City of Bismark, ND

07/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/14/2020 16:08

Crisis Care Chaplaincy launches Lights and Siren Initiative

Today the Crisis Care Chaplaincy launched a new 'Lights and Sirens Initiative' with a presentation to local leaders of the First Responder agencies in our area. The primary objective of the initiative is to heighten community and spiritual support for emergency responders and the victims they serve and protect. The presentation took place Tuesday, July 14 overlooking the Bismarck community at the top of the First International Bank and Trust Building on the corner of State Street and Divide Ave.

Central to the 'Lights and Sirens Initiative' is a visual reminder to everyone who sees emergency lights or hears sirens, to briefly pray for those who are rushing to serve people who are experiencing an emergency or crisis situation. The visual reminder will be displayed in first responder facilities and reminder cards will be distributed throughout the community over the next several months.

The reminder cards include the following prayer: 'When you see the lights or hear the sirens, please pray: Lord, protect those running toward the danger. Comfort the victims and be with them. Give strength to those in need and those who serve. Amen.'

The Crisis Care Chaplaincy thanked the local business partners who provided support to the 'Lights and Sirens Initiative' project. The sponsors included the following partners: KAT Marketing, First International Bank, Team Terry Stevahn Century 21 Morrison, and Schmitz and Holmstrom CPA.

Many thanks to the Crisis Care Chaplaincy and to the following individuals for their willingness to be available for the Lights and Sirens banner image: Wade Nordick, Katie Schmidt, Karley Sterna, Stephen Adi, James Huntington, and Kerry McCoy.

The Crisis Care Chaplaincy currently serves:

Bismarck Fire Department,

Bismarck Police Department,

Bismarck Rural Fire Department,

Burleigh County Sheriff's Department,

Burleigh Morton Detention Center,

Central Dakota Communications Center,

ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation,

Lincoln Police Department,

Metro Area Ambulance,

ND Highway Patrol,

ND State Radio,

ND State Fire

The Crisis Care Chaplaincy is designed to support the efforts of its agencies by offering spiritual and emotional assistance to those facing crisis. This is accomplished by assisting the agencies as the need arises, when they are responding to emergency situations. The value of the Chaplaincy seeks to lighten the burden of the personnel of the agencies by performing tasks which tend to have a greater emotional and spiritual impact rather than legal implications.