we are developing programs to address specific needs related to first responders and their families, including, the funding of post traumatic stress treatment, cancer prevention, toxic exposure, chemical dependency and critical incident support, outreach, education, and activation.

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Our Mission At Work: The Most Recent Campaign

Transparency is at the core of our mission. After responding to a tragic event or natural disaster, wether large scale or to a single individual, the instinct of the average person is to be grateful, to SAY thank you. Our priority is to DO thank you.. and to provide a mechanism and direct access to help first responders on their worst day. After all, they are there for us on ours. People care about how their money is spent, and so do we. Every dollar matters. In our last campaign, nearly 86% of the funds raised were allocated to the treatment of First Responders. We are grateful for the opportunity to save lives.

We are taking the T.E.A.M. Approach to Addressing Post Traumatic Stress.

Addressing Post Traumatic Stress Injuries is one of top our funding priorities. More than 25% of our first responders suffer in silence from injuries resulting exposure to traumatic events. The four primary categories of funding for our PTSI program are:
Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) offsite;
Education and research identifying minimum standards for best practices in addressing post traumatic stressors;
Awareness and de-stigmatization to demystify PTS injuries;
Mobilization and outreach by Peer Support Teams related to specific events/ tragedies.

Our Three Phase Approached to Funding PTS

Phase One: Emergency Relief

Our initial goal was to raise $100,000 that would go toward directly funding qualified Post Traumatic Stress programs for first responders in California. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! If you are a Peace officer (police, sheriff or other law enforcement officer), a dispatcher, and Emergency Medical Service provider (EMT, Paramedic, Emergency Room physician) or a fire fighter in California, you qualify today for direct funding of a qualified PTS program. Visit the "911 Community" link above to get started. We have have funds available today that will go to fund your first step toward recovery. This funding of PTS treatment programs is an ongoing funding and fundraising priority for the NFRF.

Phase Two: The Minimum Standard Plan

Our experts will identify best practices for interdepartmental programs to address the daily stressors of being a first responder. The NFRF will prioritize fundraising each year to grant funds for the implementation of those programs meeting our minimum standards.

Phase Three: The Peer Support Network

One element to the minimum standards will include a minimum ratio of Peer Support Team (PST) members to active untrained members in each department. These embedded PST members are active members of departments that have received the minimum standards training for response to traumatic incidents that occur during any particular shift. The NFRF will allocate a portion of its funding for grants to departments for the specific purpose of training active PST team members. Our goal is to scale a network of active PST team members at the local, state and national level that will be able to respond through mutual aid to mass casualties and critical incidents that have overcome local and regional capacity levels.