Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments

The Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments initiative provides tools and resources to support responder health and wellbeing. Scroll this page or use the following navigation links to learn more and access resources.

Directory of Behavioral Health Professionals

Emergency responders face unique challenges that can have a significant impact on behavioral health, and it is important that they have access to providers that understand this. The providers listed in this directory are behavioral health professionals vetted by the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) that either have firsthand experience with the fire and emergency services or have completed a training course through the FBHA to educate them on the fire service and the specific challenges they face. In addition to licensed healthcare professionals, there are other resources for assistance such as chaplains and peer support specialists. The directory is updated once a month.

Download the Directory.

Behavioral health specialists who would like to be added to this directory can fill out this form.  Please note, if you do not have firsthand experience with the fire and emergency services, you will need to complete the training course through the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance. Details will be provided once you complete the form.

If you have feedback you would like to provide on the directory, use this form.

Below is a map of locations of the behavioral health professionals currently included in the directory. You can click in the map to move it around, use the zoom in/zoom out buttons, and click on the pins for the name and location of the provider. Full profiles and contact information is available in the directory.

 

Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments: Implementation Toolkit

The Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments: Implementation Toolkit is designed to help fire department leaders promote and foster well-being among their members. Having a healthy and engaged workforce creates successful, high-performing departments. The toolkit covers the six key categories of member involvement, health and safety, member growth and development, work-life balance, member recognition, and effective communication. Each category is examined along with specific actions that can be taken, special issues to consider, case studies from successful departments, and additional resources.

Download the toolkit.

Training

Training has been developed to supplement the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments: Implementation Toolkit and help leaders create a psychologically healthy fire department. A course is available in the NVFC Virtual Classroom and is currently being offered for free to everyone.

Access the course.

You can also request the Creating a Psychologically Healthy Fire Department training course in-person for your next event. Access the application form here. Please note that the training request will be reviewed by NVFC staff and members of the NVFC Board of Directors. You must anticipate at least 15 students.

About the Initiative

The National Volunteer Fire Council, in partnership with the American Psychological Association and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, launched the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments initiative to support firefighters and EMS providers and create healthy, successful departments. It is made possible thanks to a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

If you have questions about this initiative or any of its components, contact program manager Caroline Stachowiak at caroline@nvfc.org.