The 2nd Alarm ProjectTM, which includes Florida’s 10-4 Center for Responder Resiliency, is a nonprofit organization established to offer comprehensive, evidence-based resiliency initiatives in our first responder communities.
The 2nd Alarm Project was developed for first responders, by first responders in partnership with behavioral health subject matter experts. What began in 2019 as a SAMHSA grant funded program for NW Florida fire service members has grown to serve as a comprehensive resource for first responders in the state of Florida and beyond.
We offer behavioral health navigation and direct service provision to first responders and family members, peer support capacity building and clinical oversight, mental health literacy education and training, and support departments in building comprehensive Behavioral Health Access Programs (BHAP) and facilitating best practice implementation and policy development. Our services are deeply rooted in the first responder community. The needs and goals of our first responder communities are incorporated in every element of our program design, from planning all the way through implementation and evaluation. Representatives of the organizations we serve don’t just have a seat at the table, they serve as major actors in decision making to guide what we do and how we do it. Through systematic evaluation and feedback, we continually assess for ground truth… the pulse of the first responder community… to help inform and drive program development and design.
Our approach seeks to be comprehensive- addressing the needs of our first responders at the individual, family, community, and systems levels. We seek to reduce barriers and increase access to evidence-based behavioral health services for first responders by building internal capacity within each agency and community we serve.
Dr. Kellie O’Dare is a faculty member at Florida A & M University and the Director of Florida’s 10-4 Center for Responder Resiliency and the 2nd Alarm ProjectTM. She is the Principal Investigator on the 2020-2022 Northwest Florida First Responder Resiliency project grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for $1 million.
Dr. O’Dare has actively worked with dozens of Florida based agencies to conduct needs assessments, provide capacity building for peer support teams, and develop BHAP programs. She has conducted mental health training with over 900 first responders, family members, and leadership teams and functioned as a behavioral health navigator and clinical advisor to peer support teams. She has also served on local and statewide critical incident activations and deployments, including being embedded with Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 7 at Surfside, FL in July 2021. While deployed to Surfside, Dr O’Dare and colleagues developed the first statewide plan for first responder mental health services post disaster deployment. She has earned well in excess of 100 hours of continuing education in first responder behavioral health and substance use. She currently has several peer reviewed manuscripts on developing comprehensive resiliency and BHAP programs under review. She frequently provides consultation and technical assistance to first responder organizations across the country on best practices in building mental wellness programs. Dr. O’Dare also served as a subject matter expert and non-voting member of the 2021 Florida First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force.
Dr. O’Dare is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where she also earned both Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. She is an active researcher with over 50 publications, technical reports, and conference presentations, and has significant experience conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating large scale quantitative, geospatial, and mixed method research projects in both academic and applied settings.
Dr. O’Dare has meaningful personal linkages to the first responder culture. She is the niece of Shawn T. O’Dare, firefighter/paramedic killed in the Line of Duty in Miami-Dade County, and the spouse of a current professional Florida panhandle firefighter/paramedic.
Brandy holds a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University with a specific focus in social policy and administration. After over 20 years in the business and nonprofit sectors, she has a deep and diverse skillset in working with organizational leadership teams, direct social service providers, and first responders. In her most recent role as President of Strategic Empowerment Consulting, Brandy worked with organizations in various capacities including, but not limited to: grant writing, strategic planning, curriculum development, and mitigating burnout in the workplace.
Brandy has served on nine statewide advisory committees and conducted over 400 trainings on a wide variety of topics such as Board Governance for Nonprofit Organizations, Critical Incident Leadership and Support, Crisis and Disaster Management, and Strategic Planning. Previously, in her work to end domestic violence, she and her team trained hundreds of law enforcement officers and prosecutors throughout Florida on best practices in the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence crimes. Her professional roles have included direct service work, middle management, and executive leadership. Brandy is married to a firefighter and is a mom to two amazing little ones that keep her learning and growing daily.
