Firefighter Peer Support: An Inside Job
This class examines the relationship between traumatic stress, sleep deprivation, and alcohol use disorder in the fire service. It next discusses what we do and do not know about firefighter suicide and provides specific guidance about what to do when confronted with a suicidal firefighter. Next, the five methods of engagement used in fire service peer support to proactively and reactively address behavioral health and addiction issues are described. Finally, seven key qualities of a clinician who wishes to work with firefighters are evaluated, which will allow attendees to assess the specific characteristics that firefighters deem valuable in a clinical setting. All of this provides a well-rounded discussion of the major behavioral health, cultural, and treatment issues facing the fire service and the best practices to address them and provide for recovery.