NAFFVN supports the International Critical Incident Foundation as a First Step Tool.  Click Here For more info and read Jeff Mitchel's dialogue on the 7 step process for a critical debrief. 

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Depression, Suicide Risk, Drug Addiction, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, Relationship Problems, Work Related Concerns, Psychological issues.


NAFFVN ALONG WITH AMERICAN ADDICTIONS CENTERS AND THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL have teamed up to provide 24/7/365 crisis coverage to support you on the front lines of your community. Use the number. It could save your life.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Click Here to download a poster presentation on mental health and safety from
American Addictions Centers and the Nationla Volunteer Fire Counsel.


 NAFFVN is featuring this training video with a warning:  it is both raw in its honesty and content.  Buddy up or review it at the station house.  It tells it like it is.  Watch and reflect on the content.  We welcome your thoughts.  Email to. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Firefighter mental health is an issue that many people do not think about. We strive daily to fight firefighter depression and firefighter stress.

The North American Firefighter Veteran Network aims to provide essential resources f or current and former firefighters and their families. Devoting one’s life to this sort of service can lead to many psychological problems due to trauma and other difficult circumstances. If you are concerned about firefighter mental health, you should rea d all of the information on this site. We regularly post updates about online support groups, therapy programs, and even seminars that are designed to help combat firefighter depression and firefighter stress. To learn more about what we do and how you can help, contact us. We hope that you will join us in our battle to bring about awareness that firefighter mental health is a true concern in our society.



New First Responder Treatment now available on line

Connect to the New Technology:   Alberta Canada BasedNAFFVN Approved;  Psychiatry Online Canada  We are no longer restricted to being rural or out of reach to competent psych support. Connect to the link and see if it works for your situation. 


New resource in recovery that meets a Gold Standard for firefighter and ems personal who are battling PTSD, Depression and Addictions. 


You have choices for when and how you commit.  Use your common sense along with the people who set this program up.  By first responder veterans about first responder veterans.  As we sayhere on this site about our advocacy:  "Not About Me Without Me".  The firefighterveterans in this video speak the truth and have the tools in the tool box for you.



July and August 2015 Updates and Discussion of PTS wounding in the FireService;
NAFFVN recognizes the efforts of the IAFF International Association of Firefighters in their campaign of awareness and educational outreach to unionized fire service personal in Canada and the United States. This in depth informative discussion will have a direct impact on your level of awareness and provides a point of discussion amongst the crews in the firehouses. Watch Listen Learn Discuss and change the attitudes at your level....this is a MUST VIEW Gold Standard outreach from the International.



Serve and Protect  15 minute Video.

We have watched this you tube video and approve of it's message for ALL FIRST RESPONDERS.  Take a time out with yourself and review the content in a comfortable setting. The author is a long serving L.E.O. and a Fire Chaplin.   The video offers an excellent insight into our thoughts and response to ptsd along with some very helpful tools you can use in the tool box of understanding.  NAFFVN GOLD RATING.  Watch and learn.  Also share with your partners or as a station drill.



N.A.F.F.V.N. Mission Statement:

Fire Fighters and First Responders are being increasingly challenged to meet operational assignment demands. Incident complexity and a rise in personnel time demands have lead to amplified stress levels. This is causing individuals to carry more and more responsibilities with fewer opportunities to recover from assignments.

Acute stress, job burn out and post traumatic stress reactions on the front line are becoming more evident in North America. We all need to become better educated in order to respond to the needs of the First Responders. Education has the power to move a negative outcome into a positive one. First Responders, both professional and volunteer, will have access to the educational tools on this website in order to grow and learn within their discipline.

N.A.F.F.V.N. is dedicated to the education of fire fighters, and first responders. We will provide up to date information as well as current Internet links to stress-related websites.

F.I.R.S.T.   S.T.E.P.   H.O.P.E

Fire Fighter
Response to

Sound Off
Tell a Friend or Co worker, someone you trust
Employ all available means of assistance including competent
Psychological help from someone trained in stress / asd / ptsd assesment treatment.

Prior to
Engaging in process or Exiting the Profession.


Shannon H. Pennington, Senior Chief


Surrey firefighter’s funeral raises awareness for PTSD - Click Here


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Removing The Stigma of Mental Illness

Dr de Blois uses Mindfullness Training along with Equine Assisted the link below to view her web site and view her extensive credentials. She is a highly certified Trauma Informed Clinician.

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Station House’s residential program is designed to help first responders overcome substance addiction. The program is exclusive to first responders.

“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath—a wolf.



They can help you get back to the job or to a new beginning and quality of life with the tools necessary to master critical incident stress.



Stephanie Conn, Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C., specializing in issues affecting emergency services personnel. Former law enforcement officer and CISM peer support.  Vancouver B.C.


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