MONTPELIER — Emergency workers from across Vermont will gather in Montpelier on Monday, Dec. 9, for the First Annual First Responder Wellness Conference, a gathering designed to raise awareness of the effects of stress and trauma on first responders.
The daylong conference at the Capital Plaza Hotel and Conference Center is open to fire, police, EMS, dispatchers, E-911 and corrections officer, and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special invitations have been extended to key elected officials, as it is particularly important for executive leadership of organizations to attend.
This educational opportunity is timely as the number of suicides of first responders nationally continues to rise.
In some agencies and areas, the number of suicides and instances of PTSD have reached crisis levels.
The need to protect our first responders is critical to the safety of all Vermonters.
Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how trauma is dangerous without proper support and will also come to understand emerging practices to support first responder wellness.
The conference is the work of The Vermont First Responder Wellness Project coalition formed in June 2019 to address the wellness of first responders.
The coalition is made of representatives from all disciplines of first responders and has the support of Vermont Department of Public Safety.