Supporting our Firefighters

Resources to help yourself, a coworker, family member or friend through common occupational stressors

Firefighters Helping Firefighters

This resource consists of a series of brief videos in which you can learn about stress, mental health, treatment, and effects on loved ones from more than two dozen firefighters and supervisors in the fire service.

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RIT Tools for Suicide Prevention

This resource consists of resources to help fire service personnel and their loved ones recognize and respond to warning signs of suicide.

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After a Critical Incident

This resource helps fire service personnel determine when professional help is needed and learn what types of treatment may be offered.

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"You never know what is coming next. We have all seen bad things, and there is always the fear that the next worst thing is coming soon."

Captain – 12 years of service

"We have this macho bravado that we don't need anybody, that we do all the rescuing and we don't need anybody to rescue us – not true at all! The first thing you need to do is to be honest with yourself and recognize that you have a problem and then find the person you feel comfortable with."

Battalion Chief – 15 years of service


The development of these resources has been led by faculty and staff at the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles, College of Nursing, and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. They were created in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and with funding support from the Department of Homeland Security via the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). The team is committed to improving the well-being of individuals who have experienced emotional and behavioral problems as a result of major life stressors, including occupational stressors.

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