POAM Initiative: The Frontline Strong (FST-5)

The Frontline Strong Together Project (FST-5), funded by the State of Michigan, aims to provide resources that offer assistance to first responders focusing on de-escalating tactics, mental health, including alcohol and substance use, along with when and where to get help, resources for mental health treatment; and coping mechanisms for stress and trauma. This first responder training program will feature trained professionals familiar with specific insight into these issues to offer the best quality of help.

Offering statewide training programs, hosted by Wayne State University, POAM is calling for its members to serve as peer counselors in their local areas to support and ensure that the quality of care and help is achieved within the FST-5 program.

Group and Individual Incident Response Team Member Training

Individuals interested in registering for training can sign-up using the dedicated links for each location. A minimum of 10 first responders is required to conduct a course. Non-first responders training is not covered by the state-funded grant and may be subject to registration fees. 

Bloomfield Hills Township Police Department
1153 Exeter Rd. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
August 16, 17, & 18 
https://forms.wayne.edu/62a8ddbbb624c/

Delta Township Fire Department
811 North Canal Rd. Lansing Michigan 48917 
August 19, 30, & 31
https://forms.wayne.edu/62bda2977d4a4  

Shelby Township Fire Department Station #1
6345 23 Mile Rd. Shelby Township Michigan 43316 
Septemeber 7, 8 & 9 
https://forms.wayne.edu/62bda42d917d2

City Of Midland Fire Department

816 East Haley Midland Michigan 48640
September 19, 20th & 21
https://forms.wayne.edu/62bda36847e30

Additional First Responder Training

FST-5 and POAM encourage trainees and other members of the first responder community to also attend the upcoming Michigan Crisis Response Association’s 2022 Conference. 

The MCRA and its annual conference provide training for individuals and team members, further development of new teams, and provide support for established teams.  MCRA is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization hosting comprehensive training that includes assistance and resources for community members and first responders to help individuals in the pre-crisis phase through the acute crisis phase, and into the post-crisis phase. 

The annual training will be held on September 11-13, 2022 at the MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. For more event information and to register, visit their website. FST-5 can cover the cost of the GRIN training offered at this conference for law enforcement, fire, EMS/EMT, dispatch, and corrections personnel. Lodging and food costs are the attendees’ responsibility. 

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