KCKFD Peer Support was founded in 2018. It includes 22 members who range from a few years on the job to retirees. The mission of the group is to provide non-judgmental, helpful, and most importantly, confidential services to not only the members, but family members as well. We have a myriad of resources to offer anyone who may need assistance.  Thank you for stopping by to check us out!

Peer Support Phone Number:  913-573-5910

Mission Statement:

The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Departments (KCKFD) Fire Fighter Peer Support’s mission is to recognize that all fire service, emergency medical service, and dispatch members are human beings who will be exposed to, and experience emotions. KCKFDFFPS will provide a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment where members can engage in a healing conversation with a peer. KCKFDFFPS also seeks to share the concept of peer support and the structure of our program with those that request.

  • New Directions EAP

Counseling Services, Financial & Legal Advice, Family and Relationship Support

800-624-5544 

www.ndbh.com

Company code for app and website is " Wyandotte ".

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1.800.273.8255

  • Jennifer Prohaska’s Office

(MAIN) 913.652.6668

Jennifer’s Cell- 913.226.8270

Pat Hinkle’s Cell- 913.927.2402

  • Chaplain Services

Greg Walker- 913.486.1637(KCKFD)

Jared Altic- 913.904.2724 (Wyandotte Christian Church)

  • Valor Program

913.228.5973

www.ValorProgram.com

Located @ NKC Hosp in Signature Psychiatry Building behind ED

  • IAFF Center of Excellence

24/7 Call Center- 885.900.8437

301.358.0192

www.IAFFRecoveryCenter.com

  • The Battle Within

Josh Crossovic- 816.898.5727

  • A.I.R (Addicts In Recovery)

 800.561.2250

646 S. 7th St KCK (Cross-Lines Community Kitchen)

  • Cottonwood Springs Mental Health Treatment and Therapy

13351 S Arapaho Dr. Olathe, KS  66062

913-562-6882 or 913-210-8652

www.CottonwoodSprings.com

  • War Horse For Veterans & First Responders

Patrick Benson- 816.516.6630

www.WarHorsesForVeterans.org

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

Jim Schmidt- 913.634.4459

24 Hour Hotline- 816.471.7229

www.AAMeetingNearMe.com (877.417.6877)

www.Find-A-Meeting.com (866.459.6831)

Heartland Regional Alcohol & Drug Assessment Centers (RADAC)

Outpatient/Substance Abuse Treatment

913.281.7860

1321 N 7th St KCKS

Frank Williams Center (RADAC)

Assessment/Individual Counseling/Relapse Prevention/Outpatient/Substance Abuse

913.563.6572

1201 N 7th St KCKS

  • Narcotics Anonymous

1.800.561.2250 (JOCO & WYCO)

www.KansascityNA.org

Robby Allen Full Bio

Came on at KCKFD in the big class of 2004. I spent 11 years assigned to HQ where I was a part of the US&R team. In addition to KCKFD, I was also an EMS instructor at JCCC from ‘99-‘13. I am a father of three amazing kids, a daughter and two sons. When I am not at the FD I like writing my name in the sand, taking long walks on the beach, and just crushing it. With kidding aside, we have all been in that “Dark Place”. I’ve had battles with mine and through our first responder community and peer support we can watch each other’s back. (913)226-5737

Kim Barlow Full Bio

I have been in the Fire/EMS service for 24 years and have been with KCKFD since 2004. I’m married with four adult children, two of my own and two step kids along with a handful of grandkids.  In my spare time I enjoy riding my motorcycle, camping, kayaking, and spending time with my family.  I feel that we all go through trials and tribulations at some point in life.  Somethings we handle on our own and sometimes we need a friend.  I chose this career so I could help others and now I have the opportunity to help my fellow brother or sister in a time of crisis and I feel very honored to do so.   I strongly believe that how you handle today can only improve all your tomorrows. (913)515-4973

Joe Chizmar Full Bio

I have been with the KCKFD for 5 years, but have over 20 years in the fire service. I’m married to an awesome woman, and have been for many years. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, working around the house, hunting, and staying active with Fire Department happenings. I feel that Peer Support is a necessary thing, especially in our line of work. It’s okay to lean on your fellow brothers and sisters when times get tough; that’s what we are here for! (913)709-5825

