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​​​​​​​​Kentucky Emergency Services Peer Support

Purpose: To provide CISM services during the acute phase following a critical incident to prevent the destructive effects of emotional trauma, job related stress, and accelerate recovery from critical incidents before stress reactions negatively impact an ESP's performance, career, health, and family.

The Kentucky Emergency Services Peer Support (KESPS) team provides the entire spectrum of services from pre-incident training, acute crisis response, and post incident support to emergency services personnel (ESP) across the Commonwealth. KCCRT recruits, trains, and credentials experienced ESP professionals to become peer members of the statewide KESPS team. Team members receive training in providing multi-component critical incident stress management (CISM) interventions and suicide awareness and assessment.

See the KESPS Program brochure.


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Team Membership levels are based on education requirements, regional involvement, and KESPS response experience. Team members advance through membership levels by taking KCCRT classes, attending KESPS meetings, and going on KESPS responses. Each volunteer is credentialed to serve in 4 year terms.

Download the Instruction Packet for more details on how to complete the application process.

To apply for a KESPS Team Membership, please complete the components below.


Complete the online application. Additional documents required, including your resume and recent photo.


Complete a series of online and classroom courses. Learn more about courses and view upcoming course offerings.


A letter of support, signed by your agency, shows your commitment and is required to complete the application.