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About Canine Therapy for First Responders Inc

Recognizing that First Responders are twice as likely to experience Mental Illness or Experience PTSD (PTSI) our organization was formed to introduce Canine Therapy programs to First Responders in New Brunswick, Canada.

New Brunswick Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) are increasing. The resulting impact to the First Responder community has caused significant work place stress, increased untreated Mental Health impacts and increased death through suicide

Problem:

New Brunswick Statistics
City Police/RCMP
12 Police/RCMP LODD (line of duty deaths) since 2014.
3 officers killed in Moncton in 2014 (plus two others severely injured)
1 officer killed in 2017 in Sackville
2 officers killed in Fredericton in 2018
6 reported suicides

Fire Fighters
No Fire related LODD
6 suicides since 2014
1 murder/suicide
1 Training death

Paramedics
18 LODD since 2014 – all due to suicide

*Not all deaths that are suicide related are reported as such as it at the discretion of the family.

Solution:

Offer a FREE Canine Therapy Program to all branches within the First Responder Industry (Police, Fire Services, Paramedics, Coroners, Justice Department Employees). There were no programs within Atlantic Canada, thus, the creation of Canine Therapy for First Responders.  We are a registered non-profit located in Saint John, New Brunswick with Board of Directors located in Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, St. Stephen, Rothesay, Quispamsis and Chipman, New Brunswick. 

Why FREE?

New Brunswick, after experiencing several LODD in our province want to help our First Responders while minimizing cost impacts to forces already working hard for every budget dollar. We believe in the power of Community, and it is with this support we are able to offer this program to New Brunswick.

New Brunswick has over 3500 First Responders, these are our brothers, sisters, fathers, cousins, friends, neighbors and co-workers. The burden of the jobs each do is tremendously Mental Health impacting.  The men and women who sacrifice their safety each shift, who proudly respect the industries they serve and the citizens of our beautiful province deserve every possible Mental Health support possible. From the Paramedic Medical Specialist who just saved a life, to the Officer who had to do a Death Notification – the burdens of the job can take it’s toll a regular citizen will never understand.

Our aim is to compliment their existing Mental Health and Wellness Programs by offering Canine Therapy/Facility Dogs to their members for support, and of course the unconditional love of a wonderful dog.