Captain Patrick Brown had a saying:

“When they need help they call us, But when we need help, all we have is each other. It’s a BROTHERHOOD!”

Capt. Patrick Brown – FDNY 3Truck

Mission Statement:

The Paddy Brown Program (PBP) provides support and financial assistance to post-9/11 members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces offering the resources needed to transition back into civilian life. Built around a national mentorship program, PBP offers access to employment and professional development opportunities in the first responder sector.

Paddy Brown Program

Below is an outline of what the program is all about. Which is to say, Veteran Mentors helping Veteran Mentees achieve the goal that they desire. Here is where you will find the information in regards to what the roles of mentors and mentees are and what is expected from both. Once you become part of the program or if you think that there is anything that we can improve upon, please feel free to contact us at:


Local Mentors– Your goal as a Local Mentor is to guide and help the individual mentee to become the best candidate possible for employment as a fire/law/emergency service member. Your experience and knowledge are your most valuable tools in your performance as a mentor. Use them as best possible.  The Paddy Brown Program (PBP) is here to give you as much support as possible so you can help your mentee succeed emotionally, physically and professionally.

Duties & Expectations of a Mentor:

Keep in mind the mission statement of the PBP-our desired end state is to obtain and maintain public service employment for transitioning veterans.

You will be assigned to one of 6 geographic regions, reporting directly to a Regional Mentor.

You will be assigned anywhere from 1 to 5 mentees based on mentee needs and geographical location as well as your personal preference and availability.

Your role is to support your mentee by guiding and helping the individual become the best candidate possible for employment as a fire/law/emergency service member.

You will be required to be in contact with your mentee at least once a month, unless otherwise requested. Communication can be in person, by phone or electronically. Mode of communication is to be determined by what works best for both parties.

Your first step is to complete a mentee assessment to better understand their needs, goals, abilities/inabilities. Regional Mentors are available to help Local Mentors with the assessment when needed.

Progress reports must be kept and submitted to the Regional Mentors quarterly in the form of a Quarterly Action Report (QAR). The reports enable PBP to track the progress of each mentee and ensure the necessary support is available for both parties.

As a Mentor of the PBP, you will be vetting your assigned mentee for additional support. This support may include financial support for external classes as well as sponsorship to conferences and other programs designed to aid in training and career development. Financial support to these programs is limited so PBP relies heavily upon the recommendations of mentors to determine where funds should be directed.

Continue your relationship with your mentee beyond their initial offer of employment.  Feel free to adjust contact requirements as you see fit. It is important that we continue to support our mentees throughout their careers.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please fill in the form located here.


The intent of the Paddy Brown Program is to assist you in finding and securing employment and professional development opportunities in fire service, law enforcement, and emergency services. This mentorship program is a great opportunity to network with other veterans and first responders, to receive the most up to date information and resources.  You will benefit from the support of a mentor who understands your situation and has made the successful transition from military life to a first responder position.

There are certain expectations of you in order to be accepted and remain in the Paddy Brown Program.  These are outlined below.  For more information, please contact us at

Duties & Expectations of a Mentee:

Once you have been paired with a Local Mentor, you must be in contact with him/her at least once a month.  Communication can be in person, by phone or electronically. Mode of communication can be determined by what works best for the mentee/mentor.

Your mentor is there to help you. We ask you to keep an open mind to suggestions and ideas given.

You must keep your mentor up to date with any status changes.

If there are any challenges or difficulties that you encounter, either in your search for employment or during your professional development, PBP is here to help.

If you are interested in joining the program and becoming a Mentee, and receiving the services that we provide, please fill in and submit the form located here.

If there is something that you think we can improve upon, or something that we have not thought of, that you would like to see in the program, please feel free to contact us at: