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Support 1 provides training for first responders

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 6:21pm

Support 1 held a two-day training course Feb. 3-4 in the Municipal Building’s Palmetto Terrace with the goal of providing first responders with the tools needed to handle traumatic incidents.

The Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention course is one of seven courses required for international certification in Critical Incident Stress Management, said Christopher Chavous, founder and chairman of the Support 1 nonprofit organization.

“It’s about training them how to deal with coworkers who have suicidal thoughts and tendencies and how to deal with coworkers who have experienced suicide loss,” he said.

About 35 first responders attended the training and represented 20 agencies from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Louisiana.

By offering the courses, it helps provide first responders with the information and tools they need to better focus on their job, said Chavous.

“We want them on track and on task to do their job on a daily basis,” he said. “So if we provide all the training we can provide, it will help every first responder that we train better prepare themselves and their agencies in dealing with very traumatic events.”

The course, which will be held again in April, will cost the organization about $7,000 for both sessions.

The organization has offered the three basic courses in past months and it cost $13,000, said Chavous.

The community can help the organization for first responders by supporting its fundraising events and making donations, he said, adding that events are listed on support1.org as well as the organization’s social media sites. Those who wish to make a donation to the organization can do so via the Web site.

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