Confidentially lighting the path to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being for our brothers and sisters without judgment.
1. The normalization of discussing behavioral health issues.
2. Connecting our members to the proper assistance they need.
IAFF L2400 PEER SUPPORT GROUP- WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
The Peer Support Group is a team of firefighters, transport paramedics and dispatchers that work to provide stress management and behavioral health information to the members of San Mateo County Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Transport Services.
Members of the Peer Support Group are not counselors. We are all Firefighters and Transport Paramedics with a desire to take care of our brothers and sisters. We regularly visit stations and we are here to direct you to licensed mental health specialists if needed.
Peer Support Members are trained initially for 2 days on general behavioral health issues (suicide, PTSD, substance abuse, etc.) and in Psychological First Aid (Peer counseling basics) by the IAFF.
Peer Support Group Members are bound by confidentiality. They will not share personal information with anyone.
Peer Support Group members act non-intrusively and do not ‘force themselves’ on firefighters or EMS personnel. Using the Peer Support Group is voluntary. We do not get involved in mandatory situations where the employee is being disciplined (unless invited by the employee). The Peer Support Group creates innovative ways to connect with the membership to show that it is ‘OK’ to discuss ‘Behavioral Health’ issues.
FIND PEER SUPPORT
We have trained 49 members to provide ‘Peer Support.’ The contact information for these members can be found by Logging into our FIRESTRONG SITE. In addition to our members trained in ‘Peer Support’ we have a whole host of tools available to be used for help, including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) contacts for each of our agencies.