Clergy Crisis Response Team

Fairfield’s Clergy Crisis Response Team was organized by Fire Chief Don Bennet in an attempt to support citizens which encounter traumatic events within the community.   Recognizing that tragedy is not a respecter of persons, Chief Bennet called upon the cities clergy in December of 2000 to help establish an effective program in responding to the these particular crisis events.  Church leaders rose to the challenge and established Fairfield’s first comprehensive chaplaincy program which assist first responders in emergency crisis.

The Clergy Crisis Response Team has been thoroughly trained in first responders protocol and critical incident stress management.  They have clear goals for crisis intervention.  Upon arriving to a scene, the team members seek to stabilize signs and symptoms of distress and dysfunction and then move to mitigate those signs and symptoms of distress.  Their goal is to facilitate a return to adaptive functioning or possibly assist by seeking continued care.

Clergy Crisis Response Team members are compassionate, competent, and qualified ministers within our community that have been ordained and/or licensed.  These individuals manifest a broad base of experience and professional maturity, emotional stability and personal credibility within the church and community.  Each team member carry professional credentials and are participants in on going training to sharpen skill sets and bring continuity to the team’s performance and program. 

Team members assist emergency responders and city personnel in a variety of ways.   The Clergy Crisis Response Team is often called upon to:

Chaplain Rob Rosenblalm has been a team member since the programs inception and is currently serving as the director for the Clergy Crisis Response Team.  Chaplain Rosenbalm is the senior pastor at Fairfield West Baptist Church where he has served for 12 years.  Please forward all inquires to Chaplain Rosenbalm at the Fairfield Fire Department Headquarters.

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