About The 2nd Alarm Project

The 2nd Alarm ProjectTM, which includes Florida’s 10-4 Center for Responder Resiliency, is a nonprofit organization established to offer comprehensive, evidence-based resiliency initiatives in our first responder communities.

The 2nd Alarm Project was developed for first responders, by first responders in partnership with behavioral health subject matter experts. What began in 2019 as a SAMHSA grant funded program for NW Florida fire service members has grown to serve as a comprehensive resource for first responders in the state of Florida and beyond.

We offer behavioral health navigation and direct service provision to first responders and family members, peer support capacity building and clinical oversight, mental health literacy education and training, and support departments in building comprehensive Behavioral Health Access Programs (BHAP) and facilitating best practice implementation and policy development. Our services are deeply rooted in the first responder community. The needs and goals of our first responder communities are incorporated in every element of our program design, from planning all the way through implementation and evaluation. Representatives of the organizations we serve don’t just have a seat at the table, they serve as major actors in decision making to guide what we do and how we do it. Through systematic evaluation and feedback, we continually assess for ground truth… the pulse of the first responder community… to help inform and drive program development and design.

Our micro, mezzo and macro approach

Our approach seeks to be comprehensive- addressing the needs of our first responders at the individual, family, community, and systems levels. We seek to reduce barriers and increase access to evidence-based behavioral health services for first responders by building internal capacity within each agency and community we serve.

Faculty and Staff

Kellie O’Dare, Ph.D., MSW, MPA

Kellie O’Dare, Ph.D.

Founder & Director

Dr. Kellie O’Dare is a faculty member at Florida A & M University and the Director of Florida’s 10-4 Center for Responder Resiliency and the 2nd Alarm ProjectTM. She is the Principal Investigator on the 2020-2022 Northwest Florida First Responder Resiliency project grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for $1 million.

Dr. O’Dare has actively worked with dozens of Florida based agencies to conduct needs assessments, provide capacity building for peer support teams, and develop BHAP programs. She has conducted mental health training with over 900 first responders, family members, and leadership teams and functioned as a behavioral health navigator and clinical advisor to peer support teams. She has also served on local and statewide critical incident activations and deployments, including being embedded with Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 7 at Surfside, FL in July 2021. While deployed to Surfside, Dr O’Dare and colleagues developed the first statewide plan for first responder mental health services post disaster deployment. She has earned well in excess of 100 hours of continuing education in first responder behavioral health and substance use. She currently has several peer reviewed manuscripts on developing comprehensive resiliency and BHAP programs under review. She frequently provides consultation and technical assistance to first responder organizations across the country on best practices in building mental wellness programs. Dr. O’Dare also served as a subject matter expert and non-voting member of the 2021 Florida First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force.

Dr. O’Dare is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where she also earned both Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. She is an active researcher with over 50 publications, technical reports, and conference presentations, and has significant experience conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating large scale quantitative, geospatial, and mixed method research projects in both academic and applied settings.

Dr. O’Dare has meaningful personal linkages to the first responder culture. She is the niece of Shawn T. O’Dare, firefighter/paramedic killed in the Line of Duty in Miami-Dade County, and the spouse of a current professional Florida panhandle firefighter/paramedic.

Michelle Rehbein, LMHC, MCAP

Michelle Rehbein, LMHC, MCAP

Lead Clinician

Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Masters Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). She serves as the lead clinician for 2nd Alarm Project and as a behavioral health navigator for Escambia and other counties in the west part of the Florida panhandle. She is also one of just a few endorsed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) providers in the state. Michelle has focused her clinical efforts on treating individuals struggling with compound issues, including PTSD, trauma, anxiety, substance use, and other mood disturbances. She also provides clinical oversight to peer support teams, delivers mental health awareness in service and peer support trainings, and serves on our deployable critical incident/clinician response team. Michelle is passionate about serving our first responders and provides high-quality, evidence-based trauma treatment to our community members in need. The 2nd Alarm Project is grateful to partner with Michelle to bring these services to our first responders and families.

