Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff
When others need our help
Who do we turn to
When we need help
We are there
Firefighters every day may find themselves dealing with:
You Are Not Alone
We Can Help
Ready to Help
OAPFF PEER Support
We are listening
It's okay to ask for help
If you are having a crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
If your department has experienced a tragedy, or critical incident and would like to request a peer support team response please contact one of the following district coordinators.
"Peer Support helps us feel safe, like we can trust somone from the same background with our thoughts, feelings and experiences"
OAPFF PEEER Support members are First Responders too. This allows them to help others deal with the issues that we see and deal with on a daily basis.
All interactions with an OAPFF PEER Support member are 100% confidential. We will never give out private information to other entities or members without your expressed permission.
Many First Responders deal with the same issues that you are going through right now. We are here to help, It's okay to ask for help, It's what we are here for.
Sleep problems are a common symptom for people who are recovering from traumatic events.
The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism.
Most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It's a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or injured self-esteem.
When it comes to alcohol consumption, how much is too much? And, do firefighters drink too much?
It is normal to have stress reactions after a traumatic event. Your emotions and behavior can change in ways that are upsetting to you.
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.
The OAPFF Peer Support Team will guide members who are struggling to resources which may be helpful in the path toward gaining assistance. Peer Support Team members have been trained in therapeutic communication, crisis intervention, and community resource networking.
They can provide assistance to both active and retired firefighters who are experiencing behavioral health and/or addiction issues. Peer Support Team Members act as a bridge to outside definitive behavioral health/addiction treatment.
Research shows that fire personnel who balance physical, behavioral, and emotional fitness have the best outcomes, whether one is looking at adjustment to becoming a fire fighter, ratings of career satisfaction, family well-being, or adjustment to retirement.
Click on the map to see a larger image. Choose the coorsponding 'District' link to see a list of available PEER Support members.
This is fact..
As a first responder, you dedicate your life to your community. You enter headlong into situations where accidents and catastrophic events cause injuries and casualties.
You think it's embarrassing to have PTSD, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts? In your line of work, it's far more common than you think. View the story of a SLC Fire Captain's journey to the end of the road, and how he made it back. Suicide Sucks as your solution. This is one video you don't want to miss.
Your reactions to critical events are normal; the situations you have witnessed are what’s unusual. You are human and have been immersed in catastrophic and risky experiences that could affect anyone. Even with training, crisis events can cause trauma.
Staying Well - A message to First Responders in the Opioid Crisis. Great video on the effects the Opioid Crisis has on First Responders.