The majority of First Responders love what they do and have counted the cost of their unique vocation. To borrow a phrase from Edward F. Croker, former FDNY Chief, “…they do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what business requires.” Over time, doing ‘what business requires’ will often affect their emotional and physical health, and the relationships that are most important to them.
- Divorce rates at some Departments are as high as 84%
- 1 out of 4 Responders struggle with alcohol abuse
- 10-30% of Responders suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Responders are twice as likely to die from suicide than in line of duty.
- The life expectancy of First Responders is 15 years less than the general population.
Responder Impact seeks to encourage and equip First Responders with the tools they need to thrive, both on duty and off.