Research Partners

Tammie Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health

Florida A & M University

Jody Herzog, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Social Work

University of West Florida

Dana R. Dillard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Work

University of West Florida

Erin King, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Work

University of West Florida

Robert Rotunda, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

University of West Florida

Deborah Beidel, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Psychology and Medical Education

Executive Director, University of Central Florida- UCF RESTORES

David Rozek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Director, National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health™
University of Central Florida- UCF RESTORES

2020-2021 Advisory Council Members

Fire Department Leadership

  • Chief Ginny Cranor
    Fire Chief, Pensacola Fire Department
  • Chief Ryan H. Crawford
    Fire Chief / Administrator, South Walton Fire District
    Florida Fire Chiefs Association NWFL Regional Director
  • Chief George Foss
    Battalion Chief Training / Safety
    Pensacola Fire Department
  • Chief Jerome Gaines
    Fire Chief
    Tallahassee Fire Department
  • Chief Kim Neisler (Ret.), RN
    Fire/EMS Outreach Coordinator
  • Chief Melvin Stone (Ret.)
    Assistant Division Director
    Florida State Fire Marshal
  • Chief Paul Williams
    Deputy Chief
    Escambia County Fire Rescue

First Responder Behavioral Health & Substance Use

  • Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D, ABPP
    Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education
    Executive Director of UCF RESTORES
    University of Central Florida
  • Sara A. Jahnke, Ph.D.
    Director & Senior Scientist
    Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research
  • Lt. Andrew Kane, LMSW,
    Director, Bureau of Health Services Counseling Unit
  • Brenda Tillman, LPC-S, Ph.D.
    Director, Texas First Responder Resiliency Program

Peer Support

  • Lance Butler, Firefighter/EMT
    Peer Support Team Lead
    Tallahassee Fire Department
  • Lt. Jeffery Orrange
    Statewide Peer Team Coordinator
    FL Fire Fighters Safety & Health Collaborative
  • Lt. Andrew Rasnick
    Peer Support Team Lead
    Escambia County Fire Rescue
  • Chief Tim Smith
    Battalion Chief, Panama City Beach Fire/Rescue
    NW Florida Peer Support Regional Coordinator

Professional Firefighters

  • Capt. Mike Bellamy
    8th District Vice President
    Florida Professional FireFighters

Volunteer Fire Service

  • Chief W. Brian Cathey
    Overstreet Fire Control District
  • Chief Ryan Jaycocks
    Almarante Fire District


Special acknowledgement to the following organizations we support who have made substantive contributions to the development of our work.

Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research
Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Dept and City of Coral Springs
FDNY Counseling Services Unit
FL Firefighter’s Safety and Health Collaborative
International Association of Firefighters
MUSC Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
North Carolina First Responder Peer Support
Orlando Firefighters Peer Support Team
Redline Rescue
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Tallahassee Fire Department
Tallahassee Fire Department Peer support Team
Texas First Responder Resiliency Program
UCF Restores
UWF Social Work
Warriors Research Institute

Program Overview and Mission


The “2nd Alarm Project” received its name to raise awareness and convey that sometimes, the primary resources deployed to mitigate an emergency require additional supports to make an impact. The vision of this project is that no first responder (or family member) in our area will go without educational materials and access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health or substance abuse issues, and that first responder organizations, including all ranks and positions, are provided capacity building opportunities to ensure that the mental health care needs of men and women on the line are addressed from recruitment to retirement.


That no first responder (or family member) will face mental health stigma or go without access to evidence-based, first-responder specific behavioral health resources, and that access to these resources will support mission readiness, preserve the force, and improve the long term health of responders, families, and retirees.


The 2nd Alarm Project seeks to reduce barriers and increase access to evidence-based behavioral health services for first responders in the areas we serve by

  1. offering no-cost, professional behavioral health navigation and outpatient counseling services by licensed, first-responder proficient mental health providers,
  2. supporting departments in establishing or enhancing capacity of trained peer support teams,
  3. providing state of the art mental health literacy materials, and
  4. supporting departments in building supportive leadership environments to reduce mental health stigma and promote culture change, including facilitating development of comprehensive Behavioral Health Access Programs (BHAP), and best practice implementation and policy development.

For more information on what we offer and how you can get started with these free services, click here.

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide and in need of immediate attention, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

This product was supported [in part] by grant number H79FG000149 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The content does not necessarily reflect the views or polices of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).