About Engine House 87

4th generation firefighter, Pete Adams

Much of the tradition and motivation of today’s first responders stems from the actions of the brave souls who were armed with little more than a rubber coat, wooden ladder and usually a less than adequate stream of water.

As a 4th generation firefighter, Pete Adams founded Engine House 87 to share education, and opinions with the first responder family and those they serve. His passion was honed over the years as a firefighter, training officer and chief of a volunteer department’s fire prevention and public education efforts. Many years later, he acquired invaluable insight into the realm of trauma and crisis management resulting from 6,000 hours of training and on the ground experience as a volunteer Crisis Response Team Leader.

This site is inspired by the quiet heroics, dedication, and empathy that resides within each man and woman who serve their friends, family and community when something bad happens.

What to say... what to do! Emotional first aid when something bad happens. Engine House 87 is a not-for-profit organization providing education and support of traumatic after incident trauma and emotional first aid. When a fire or sudden death strikes, the trauma of such a catastrophic event is overwhelming for those involved. The "crisis victims" experience confusion, panic, grief and anger. Whether a first responder, neighbor, friend or relative, you may be called upon to react and provide support. Support in the form of "emotional first aid". As a responder to the crisis, your mission is to manage this fluctuating and often complex situation. Prepare yourself, become familiar with the various scenarios experienced.