New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Firefighter Behavioral Health: Protecting Our Own Resource Center

Firefighters are fantastic problem solvers; the public calls on us to manage every crisis imaginable. Part of being a firefighter includes exposure to traumatic events. Quite simply – bad runs happen. Firefighters are regular people. They have families, homes, bills to pay, and people to answer to outside of the fire house. Put all this together and, as a profession, it's no wonder why firefighters have higher rates of divorce, alcoholism, substance abuse, and suicide than civilians.

Under a grant from the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs has developed this web page with resources and tips for what you and your department can and should do to protect the physical and mental well being of your members. Keeping firefighters happy and protecting our own is an inside job!

For information on hosting a Firefighter Behavior Health: Protecting Our Own Workshop, email NYSAFC Grants Administrator Sue Syzdek.

Resources:


If you or a fellow firefighter feel suicidal or need help now for any reason, contact Safe Call Now at (206) 459-3020 or visit www.safecallnow.org. Do not delay!

Links to Additional Firefighter Behavioral Health Resources:
Suicide in the Fire Service:
Links for EAP and Professional Counselors:
  • Helping Heroes (web-based training for providers working with firefighters)