Cook for a cause this holiday season. The union representing firefighters and paramedics in San Mateo County has released a new cookbook and plans to use proceeds from its sales to fund behavioral health services for local first responders.
Transport Medic Ruby Siero-Tanti led and directed the creation of the cookbook, called Code 7 Recipes For The Soul, Cooking with First Responders.
The compilation of recipes was submitted by firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers in San Mateo County. Recipes are divided into sections including breakfast, bread, appetizers, marinades, sauces, salads, side dishes, main dishes and desserts.
The idea for the cookbook came from the union’s Peer Support Group, a team of firefighters, transport paramedics and dispatchers working to provide stress management and behavioral health information to local first responders. Members of the Peer Support Group are not counselors but receive training in the basics of peer counseling and behavioral health issues such as suicide, post-trauma and substance abuse. They regularly visit stations to ensure first responders can access their support services.