Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Buck Dozier, President of Box 55 Association, who discusses their long history and efforts to provide Rehab Services to First Responders in Nashville, Tennessee. During the interview, Dozier talks about their 24/7 response mobilization, being volunteer powered, some of the feedback and impact on First Responders, responding to the Nashville bombing on Christmas day, how the community can help, and much more.
Buck Dozier: Former High School Football Coach, Youth Minister, Councilman-at-Large, candidate for Mayor, Executive Director of the Nashville Fire Department, Executive of the Nashville Fairgrounds, presently Chairman of the Board of Nashville Inner City Ministries.
Dehydration and Exhaustion of our Emergency First Responders can be life threatening. The stress of Fire, Rescue, Hazardous Materials, SWAT and other emergency operations can create great stress on the body and Heart of these workers. Rehabilitation of First Responders is defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as, “An intervention designed to mitigate against the physical, physiological, and emotional stress of fire fighting, rescue and other high stress public service duties, in order to sustain a member’s energy, improve performance and decrease the likelihood of on scene injury or death.”
Throughout our 60 plus years of service, our mission has remained constant and clear: To serve the Men and Women of the Nashville Fire & EMS Department, Metro Police, Office of Emergency Management, as well as other area Municipalities First Responders on request.