New Training Helps Leaders Create a Psychologically Healthy Fire Department

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The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released a new course in its Virtual Classroom on Creating a Psychologically Healthy Fire Department. The course is designed to empower fire department leadership to promote and support healthy, high-performing fire/EMS departments.

Based on the framework of the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments (PHFD) initiative, this course focuses on six key practices – member involvement, health and safety, member growth and development, work-life balance, member recognition, and effective communication – to facilitate member well-being and department functioning. NVFC courses are always free to members, and this course is also being offered free for a limited time to everyone.

The course is the latest resource available through the PHFD initiative, a partnership between the NVFC, American Psychological Association, and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance to support firefighters and EMS providers and create healthy, successful departments. Maintaining a psychologically healthy fire department provides a positive work environment for responders while enhancing department performance. Other components of the initiative include the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments: Implementation Toolkit and a directory of behavioral health professionals that are ready and equipped to help first responders and their families.

Learn more about the PHFD initiative and access resources at Take the new course in the NVFC Virtual Classroom.