Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments
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 vetted behavioral health professionals that either have firsthand experience with the fire and emergency services or have completed a training course through the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance 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 as new providers are added.
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 specialists 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.
Training for fire department leaders to supplement the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments: Implementation Toolkit is being developed. Stay tuned for updates on its release.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.