Keri Christian Full Bio

I have been in the Fire Service for 15 years and with KCKFD since 2006.  I have also been a member of the National Guard since 2004.  I am the divorced single mother of one son who is 10 years old.  When I am not at work I can be found on the sidelines cheering my son on in his sports or at my own softball games.  I enjoy playing softball often, as it is my therapeutic relief.  I can also be found volunteering for a local animal rescue fostering special needs animals.  Through my years of working at the fire department and in the military, I was in disbelief of how horrible our mental health system truly is for those who need it because of a career that chose them.  So I decided to use my military benefits to complete my Bachelors in Human Services and my Masters in Clinical Psychology.  I didn’t want to be one of those people who complained about a problem and did nothing to fix it.  Having been through the mental health system for PTSD, Substance Disorder, and Depression I know firsthand how bad the system can be for us. I have also learned a few ways to navigate the system.  So I am here to help you and your family to truly enjoy a job that is the best.  When our world seems dark it can take only a flicker of light to brighten everything. (785)845-4150

David Churchill Full Bio

Grew up as a military brat spending most of my childhood years in Leavenworth county, KS. I have one child with severe medical issues and special needs. I went through a divorce in 2012.  I have 13 years of firefighting experience, 12 of them as career.  I have held the position of – firefighter, driver/operator, fire officer, fire service instructor, and hazmat technician with a WMD Specialty. I also have 10 years in the military reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Air Force.  I chose to volunteer for the peer support team due to having dealt with the stressors of an ill child, divorce, PTSD, etc. and really want to help my coworkers navigate through a successful and healthy career. (304)641-5922

Dave Doherty
Larry Grissom Full Bio

I have been a firefighter with KCKFD for 29 years, currently, the Operations Chief on the 1st Shift. I am also the Pastor of Piper Bible Church (an independent Baptist church). Having been a Pastor for about 20 years, I have spent some time helping people work through experiences and challenges, while certainly learning my own limitations in the process. I am married with one grown daughter. In my spare time, I like camping, playing guitar, & kayaking. I chose to get involved in Peer Support in order to help others, but in the process, I learned that all of us first responders, myself included, experience things we need to make sure we are processing in a healthy way. (913)526-4904

Bryan Hendin Full Bio

My name is Battalion Chief Bryan “Swede” Hendin and I am very interested in being a part of this newly formed group. I have been serving the citizens and members since 1997, and I am currently the District Chief.. Prior to my service with the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, I served in the United States Army from 1987 through 1993. I deployed to two combat zones in three countries while serving as an Army Ranger from 1989 through 1993.

I’ve been involved with a post-traumatic stress debriefing with several members from the fire department. My medical education allowed me to identify several members who need additional resources to assist them to get through this difficult time. I personally have experienced several events like this from my military and fire service experience and I feel this will only aide with my empathy with the members. (913)709-0495

Brian Jobe Full Bio

I have been with Kansas City Kansas Fire Department since 1990. I currently hold the rank of Captain and work out of Station 8. I have been an RN since 2011, working for a home health agency. I am married with 5 children, ranging in ages from 26 to 7. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and attending my children’s activities. I am thankful to be a part of the Peer Support group for our department. I joined this group with the hope of helping my fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service (913)302-0838

Ryan Johnson Full Bio

I have been a Firefighter/paramedic for KCKFD since 2013. I am married with one child and am currently stationed at 19’s. When I’m not at work you can find me on the golf course, hunting, or spending time with my family. I joined peer support because I have seen the importance for firefighters to have an outlet to unload all that life and the job can throw our way. We as peer support are that outlet. (785)320-1960

Mike Kane Thad Lauritzen Full Bio

I am married, a father of 3, and a grandfather.  I have been in the first responder business for 27 years. I have been a member of the KCKFD for 23 years. I have had great days on this job and really awful days. I wanted to be a part of this group to assist our men and women of the FD in any way that I can. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, and sometimes we may need more. I believe that this group is in a position to provide whatever help is needed. So please call. (913)449-4480

Morris Letcher Full Bio

Battalion chief who has 20 years with the KCKFD. I was raised in KCK. I’m married to Toyea Letcher and have four kids ages 19 to 27. I’m a member in the first ever Regional Command Peer Support Team. My hobbies include sports, singing, and riding motorcycles. A little known fact about me is I’ve been a licensed minister since 2003. (913)579-7524

G Matz Full Bio

Captain with 23 years of service, of which I’ve been with KCKFD since 1999.  I don’t believe in standing on the sideline! You either win, or you’re first place loser! I’m a firm believer in taking life by the proverbial horns and kicking it in the ass!  I also believe in doing the most good for the most people all the time.  Let’s leave this place better than how we found it.  However, with that said I’m supposed to write some sort of brief biography.  So, here goes:

