Western Lane Crisis Response (WLCR)
Western Lane Crisis Response (WLCR) (MCR) 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 Western Lane Crisis Response team, please call (541) 997-3212 or Email Camille
Western Lane Crisis Response Program Director
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.
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 MCR team and give back to the community.
Jasper was born and raised in rural Lane County and has lived everywhere from Dunes City to Deadwood. She is excited to be able to server her community and looks forward to working with her amazing MCR team.
Kathy works for PeaceHealth Hospital as a medical assistant (MA). She joined the MCR 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.
Richard is an ex Alaskan bush rat who moved to the family farm on Sweet Creek Road, Mapleton, in 2000. Being a Mapleton fire fighter volunteer he became involved with the communities of Mapleton and Florence and wanted to be more involved so he joined the good guys by joining the MCR team.
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 youhth in a mental health setting. Jaz is married to Taz (yes, Jaz and Tax, lol) with a beautiful daughter. Has has always had a passion for helping others and is excited to be part of the MCR team helping in the community.
Montana recently moved to Florence where she lives with her partner and two cats. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Studies and is working towards a Masters in Social Work. Montana has experience working as a health programs specialist, community organizer, and outreach worker and is excited to contribute her abilities to the MCR program and to the community. In her freetime, Montana enjoys hiking, watching Marvel movies, and photography. She is thrilled to be a part of a hard-working and dedicated team!
Ian is happy to have the opportunity to work with WLFEA’s Mobile Crisis Response Unit- 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 MCR posted their hiring announcement he jumped on the opportunity to get on the front lines as a mental health responder.