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We are proud to have developed the concept of professional and peer led Behavioral Health Navigation (BHN) specifically for the first responder community. BHN team members provide clinical oversight of/and continuing education for peer support teams, support critical incident response, create and expand networks of care in local communities, help overcome barriers to connect responders and families with appropriate services, provide education and training to departments (including facilitating BHAP development), and promote and increase first responder cultural competency among existing provider networks. Our BHNs are all professional, masters or PhD level licensed providers experienced in working with the unique needs of first responder communities.
Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). She also serves as the lead clinician for 2nd Alarm Project. Michelle is one of just a few endorsed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) providers in the state. She has focused her clinical efforts on treating responders struggling with compound issues, including PTSD, trauma, anxiety, substance use, and other mood disturbances. She has significant experience providing clinical oversight to peer support teams, delivers mental health awareness in service and peer support trainings, and has served on many critical incident/clinician response team deployments. Michelle is passionate about serving our first responders and provides high-quality, evidence-based trauma treatment to our community members in need.
Patrick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and MSW graduate of the University of West Florida. He completed the Fire Service Clinician Awareness Program at Hillsborough County Fire-Rescue (HCFR). His clinical practice includes delivering evidence-based interventions to first responders and other populations. He provides clinical supervision and training to peer support teams and serves on critical incident response teams in his Circuit. Patrick is also a vetted provider on Redline Rescue and a mental health clinician referral for the IAFF Center of Excellence.
Holley obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work, completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is currently completing licensure for the LCSW. She has experience with professional Behavioral Health Navigation in a variety of settings, specifically within the counties of Circuit 2. She has worked in several areas including pediatrics, primary care, chronic pain, opioid use and dependency, and neuropsychology. Holley also holds a certification in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
Alexis is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with experience in a variety of evidence-based clinical interventions, program development, and behavioral health navigation consultation. Her clinical practice has included services to first responders, veterans, and chronic pain patients. She holds a master’s degree in both Social Work & Criminal Justice and is currently completing her studies as a Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology. Alexis has an extensive background in behavioral health navigation to include development of BHN models for pediatrics, OBGYN, ER, and pain management, and will be serving as a Subject Matter Expert providing development, delivery, and oversight of programs and trainings for the 2AP BHN Team. She will also assist with development and delivery of trainings for first responder peer support based BHNs. Alexis is the spouse of a Marine Corp Veteran and trained firefighter/EMT who works in a private capacity as an industrial firefighter conducting HAZMAT operations and on-site safety inspections.
Jeff Orrange is in his 27th year as a fire fighter, 19 of which have been served with the Orlando Fire Department. He is currently a Lieutenant Paramedic on an Engine Company and previously Jeff served for 2-1/2 years as a Lieutenant in the Training Division. Jeff is a husband, father and friend. Armed with passion, empathy, a great support system and a willingness to help those who mean the most to him, Jeff Orrange has co-founded the Orlando Firefighters Peer Support Team. Jeff is a founding member of the Orlando Firefighters Peer Support team. His team has been deployed following the Pulse tragedy, Las Vegas Shooting, the Parkland shooting, the Surfside Condo collapse and many others. Jeff has been promoting mental wellness through grassroots efforts for many years. He believes that making it through this career mentally as well as physically is paramount.
Jeff currently has the honor of serving as the State-Wide Peer Coordinator for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC). As Peer Coordinator, he is responsible for coordinating with industry leaders, and related agencies to facilitate professional standards, diversified training opportunities, deployments, and other related actives.
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University of West Florida
University of West Florida
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University of West Florida
Executive Director, University of Central Florida- UCF RESTORES
Director, National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health™
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The “2nd Alarm Project” received its name to raise awareness and convey that sometimes, the primary resources deployed to mitigate an emergency require additional supports to make an impact. The vision of this project is that no first responder (or family member) in our area will go without educational materials and access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health or substance abuse issues, and that first responder organizations, including all ranks and positions, are provided capacity building opportunities to ensure that the mental health care needs of men and women on the line are addressed from recruitment to retirement.
That no first responder (or family member) will face mental health stigma or go without access to evidence-based, first-responder specific behavioral health resources, and that access to these resources will support mission readiness, preserve the force, and improve the long term health of responders, families, and retirees.
The 2nd Alarm Project seeks to reduce barriers and increase access to evidence-based behavioral health services for first responders in the areas we serve by
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