This First Responders Day, we’re extending our deepest gratitude to the remarkable individuals who are helping their communities and responding to crisis in every imaginable way.
As the frequency and intensity of natural disasters has rapidly increased, an unprecedented number of people have responded to help their communities in times of need, broadening what it means to be a first responder. While their acts of service may vary, the one thing that remains true is what they stand for: bravery, resilience, and hope.
Meet some of the first responders on the front lines in their communities
Delivering career support to formerly incarcerated firefighters to combat wildfires
Incarcerated firefighters account for a staggering 30% of those battling wildfires on the west coast. Until The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP), institutional barriers made it almost impossible for these individuals to attain gainful employment in the firefighting sector once home.
Royal Ramey first fought wildfires when incarcerated. Not only did it teach him valuable skills, it filled him with true purpose. Upon his release in 2014 Royal pursued a career in firefighting, but quickly encountered systemic inequities preventing him from obtaining employment. On Royal’s job hunt, he was rejected from every fire department due to his conviction record.
To create opportunities that weren't afforded to him, Royal cofounded The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP), a nonprofit that provides career support to formerly incarcerated firefighters to transition to the industry professionally. From training to certifications to mentorship, Royal says, “we strive to ensure formerly incarcerated firefighters have the support needed to find long-term career success.”
Public Alerts serves as a type of online Emergency Broadcasting System, gathering data and pushing that emergency content to Maps, Search, and elsewhere. Currently, Crisis Response implements Public Alerts in 12 countries, with plans to expand.