Unique L.E. Team Spends Days & Some Nights in High School. 

Oakley with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is a “Single Purpose” K9. He and his handler Deputy Ken Paulison spend their days at Elkhorn North High School. Oakley and Deputy Paulison assist the teachers and the administration as needed at the school. Deputy Paulison handles any criminal needs on campus but states that most situations can be handled by the administration. As a team, they play an even more important role, one that Oakley doesn’t even know about, and that is “therapy dog” team for the staff and students. It is not uncommon to see a crowd of students sitting on the floor around Oakley, with him lying on his back or side taking in all the attention. Deputy Pauilson loves to see the students smile and laugh while interacting with Oakley

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Guns & Hoses ON ICE!

Guns & Hoses is back and this time on ICE – March 20th!

Join us for the next Red vs. Blue, Guns & Hoses Hockey Challenge. This entertaining, family-friendly competition skates into Baxter Arena on 3/20/22 at 3PM! Come watch local police and firefighters compete in hockey for a good cause, to support the First Responders Foundation!

Local heroes have been competing in the rink over the past 15 years.

While local heroes have been competing in the rink over the past 15 years, this will be the first time teams are coming together to support the First Responders Foundation, which works to serve and honor all our First Responders, Veterans, and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.

Family friendly event.

Bring the family out to cheer on our First Responders and enjoy an epic event with lots of fun scheduled on AND off the ice! There will be a Kid Zone, cool first responder vehicles, Alley the Arson Dog and other K9s, vendors, a Chuck-A-Puck break activity, awesome raffles and more!

Guns & Hoses Tickets!

Tickets are just $12 and are On Sale Now! Click here to purchase tickets.

Guns & Hoses T-shirts and Hoodies!

What about Guns & Hoses Merch?

Yes – we have T-shirts and Hoodies On Sale Now For A Limited Time! 

We have partnered with Trezenbold to offer limited edition Guns & Hoses t-shirts and hoodies. Stock up on on your Team Blue, Team Red, or Team Neutral Gear. 

The last day to purchase Guns & Hoses merch is Monday, February 21st. 

Place your order now and pick-up during the event at Baxter Arena on 3/20 between 2-4pm. Or pick up here at the First Responders Foundation Wellness Center on 3/14, 3/15, or 3/16 between 9am-4pm at 10605 Burt Circle.
Click here to order T-shirts and Hoodies now!

The Red and Blue Teams will include first responders from the following departments:

Omaha Fire Department, Council Bluffs Fire Department, Offutt Air Force Base Fire Department, Grand Island Fire Department, Douglas County Corrections, Omaha Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, United States Air Force, Council Bluffs Police Department, Nebraska Parole, United States Marine Corps, and more

The rosters for each team will be revealed soon!

Special thanks to our Guns & Hoses Sponsors!

Mason Ingram, 2021 Awards of Excellence Recipient, Becoming A Firefighter.

Mason Ingram was a recipient of the Awards of Excellence in 2021. We sat down with Mason to see how his first year out of high school is going and how the Awards of Excellence helped him get started with his future plans.

For as long as he can remember, Mason has wanted to be a firefighter.

For as long as he can remember, Mason has wanted to be a firefighter. His grandfather was a volunteer firefighter for Papillion while his father was younger and now his father is an Omaha Firefighter. Mason used his Award of Excellence to continue his pursuit of the Fire Services.

Just this past spring Mason completed his Firefighter 1 Certification and he is also now officially an EMT after completing his course this past fall. He is taking classes at Metro Community College on three of the campuses in the metro area. Along with fire classes, he is taking his general eds. He got a jump start on the process by taking classes in high school at Bellevue West for college credit. He is about halfway through the classes he can take at Metro before transferring to a 4-year college.  Mason anticipates he will attend UNO in the future where he will pursue a degree in Emergency Management or Fire Protection.

Mason participated in the Tri-County Fire Explorers program that the First Responders Foundation supports.

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Supportive Hands and Voices

“It was hard to tell the difference between the fireworks in the neighborhood and the flashing lights of the approaching rescue squad.”

We had just finished dinner.  The kids were scrambling to find shoes and run outside for the start of sparklers and the highly anticipated fireworks.  It all changed in an instant.  I will never forget the cry from my sister’s voice, “Call 911, Devin’s having a seizure.”

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#GivingTuesday Zoom Meeting Happy Hour

The First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter is hosting a #GivingTuesday712 Happy Hour Zoom Meeting on December 1st from 6PM-7PM. Grab yourself some snacks and a beverage and join a Zoom meeting with board members of the Council Bluffs Chapter.

Learn about the new chapter and find out how you can help

Learn what the chapter is doing to help first responders and their families in the Council Bluffs area, hear about upcoming events and programs, and find out how you can volunteer. The Council Bluffs Chapter is very new so you will get in on the ground floor and your help is essential to building and helping with the success of the Chapter. For Zoom login information contact Leria Bray, Chapter Chairperson at LBray@npdodge.com.

 

Thank you Taco John’s

The First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter sends a huge thank you to Debbie & Jeff Bremer, and Taco John’s, for the generous donation to the First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter! Bremer Restaurant Management which owns ten Taco John’s in Council Bluffs, and Omaha, Columbus, and Fremont, NE has been collecting donations at their Taco John’s for many years. Every day there is a money box at each Taco John’s location where customers can drop in loose change or more, to support local first responders.

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Pottawattamie Gives! May 20, 2020

The First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter is participating in Pottawattamie Gives! This is a 24 hour online fundraising event that showcases the region’s spirit of generosity, increases awareness about local nonprofits/social impact organizations, and celebrates the collective effort it takes to make the Council Bluffs – Omaha area great.

