Serving South Bend, IN and Surrounding Areas.

Industry Affiliations

Association Memberships

At First Response Disaster Restoration Specialists, we take great pride in our many industry affiliations. As a community-oriented business, we want our clients to rest assured that they are in good hands when they trust our team at First Response. Our industry affiliations, spanning from the Better Business Bureau to the Restoration Industry Association and beyond, showcase our commitment to serving you to the best of our ability. Feel free to peruse this list of our different industry affiliations, and contact our team members with any questions that may arise.

Government Services Administration

Government Services Administration, Also known as Government Contracting, First Response passed the extensive background checks in order to be issued a government contract for the next 20 years.  This contract allows First Response to work with any any state or federal entity requiring our disaster restoration services.

Better Business Bureau
Better Business Bureau, BBB Accreditation is an honor – and not every business is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to seek BBB accreditation. Businesses deemed to meet Accreditation Standards are presented to the BBB’s Board (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business.

Building Owners

Building Owners & Managers Association, Providing Commercial Real Estate Professionals with the opportunity to work together for professional growth, corporate profit, and the benefit of the communities served. BOMA is a premier network of over 18,000 commercial real estate professionals.

St. Joseph
St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, (Established 1909) South Bend, Indiana, is a catalyst organization, leading businesses and the community to achieve an environment ripe for growth and expansion. We offer leadership, advocacy, programs and resources, all aimed at creating a pro-business climate. We create and convene powerful partnerships that leverage the talents and resources of our member businesses. Everything the Chamber does is to create a climate where businesses can grow and prosper. The Chamber serves as the umbrella organization for its affiliated partners.

The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce has been “Leading Business … Leading our Community” since 1926. With active volunteers and business members, the Chamber is poised to lead the Elkhart County economy through the 21st Century.

Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce
The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the needs of Businesses and the Community. For A List of Businesses registered with the Chamber of Commerce.

South Gateway Association
South Gateway Association, With more than 150 member businesses, the South Gateway Association is St. Joseph County’s largest business association. Action is the focus for the group’s leaders who have spurred many recent improvements, including the beautification and upgrade of area buildings, as well as backing a significant campaign to reduce crime.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is a national association representing the interests of insurance and financial advisors nationwide, through its federation of state and local associations. As the nation’s largest financial services membership association, NAIFA plays a vital role in encouraging legislation and regulation at the federal and state levels to protect consumers and maintain a healthy and well-regulated marketplace. NAIFA also provides its members with education, training and sales resources to help them maintain and grow their practices.

International Association of Insurance Professionals
International Association of Insurance Professionals, The International Association of Insurance Professionals serves its members by providing professional education, an environment in which to build business alliances and the opportunity to make connections with people of differing career paths and levels of experience within the insurance industry.

National Federation of Independent Business  (NFIB)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the National Federation of Independent Business, is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. NFIB also gives its members power in the marketplace by giving members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely informational resources designed to help business owners succeed.

Society for Human Resource Management
Society for Human Resource Management , The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. SHRM serves the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources available.

Restoration Industry Association
Restoration Industry Association , The Restoration Industry Association or RIA (formerly ASCR) is the oldest and largest non-profit, professional trade association dedicated to providing leadership and promoting best practices through advocacy, standards and professional qualifications for the restoration industry. Representing over 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals from 1,100 member firms specializing in textiles, environmental issues and restoration, RIA provides education and business improvement events to advance knowledge in the cleaning and restoration industry. With an extensive network of professionals working towards similar goals, RIA has become a trusted resource of knowledge for those involved in cleaning and restoration.

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification , The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, a division of ASCR International, was formed in 1972 to serve as an independent, non-profit certification body to set and promote high standards and ethics, and to advance communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industry.

  • First Response is a Certified Firm
  • Certified Fire & Storm Restoration Technicians
  • Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Certified Odor Control Technicians
  • Certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians
  • Certified Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians

Indoor Air Quality Association
Indoor Air Quality Association The Indoor Air Quality Association was established in 1995 to promote the Indoor Air Quality industry. Since its inception, IAQA has become a leader in training and education for IAQ practitioners. The association is committed to education and research, and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the emerging IAQ field. IAQA is a non-profit, multi-disciplined organization, dedicated to promoting the exchange of indoor environmental information for the safety and well-being of the general public.

Certified Restorer
Certified Restorer®, The Certified Restorer® (CR) Certification Program focuses on damage repair and raising committed restorers to a higher level of professional ability. Education and study address both buildings and personal contents of properties and are based on the structure and nature of materials and the effects of various perils. Restoration theory addresses the mechanisms by which residue odors are removed. Toxic contamination, allergic response, water damage, contracts, and insurance are also covered. The CERTIFIED RESTORER Certification Program is widely recognized as the pre-eminent training program in damage repair.

Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency, EPA—Lead Safe Certified Firm, requires individuals conducting lead-based paint activities (abatement, inspection and risk assessment) targeting housing and child-occupied facilities to be trained and certified. The trainers are accredited to ensure quality, and certified individuals must follow specific work practices ensuring that lead hazards are addressed.

Critical Environmental Reconstruction Contractor
Critical Environmental Reconstruction Contractor Critical Environmental Reconstruction Contractor—The Linders Health Institute makes healthcare construction activities safer while ensuring compliance standards mandated by key organizations. Their course, “Best Practices for Infection Control in the Environment of Care for Disaster Reconstruction Contractors,” is Critical Environment Reconstruction Contractors (CERC) accredited.

Xactware, Xactware Solutions provides computer software solutions for professionals involved in estimating all phases of building and repair.

We take great pride in our many industry affiliations. As a community-oriented business, we want our clients to rest assured that they are in good hands when they trust our team at First Response. If you have any questions after browsing through our list of industry affiliations, don't hesitate to give one of our team members a call.

Contact First Response Today for Superior Restoration Services

First Response Disaster Restoration Specialists is a family owned company with an expert team that has the experience needed to provide South Bend with quality restoration services. Whether your property is residential, commercial or industrial, we’d love to show you why we are one of the area’s leading choices for restoring places back to suitable conditions. Contact us today for services in South Bend, and you'll receive professional assistance for all your restoration needs.