Helping Our Own
August 6, 2019

Did you know?

More first responders are dying by suicide than in the line of duty each year.

First responders encounter situations that the public may never see in their lifetime.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted the Firefighter Life Safety Summit, which released sixteen Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. Initiative 13 states that firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.

Swatara Fire Rescue has launched an Emergency Services Peer Support & Employee Assistance Program for our volunteers.

This program will offer trained peer support, a 24/7 confidential toll free number as well as will provide 3 visits to a licensed professional for volunteers and their families.

Available services include:
- Marital/Family Therapy
- Mental Health Counseling
- Critical Incident Stress Management
- Stress Management Support
- Substance Use Disorder Treatment
- Referrals for Financial Counseling

We are one of the first volunteer organizations in Central Pennsylvania to establish this type of program and we hope that this trend will continue to grow across our area.