This is a wonderful opportunity to make donations to the First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs chapter where you money can be stretched! Every unique donation, every hour for 24 hours, increases our chance of winning prize money. Most importantly this is a way to impact local first responders in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County.

Pottawattamie Gives! is held in conjunction with Omaha Gives! As a chapter of the First Responders Foundation all donations will go through the main Foundations Omaha Gives! profile. However, all donations received from Iowa will be designated to the Council Bluffs Chapter.

Consider donating on May 20th or you can schedule your gift today! Click here for more information and to donate.

Thank you!

Press Conference Announcing the First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter

Friday, December 20th at 9:00a.m. at the Council Bluffs Police Department, 1 Ezra Jackson Way, Council Bluffs, IA. Police Chief Timothy Carmody, Fire Chief Justin James, Chairman of the Council Bluffs Chapter Leria Bray, and Chairman of the First Responders Foundation Jim Hanson, will make remarks about the new chapter. 

The First Responders Foundation is proud to announce the first chapter of the Foundation, The First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter. The First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter will support first responders in the Council Bluffs, IA area. By joining the First Responders Foundation, the Council Bluffs Chapter will have access to all the programs and services that the Foundation has to offer while tailoring the programs and events to the local community. 

First Responder Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter Board of Directors saw the need and had the desire to make a difference for first responders in the Council Bluffs area. These dedicated pillars of the community are Chairman of the Board of Directors Leria Bray, Real Estate Professional with NP Dodge; Secretary Vince Rew, Dir. of Marketing and PR at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital; and Treasurer James Watson, Attorney, Law Firm Watson and Ryan, PLC. 

Support from the Council Bluffs Police and Fire Chiefs Fire Chief Justin James and Police Chief Timothy Carmody fully support the new Council Bluffs Chapter and foresee vast benefits for their departments, families, and citizens of the community with the partnership. 

Programming, Events and Fundraising The Council Bluffs Chapter will hold unique programming and events needed and desired within the police and fire departments and the community. The Chapter will also participate in Foundation events. Fundraising and donations given to the Council Bluffs Chapter will be used solely for Council Bluffs. 

Mission The mission of the Council Bluffs Chapter is to serve and honor all our First Responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety. 

For more information on the First Responders Foundation Council Bluffs Chapter, visit the official chapter website at: https://firstresponderscouncilbluffs.org/ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

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The Council Bluffs Kennel Club Makes a Donation to the CBPD K-9 Unit.

The Council Bluffs Kennel Club made a generous donation to the Council Bluffs Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The Club donated $10,250 toward one of the department’s new K-9’s, and bought a safety vest for another one of the K-9 Partners. They also donated oxygen masks for the Council Bluffs Fire Department to use when saving pets at fire scenes. “It is a good feeling when we can help,” said Janell O’Connor, treasurer with the Council Bluffs Kennel Club.

To thank the Kennel Club, the Council Bluffs Police Department K-9 Unit held two demonstrations showing the skills of the K-9’s.  The demonstrations were given on Nov. 24th, at the Mid-America Center Annual Council Bluffs Kennel Club Dog Show. Over 600 adult dogs and puppies, from all over the county competed in the event. Many of the people competing were preparing for the famous, Westminster Kennel Club, dog show that will be held in February 2020, at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

During the police K-9 training demonstrations, Police Officer McClure demonstrated how his K-9 Partner, Ares, alerts at an object containing a drug order. Once found, as a reward, Ares is allowed to play with the object that contains a drug order. Play is one of the ways the officers train the dogs to keep them sharp and ready for the real world, Sgt. Albers, Supervisor of the K-9 Unit, told those in attendance.

The K-9 Unit relies on donations to keep this vital program going. Both the Police Department and the Fire Department sincerely thank the Kennel Club, and everyone who donates to the program.

If you would like help with this program click here to make a donation.

The Council Bluffs Chapter of the First Responders Foundation

Council Bluffs community members appreciate the dedication and commitment of the Council Bluffs Police and Fire Departments, and were looking for ways to support them and show their appreciation.  Thus the beginning of the new chapter of the First Responders Foundation.

With support from the Police Chief, Tim Carmody, and the Fire Chief, Justin James, concerned citizens began looking for ways to support their local first responders.  Time and time again they were seeing the impact that the First Responders Foundation was having on the first responders in the greater Omaha area. After meeting with FRF CEO & President, Al Batschelet, the decision was made to start a chapter in Council Bluffs.

The First Responders Foundation’s mission is to serve and honor all our First Responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.  This is done by providing programs, services, and events that contribute to making first responders, mentally and emotionally sound, physically fit, and financially secure. All of the facets of the Foundation will be available to the Council Bluffs Chapter.  The Council Bluffs Chapter will have local events and programs as well, and any monies raised for the Council Bluffs Chapter will stay in Council Bluffs. 

Serving as the first Board of Directors are Vince Rew (Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Director of Marketing & PR), James Watson (Attorney at the Law Firm of Watson and Ryan), Leria Bray (Real Estate Professional with NP Dodge), and Mick McKinley (Iowa Rotary Club State Governor, Retired Banker, and U.S. Army Veteran).  Serving as Ex-Officio Board Members representing the Police and Fire Departments are Police Capt. Scott Milner, and Fire Assistant Chief Chris Sorensen.

All involved are enthusiastic and encouraged about the new chapter and the impact it will have on the first responders and the citizens of Council Bluffs, IA.

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