Voting has closed for the First Responders category, but you can still watch the inspiring videos from our extraordinary finalists. Return on September 2, 2021 to find out which nonprofit won the new Defender. In the meantime, listen to their stories, visit their websites and support their worthwhile causes.
BRANDON EMERGENCY SUPPORT UNIT (BRANDON, MS)
The City of Brandon’s Emergency Support Unit, CERT Team is a versatile, all-volunteer disaster, medical and emergency support response group. Volunteers have various backgrounds in emergency response and management including HAZMAT, firefighting, EMS, industrial chemical, weather spotting and disaster response experience. Attached to the Brandon Fire Department, this team provides a number of emergency response services to the city and its surrounding communities. These include medical standby at large events; rehabilitation and medical monitoring of firefighters and law enforcement officers on extended emergency scenes; public education on disaster preparedness; natural disaster monitoring, planning and response; search and rescue; establishment and maintenance of lines of communication during large incidents or disasters.
MILITARY MOBILITY (CHEYENNE, WY)
Military Mobility is a nonprofit organization that specializes in off-road expeditions and training for veterans in need. We use the rugged geographic landscape as a medium for the personal and professional challenges we face in life, and 4WD vehicles to literally navigate and overcome obstacles. Our first responder training instills confidence, purposefulness, adaptability, and social support to build resilience. Military Mobility, as a certified FEMA Train-the-Trainer, educates veterans to be Community Emergency Response Team members. This allows veterans to rejoin a team and stay engaged by continuing a life of service, this time in caring for their local community. Military Mobility has identified an unmet need and believes in providing opportunity and instruction where individuals can jumpstart passion, fuel teamwork, navigate operations, gain traction in leadership, and recover potential.
MONTGOMERY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (BELLE MEAD, NJ)
Montgomery Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) is an all-volunteer, tax exempt, and fully donation dependent organization that provides emergency medical care to the 23,000 residents of Montgomery Township, NJ. MEMS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and does so with absolutely no charge to patients or the township. In addition to responding to emergency medical calls, MEMS provides standbys at fire scenes, sports games, and other community events. Covering nearly 1,500 9-1-1 calls per year, MEMS is there for the community at all times of the day and night, and is ready to provide the highest level of medical care at a moment's notice.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH SYSTEM & MILLER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (MIAMI, FL)
The University of Miami Health System (UHealth) & Miller School of Medicine Emergency Management team establishes a framework to ensure the organization is prepared to respond and recover from any hazard threatening the lives and property of patients, students and employees. UHealth is located across four of the most populous counties of South Florida: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Collier Counties. This team routinely responds to those satellite locations when UHealth experiences no notice emergencies and/or planned incidents (i.e. hurricanes) and trainings. In any emergency they are tasked with conducting incident stabilization and decontamination operations. Therefore, these defenders require high-caliber equipment to take on any emergency headed their way. Because when a community is affected, we must all rise above and beyond to defend it.
Due to an overwhelming response to the Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards, five exemplary semi-finalists were selected for their commitment to accomplishing great things in their communities. Visit their websites and support their efforts today.
CHS Mobile Integrated Health Care
Rochester, New York
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