Free Training to Help First Responders and Their Families Prepare for and Cope with Trauma

First Responders: this is a FREE, proactive training opportunity that brings you and the people important to you together to plan for and recover from traumatic events.

Tribute Lap at I-80 Speedway This Week Will Honor Fallen First Responders

This Friday at 7pm, there will be a special tribute to fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco & Deputy Mark Burbridge at the I-80 Speedway, featuring driver Jim Cahill doing a reverse tribute lap in his car (pictured below) followed by the Omaha Police Dept., Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Dept., Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept., Ralston Police Dept., Bellevue Police Dept., La Vista Police dept., Papillion Police Dept., and the Council Bluffs Police Dept.

Cahill’s race car is wrapped in graphics as a tribute to Deputy Mark Burbridge.

The First Responders Foundation will also be on hand to participate in the tribute lap and raise money to support area first responders.


2018 Awards of Excellence Ceremony

We are proud and excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Awards of Excellence, which go to high school seniors who are children of our First Responders and have demonstrated commitment to community.

The Awards of Excellence are made possible by our Booster Club.

Police Recipients

  • Izabela Gonzalez, Skutt Catholic High School
  • Kacie Shields, Millard West High School
  • Kayle Byrd, Bellevue West High School
  • Reed Fitzke, Fremont High School
  • Sierra Morris, Elkhorn South High School

Fire Recipients

  • Ashlyn Dippel, Fort Calhoun High School
  • Daniel Kirchofer, Creighton Preparatory
  • Delaney Doyle, Bellevue West High School
  • Holly Komenda, Raymond Central High School
  • Josie Andersen, Papillion La Vista High School

The recipients were recognized at a ceremony at Champions Run on April 26th.


FRF Proud Sponsor of Firefighter Training Program for Youth

The Tri-County Fire Corps Exploring Program is a 10-week training program that gives young people a sense of what it’s like to be a firefighter. The program celebrated its first graduation earlier this month.

Youth participants receive instruction in CPR/AED, fire extinguishers, ropes and knots, hose rolls, search and rescue, ladders, hazmat awareness, and ventilation.

We are a proud sponsor of this effort that pulls together paid & volunteer fire departments in a joint training program – the first of it’s kind.


Bleeding and Shock Kits Campaign Reaches Goal Ahead of College World Series

Below is a news article from WOWT announcing that our Bleeding and Shock Kits campaign met its fundraising goal! Read the article below, or click here to watch a video of the story.

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — The campaign to outfit metro first responders with a new layer of life-saving gear has hit its funding target and the new tools are in place.

We told you about the Bleeding and Shock Kit Project last month.

The goal is to protect the citizens of Omaha in the event of a mass casualty incident. The project will outfit 24 of the City’s emergency response vehicles with life-saving kits that include items such as tourniquets, pressure dressings, decompression needles and more.

Officials announced Thursday that the project had met its funding goal in time for the College World Series.

The $25,000 project was funded thanks to donations from the public, along with funding and assistance from organizations such as the First Responders Foundation, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Nebraska Medicine, MECA, the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, and Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate.

“We’re extremely thankful to the corporations that stepped up in support of this project, as well as the citizens of
Omaha who donated,” said project organizer and Omaha Firefighter Dustin Talacko. “With your support, Omaha is now better equipped to handle an unthinkable crisis, should one occur.”


FRF Donates Water to First Responders Working the CWS, Compliments of Bucky’s Convenience Stores

We are so appreciative when businesses in our community support our first responders! Bucky’s Convenience Stores are a great example. The company recently donated 100 cases of water (that’s 2,400 bottles!) to the First Responders Foundation, and we in turn provided them to first responders battling heat and humidity to work the College World Series.

FNB Employee Chooses to Support First Responders with Employee-Directed Donation!

We’d like to thank Diann Swigart at First National Bank of Omaha who recently received a $500 employee-directed donation and chose to support the First Responders Foundation! She also organized a team of 6 volunteers to deliver 480 sack lunches to first responders as part of our Annual Appreciation Lunches.

Thank you Diann and her team for supporting first responders and the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.


First Responder Appreciation Lunches!

Every year we look forward to the day we bring lunches to the Omaha Police Department and Omaha Fire Department to show them how much we appreciate their dedicated service!  Last Thursday was the 8th annual First Responders Appreciation Day, and volunteers delivered over 900 lunches (in colorful bags decorated by schoolchildren) to area first responders.

Special thanks to our Board, Arby’s, Rotella’s Italian Bakery Inc, Omaha Steaks, Ideal Pure Water, C&A Industries, and all our volunteers and friends at First National Bank of Omaha for helping out by packing and delivering lunches!

Read the WOWT article.


We Installed 323 Alarms for Homes in Need!

On Saturday, May 12 in Bellevue, First Responders Foundation in partnership with the American Red Cross were able to install 323 alarms and made 70 homes safer! We also sent volunteers to help.

Detectors are essential for your family’s safety – but not every home is equipped with these life-saving devices. Even if they are, the batteries may be missing or dead. Other homes may have a smoke detector but not a carbon monoxide detector, which is the only way to be alerted if the odorless, invisible, and lethal gas is seeping into an unventilated home.

Learn more and request a detector here.


Buy Kansas City Chiefs Tickets Here to Benefit First Responders!

Buy tickets the games below via the button below and the First Responders Foundation will receive $10 for every ticket sold!

Use code RESPONDERS when checking out.

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