I’m a God fearing family man who loves his family, county and profession!  I worked the “pile” in NYC shortly after the attacks of 9/11.  When I’m not on duty, I’m devoted to my family and community.  I’ve enjoyed coaching youth athletics for several years along with being a mentor, & prison ministries leader at the federal prison in Leavenworth KS.  I’ve been a member of the Rotary Club, Big Brother & Big Sister program, & guest lecture around the metro on military history.  I’m an avid collector of historical military and WWII vehicles.   I’m a weekend warrior “farmer” of sorts when home on my land.  However, what I plant usually dies, and I can’t seem to keep my animals alive for too long without something other than humans trying to eat them! (913)269-4159

Randy Neher Full Bio

I have been a firefighter/paramedic with Kansas City KS Fire Department since 2007. I am married with 3 children. I have experience dealing with extensive medical issues, both personal and with children. I joined this group with the hopes of helping my fellow first responders. We have a unique job with unique experiences and problems. I believe that we as a first responder family need to be there for each other and share our experiences. (913)220-1108

John Peterson Full Bio

I am a life-long resident of Wyandotte County and the son of a KCK Fireman. I started my career September 1st 1990, made the ranks of Driver, Captain, Battalion Chief, Sr Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Sr Deputy Chief before retiring October 1st 2018. I joined the Fire service because I wanted to help people in their time of need or crisis. Over my 28 years I’ve seen my fair share as well as experienced personally my fair share. I feel that I have a lot to offer our Peer Support Team and proud to be a part of it. I feel that if we work as one cohesive team we can take care of our members past and present. Thank you for the opportunity to help support our own. (913)486-0984

James Schmidt Full Bio

I am 55 years young. I am a 24 year veteran of the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department. I currently working in the capacity of Safety Officer/  Fire investigations on 3rd shift.

I am a lifelong resident of KCK. I have lived in the same neighborhood for 55 years.

I have been married to my wife Lori for over 36 years, have 4 children (all adults now) and 5 grandchildren.

I have worked for many years in helping those who struggles with drugs and alcohol.

Working with A.A. and N.A. in the Kansas city area.

I am currently working with the Salvation Army treatment facility (Mirrors program) at 67th and State Ave.

I believe everyone can live a happy, joyous and free life when given the proper tools.

I am available 24/7. Feel free to contact me for any reason or question.

Thank You

Sincerely yours

Captain James M. Schmidt

(913) 634-4459

Aaron Schwab
Spencer Stein Full Bio

I have been a firefighter/paramedic for KCKFD since 2008.  I was also a volunteer firefighter for 9 years prior to that.  I am married with 3 children.  I enjoy going to the lake, riding my motorcycle, traveling, and spending time with family.    After getting my bachelor’s degree, I knew I always wanted to be a full-time firefighter and went back to paramedic school to achieve my goal.  I know each person has their own ups and downs with this career and in their personal life.  I want to help in any way possible to see that each member of the “fire family” enjoys this career and retirement! (620)338-5823

Mallory Super Full Bio

I have been with KCKFD since March 2007. I have two fur kids, a niece, and a Little that I love to spoil. I became extremely interested in helping the mental health and well-being of my fellow firefighters after experiencing a few severe depressions and anxiety myself. Knowing and having faith that you are not alone makes the fight just a little easier. I want everyone to be able to go home at the end of each shift and live happy, healthy, productive lives. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Psychology, plan to get licensed, and will use that to better the department in any way I can. I hope my actions speak as loudly as my words. In my free time, I bake, which is also therapeutic to me. Thank you for your support of this program. (913)991-7002

Jake Waldeck Full Bio

I have been a member of the KCKFD since 2007. I am a proud of father of 3 and I have been married for 8 years. I believe our firefighters are some of the strongest individuals in the first responder field, however sometimes people need help no matter how strong they are. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, pheasant hunting and anything else outdoors. (913)710-9422

Tom Xiong Full Bio

Firefighter for Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. I currently work out of station no. 3 in Armourdale. I have served with the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department since 2013. When I’m not fighting fire and running 911 calls, you can find me at home teaching my kids, outdoors hunting, and volunteering at my church. I am married and have 3 children and one new addition on the way. I have recently partnered with the newly established “Peer Support” group of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. The hope is that this group will be effective and utilized for the good of our brotherhood; helping ourselves while we help others. (913)617-6132