FMRT Offers A Variety Of Career-Enhancing Classes

Just as physical training strengthens the body and mental training strengthens the mind, career-skills training strengthens job and individual success. Psychological and medical oriented classes that are lead by professional facilitators can focus on personal development goals, coping skills for life events, dealing successfully with mental and emotional stressors, and any number of other topics.

Some trainings that have been offered by our expert FMRT staff include:
• Biographical Information in Public Safety (the FMRT BRAINSTM assessment)
• Anxiety Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Severity
• Fitness for Duty Evaluations and Critical Incident Interventions
• Recognizing Stress and Burnout: Putting Difficult Assignments into Perspective
• Communication and Culture
• Managing Generation Y
• Improved Decision-Making Skills and Ethics
• Managing Disordered Offenders
• Using Bio-Data Effectively
• Post-Shooting Trauma
• Community Policing
• Executive Coaching
• Peer Support Training

Of course, you know your organization better than anyone and are aware of areas that would benefit your colleagues the most. If you have a special interest or a specific need, we will develop a targeted training class, or series of classes, designed especially for you. Please contact Elizabeth Morris at or 336-761-0764 ext. 11 with any questions or to arrange a class.

Do Public Safety Personnel Really Need Ongoing Training?

In a nutshell, continuing to learn all the aspects of your public safety craft will do two important things. First, it will steer your career in the direction you prefer. Second, it will give you tools to develop and strengthen both your own and your department’s public image. In addition to standard professional training, The FMRT Group offers psychological and medical training to further enhance your skills.

A Bit of History
When our nation was new, colonists’ safety was maintained by watchmen, who were community volunteers. Loosely-governed patrols reported fires, maintained order, captured criminals, controlled sanitation, brought suspects and witnesses to court, served legal papers and collected taxes.

As settlements grew into towns and cities, with larger businesses, popular taverns and inns, and improved transportation, social problems increased and keeping watch became more dangerous. Fewer people volunteered, so communities started using taxes to hire watchmen, which attracted men who were genuinely interested in enforcing laws and preventing crime. The profession continued to advance, and included official training to better equip officers for service.

The Need for Training
The broad field of public safety has continued to evolve into today’s array of modern agencies that rely on focused education, ongoing industry research, and specialized technology. But, one thing hasn’t changed – the need for proper training to better equip officers for service.

When – an online information resource for law enforcement – surveyed officers on Facebook and LinkedIn about changes they want, better training was among the top six answers.

Responses centered on two thoughts. Better trained officers in the field would lead to higher quality tactics and procedures and improved community relations. Better trained command staff would result in thoughtful, intelligent implementation and more effective mentoring and discipline. That’s where FMRT comes in with team building and executive coaching.

Professional agencies require professional training – for the benefit of all personnel and for the ultimate success of the organization.

Stanly County Keeps Children Safe

Many counties across North Carolina participate in the state’s Safe Kids program. One of these successful efforts is in Stanly County where volunteers from the emergency services department conduct free child safety classes. One such class is a “second chance” training for adults who have been ticketed for incorrect usage of a child safety seat. In the session, people find out how to acquire affordable car seats, how to correctly install them, and the proper way to buckle a child in safely. Completing the class results in dismissal of the ticket.


A group of Pennsylvania police officers who were sitting in a diner used a potentially unpleasant opportunity to change some perceptions of law enforcement in their community.

In the wake of national publicity that had cast police in an unfavorable light, an entering couple refused to sit near the officers. When the men-in-blue tried to speak with them, the couple wouldn’t respond. So, the officers decided to go a step further in creating good will – they paid for the couple’s dinner, which resulted in one of the people thanking them with a smile.

THAT’s community policing at its best, officers. Thank you.

Staff Focus: Rebecca Kepley, Business Services Manager

Rebecca Kepley is the company’s new business services manager. In that newly-created position, she will be proactively reaching out to community crisis agencies such as emergency medical services and fire departments to better inform them about FMRT’s psychological services offerings. In that capacity, Becca has already started attending public meetings, networking events, trade shows, and conferences to introduce herself and meet these public safety decision-makers from across the state.

In addition to her parents, Amy and Todd, Becca has a sister who is only 14 months older, but her pride and joy is her dog, Ash. And, while spending time with her family and pet is very important to her, Becca also unwinds by enjoying hiking, all kinds of music, and trips to the beach. In addition to all that, two special interests of hers are gardening and studying aquatic animals, especially sea spiders and manatees.

A Word from Dr. Warren

Hiring the right person is only the first step in creating a conscientious employee who is dedicated to the success of the employer. To accomplish this, early and ongoing training should reflect the goals and ideals of the employer, be relevant to the position, and be easily applied by the employee. The FMRT Group develops and provides such post-hire training in a broad range of pertinent topics.
John F. Warren, III, Ph.D., ABPP, PA-C

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