Western Lane Crisis Response (WLCR)
Western Lane Crisis Response (WLCR) responds to the scene of various emergencies in the greater Florence community (including upriver communities like Mapleton and SwissHome-Deadwood). We offer support and guidance to community members who find themselves faced with unexpected traumatic situations and/or mental health crises. We provide emotional support, assessment, community resources and follow up to help our community members navigate their way through difficult and unfortunate times. Some of our written resources, including booklets on grief, children’s grief, community resources and first responder stress, are available here on the website for the general public. Please feel free to download any of these resources or contact us at the fire station at (541) 997-3212. We will make every effort to return your call by the end of the business day.
To join our WLCR team, please call (541) 997-3212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WLCR Program Director
Camille has been with WLCR since 2019. She was a medical assistant for 10 years. Camille has always had a passion for helping people and wanting to make a difference. She was a volunteer firefighter with SVFR and EMT with WLAD. She joined WLCR because of her passion for helping others. Camille became the WLCR manager at the beginning of 2022 and has many goals for WLCR. Camille loves being outdoors and especially loves the beach. Every chance she gets, Camille and her husband are enjoying the water and looking for agates. They have a dog named Ranger, a bunny named Blue Moon, and a cat named Mazikeen. She is going to school to become a social worker.
Melissa is a portrait photographer and has lived in Florence with her husband Matt for over 20 years. She has experience as a volunteer Firefighter and is a Water Rescue Diver. Melissa loves soaking up the sunshine and being in or on the water. She also loves hiking, animals, scuba diving, snorkeling and vacationing with her husband. Melissa is passionate about helping others and is excited to be part of the WLCR team and give back to the community.
Joseph Bernard, Ph.D. in Psychology has been a counselor, alcohol and drug treatment therapist, life coach, management consultant, trainer, teacher, workshop leader, speaker, writer, yoga and fitness instructor, and competitive athlete. He presently has a passion for helping people, well-being, walking in nature and playing table tennis.
Dave has been with WLCR since 2019. He has been a board member of Mapletion Fire Department since 2002 and a volunteer EMT/Firefighter since 2005. He is currently the Assistant Chief at Mapleton Fire. He has also worked for WLAD as an EMT since 2006. Dave loves volunteering in our community to help with various needs and social programs.
Kathy works for PeaceHealth Hospital as a medical assistant (MA). She joined the WLCR team in 2020 because of her passion for caring for people. She describes herself as a “born caregiver”. When she is not working, Kathy enjoys spending time with her wonderful sons and granddaughters.
Jazilynn (Jaz) has worked in the medical for over the last 5 years. She has a wide variety of experience including working with adults and youth in a mental health setting. Jaz is married to Taz (yes, Jaz and Taz, lol) with a beautiful daughter. She has always had a passion for helping others and is excited to be part of the WLCR team helping in the community.
Ian is happy to have the opportunity to work with WLFEA’s Western Lane Crisis Response team – a proven mechanism for providing specialized assistance in appropriate situations as well as liberating our Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement resources to be available for their next call. As a school nurse, he sees first hand the challenges that many of our family, friends and neighbors navigate every day. The circumstances that make the difference between smooth sailing and catastrophe are not as great or distant as we sometimes allow ourselves to believe. To be a support to people in their time of need- be it financial, psychological, emotional or physical- is a privilege that he fully appreciates.
Karl made a mid-life career change from finance to health care and recently completed certification as a medical assistant. His goal was to get into the mental health field, seeing how the Florence region was vastly underserved. When WLCR posted their hiring announcement he jumped on the opportunity to get on the front lines as a mental health responder.
Lewis grew up in Florence and after traveling the world and the US, has temporarily returned to his hometown. He is fully fluent in French and Spanish and is pursuing a graduate degree in psychology. He has volunteered for NGO’s in Madagascar and Ecuador and also volunteers his time with Siuslaw Outreach Services. His passions include hiking, kayaking, camping, mindfullness, and disc golf. He has always had an interest in serving his community and is glad to be part of the WLCR team.