Faith and spiritual care for first responders

Congratulations to FaithAction member Jacquetta Gomes, a member of SCA Spiritual Care Association FRCD First Responders Chaplain Division. Jacquetta has passed the SCA Crisis, Trauma, and First Response Certificate Course for Chaplains.

The primary responsibility of a First Responder Chaplain is to provide emotional and spiritual care to First Responders, their families, civilian employees of First Responder agencies and their families. A secondary responsibility may be responding to an incident by dispatch to a scene to assist First Responders (police, fire, EMS, Disaster Response Chaplains) with those family members who have been impacted by the emergency, crisis, trauma, disaster, unexpected traumatic death as well as being present for First Responders on scene.

Jacquetta is also acknowledged as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world and included as a  Contemporary Person of Distinction in Burke’s Landed Gentry: The Principality of Wales and The North West, (19th Edition), Volume III England’s North West including Contemporary People of Distinction, published by Burke’s Peerage and Gentry. As far as she is aware, she was the first Buddhist to be included as a Contemporary Person of Distinction.