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Our Regional ARMOR Response vehicles are dispatched through First Responder Trauma Counselors – Member Agencies. This will include our Clinicians and 40 hour-trained Peer Support Personnel.
The vehicles are piloted by a Peer Support Team member and medical staff, all trained at Paramedic and or Nurse Practitioner, or Medical Doctor levels, who are 40 hour- trained in Peer Support by First Responder Trauma Counselors Academy who are all available to handle any medical issues should they arise. This vehicle arrives with a cadre of both medical and behavioral health equipment to address most needs of the patient/client. In addition, the deployment of this vehicle will be accompanied by at least one of the Culturally Competent Clinical Supervisors and a Negotiator from one of our Northern Colorado Regional Peer Support Team Agencies.
One of First Responder Trauma Counselors ARMOR ResponseVehicles, is available to FRTC member agencies. To include “Return to Duty Protocol”, mobile counseling/peer support, EMDR and or other modalities, as required. Both Peer Support 1 & 2, vehicles provides a comfortable, confidential environment for First Responders and Peer Support interactions. To access this valuable asset, contact First Responder Trauma Counselors to see how your department can become a member agency and have access to not only this critical resource, but many many more covering your staff 24/7/365.
If your agency requires one of our ARMOR (All, Responder, Mobile, Operational, Response) Vehicles to attend at a Critical Incident, Contact Us
Our ARMOR Response Team is integral to our First Responder crisis response operations. First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to be working together and contracted with Rocky Mountain IV Medics as a valued "Culturally Competent" partner in our 24/7/365 Armor Response. Along with our team of responders, we are oper
Andrea grew up in a town of 400 people in south west Nebraska. She started her EMS career right out of high school getting her EMT certification in 1994. She worked for Rural Metro Ambulance Service in Grand Island, Hastings, and Lincoln before coming to Colorado in 2000. She took a job as a 911 dispatcher for Larimer County Sheriffs Office when she arrived along with a volunteer EMT/Firefighter for Wellington Fire. After 3 years of dispatch, she wanted back in on the action so she took a job as a Detention Deputy where she stayed for another 2 ½ years. Although thankful for the opportunity in Law Enforcement she missed medicine and returned to EMS. The next 9 ½ years she spent with Thompson Valley Ambulance service before deciding to go to nursing school. Knowing she could not go to nursing school and continue the 24-hour shifts, she started with Poudre Valley EMS to have more flexibility with her school schedule. Two years later she graduated with her Associates degree in nursing, and another 18 months later finished her Bachelors degree in nursing.
Nursing has given her many opportunities to work with patients in medical/surgical, telemetry, progressive care unit, and the operating room. She started a program while going to nursing school in Cheyenne where each semester students go to Haiti with the organization Love Takes Root, to help with orthopedic surgeries, mountain health clinics, the onsite health clinic, and the orphanage. She herself has made several trips to Haiti and continues to give her time to the organization to provide teaching for the older orphans who are getting ready to go out on their own. “Initially I was going there to make a difference and help the people of Haiti. Little did I know it would be them that healed my soul and showered me with an abundance of love.”
Andrea volunteered to go to New York City and was stationed at North Central Bronx hospital in April when COVID-19 hit the city hard. She currently works for Rocky Mountain IV Medics, where she travels to patient homes to give them IV hydration and vitamin infusions. I have many escapes from the stress of my jobs including my two French bulldogs, Norman and Matilda, and photography.
Andrea is a valuable asset for FRTC, and to the, “One Team One Mission”, concept. She is excited to assist in the creation of this vital service to her 911 care continuum partners. FRTC, is proud to have this “Culturally Competent”, resource as an example of cooperation and care.
Jennifer Hogested, RN, Paramedic, has been immersed in the First Responder career since January of 2001. She has created a diverse and all-encompassing career path as a First Responder and have worked as an EMT technician in the Emergency Room, as well as on a prehospital Ambulance Transport.
Jen grew her career to paramedic on the street, in both Emergent and transfer. After Jen completed Nursing School, as a Board-Certified Emergency, Trauma and Pediatric Nurse she now works as a valued member of a large hospital systems, Emergency Department as a Registered Nurse, and a Peer Support Team Coordinator.
Jen currently works both as an Emergency RN and as a street paramedic. Her love for medicine and the people she serves gives her great pride and strives to have a long and healthy career. Jen has a wealth of life experience, and despite the emotional difficulty of her career, she can always see a lighter and happy side of life.
Jen is a 40 Hour trained National Peer Support Academy Graduate, First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to have Jen as a valued member of our ARMOR Response Team.
My name is Erich, I am 30 years old and grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. Having a father as a mentor and physician as well as many of my family members involved in medicine, I had a great interest in assisting those in need.
I moved to Fort Collins in 2009 in order to attend Colorado State University, where I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in biomedical sciences. During my senior year I acquired my EMT in order to gain experience for further education. Upon getting my first EMS job the following year working for a Colorado Mountain Community at, Eagle County Paramedics. I realized that this was something I wanted to do on a longer term basis. I moved back to Fort Collins in 2016, taking a job with then a large hospital EMS system.
I recently finished paramedic school, and am loving it. Working with my First Response brothers and sisters, is a family feeling that related back to growing up in a Physician's family. As my "Doc", Dad has always taught us to care for others, I want to be there for my First Responder family when in need.
When not working, I enjoy being outside biking, camping and travelling as much as possible with my girlfriend, and soon to be 8 year old border collie, who have quickly become best friends and love those activities as much if not more than me. Erich states that he is proud to be on FRTC's ARMOR Response Team to continue to serve his fellow First Responders
Bam, had wanted to become a Paramedic/Firefighter for as long as he could remember. Every "career day/paper" in school, was about Paramedicine and Firefighting. His first experience was a ride-along with Littleton Fire Medic & Engine 12; that crew would later be some of the first on scene at the Columbine shooting.
Bam became acutely aware of the emotional impacts on the Fire/Medics after the calls. As soon as Bam turned 18 he became a member of Douglas County SAR Team and Franktown Fire Protection District as a volunteer. His formal Fire/EMS education began in 2002, graduating as both a Firefighter and EMT, and began Paramedic school in 2012. Bam's love for medicine motivated him to dedicate his growing skills to three Colorado based Ambulance organizations over the next 11 years.
Remembering his interactions with the Littleton-ride-along and his love for Fire based medicine, Jeff began working for a progressive fire District in Colorado and was quickly promoted to EMS Lieutenant. As part of his new position he is now working alongside Law Enforcement as a Regional Swat and Bomb Squad Medic as well as the Medical Unit Leader for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, and has been nationally deployed on multiple occasions.
First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to add Jeff, "Bam", as one of FRTC's valued ARMOR Paramedics.