A Peer Guide for EMS personnel and their families

"Reaching For Support" is a peer-to-peer guide developed by 7-Dippity to help EMS personnel assist a coworker, friend or family member who may be having difficulty coping with the long-term effects of trauma from 9/11.

In early 2004, interviews were conducted with members from numerous EMS divisions in New York City. This book is a compilation of the information taken from those interviews. This is NOT a book of theories from people who weren't at the World Trade Center or who are unfamiliar with EMS. The "experts" are EMS personnel who work in the emergency medical services field: those who have experienced disaster firsthand and who have been dealing with similar stresses both on the job and at home. These are their stories and advice, in their own words.

It is our hope that by spreading a few of the stories and "lessons learned" from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina & Rita responders will be able to help take care of their own and provide assistance to those who may need it. Because people react differently to different situations, some may find this material more useful than others. However, we encourage all EMS personnel to take this book home to their families and go over it with them.

For more information on "Reaching For Support," please contact 7-Dippity at (866) 734-7748.

To download a free copy of Reaching For Support, please click on the cover below.


Reaching for Support

Thank You

A special thank you to the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City (REMSCO) who has allowed this material to be posted for all EMS responders and their families supporting Hurricane Katrina & Rita efforts. It is their hope, and ours, that information in this book will be useful in providing support to you and your family during this difficult period.


Funding for the creation of Reaching For Support was provided to 7-Dippity, Inc. by the Twin Towers Fund. The Twin Towers Fund was created by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to assist the families of the members of the uniformed services and civilian rescue workers who lost their lives or were seriously injured on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Twin Towers Fund