Many of our LAFD Members recently became IAFF Trained Peer Supporters and have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide support to their peers; educate brothers and sisters about behavioral health (e.g., PTSD and resilience); serve as a bridge to behavioral health programs and community resources; and build or enhance their peer support programs.
The stresses faced by fire service members throughout the course of their careers – multiple casualty events, violence, injury to children and the inherent dangers of fire fighting – can have a cumulative impact on mental health and well-being. Peer support programs have been demonstrated to be an effective method for providing support to occupational groups, including fire fighters.
Please click HERE for more information on the IAFF Peer Support Training
Please click HERE for a roster of IAFF Trained Peer Supporters from the LAFD.
Dr. Steve F. Froehlich, Ph.D., MFT 7666
Director of Behavioral Health, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City
Cell: 818-645-9027 (call or text)
Thank you Brendan McDonough for addressing the IAFF Peer Support Training Class held at the UFLAC Office. Brendan shared his personal experiences and the necessity for a Peer Support Program.