When others need our help


Who do we turn to

When we need help

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Firefighters every day may find themselves dealing with:


Drug Abuse



Problematic Drinking


You Are Not Alone
We Can Help


PEER Supporters
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We are listening

It's okay to ask for help

Need Immediate Help?

If you are having a crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

PEER Support Services

Individual Peer Supporters

These peer supporters are available to assist Ohio firefighters looking for individual and confidential help.

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Peer Support Teams

If your department has experienced a tragedy, or critical incident and would like to request a peer support team response please contact one of the following district coordinators.

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"Peer Support helps us feel safe, like we can trust somone from the same background with our thoughts, feelings and experiences"


OAPFF PEEER Support members are First Responders too. This allows them to help others deal with the issues that we see and deal with on a daily basis.


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Problematic Drinking

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism.

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Most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It's a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or injured self-esteem.

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Drug Abuse

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It is normal to have stress reactions after a traumatic event. Your emotions and behavior can change in ways that are upsetting to you. 

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Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.

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Peer Supporters Ready To Help

The OAPFF Peer Support Team will guide members who are struggling to resources which may be helpful in the path toward gaining assistance.  Peer Support Team members have been trained in therapeutic communication, crisis intervention, and community resource networking.

They can provide assistance to both active and retired firefighters who are experiencing behavioral health and/or addiction issues. Peer Support Team Members act as a bridge to outside definitive behavioral health/addiction treatment.

Research shows that fire personnel who balance physical, behavioral, and emotional fitness have the best outcomes, whether one is looking at adjustment to becoming a fire fighter, ratings of career satisfaction, family well-being, or adjustment to retirement.

Find Help

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This is fact..


First Responder Suicides in 2016, almost twice the line of duty deaths


Career and volunteer firefighters suffer from PTSD Nationwide


OAPFF PEER Supporters Ready To Help

We are here to help, don't become a statistic.

Bringing awareness and reducing the stigma of firefighters having PTSD.

Rescue 4 PTSD

Dear Fire Service Brothers and Sisters, 

 In 2017 firefighter suicides outnumbered Line of Duty Deaths. We have fought to increase safety, reduce cancer risk and now we need to add mental health. The IAFF and NVFC has strongly promoted the need for mental health and has opened up resources to help us. The problems firefighters are struggling with are knowing the symptoms and admitting they have them. I was one of those firefighters. 

I was diagnosed in 2007 with PTSD and have battled myself for 11 years. Through triathlon as a form of cognitive behavior therapy I have been able to reduce symptoms and live again. Firefighter’s nature to appear strong has decreased their ability to open up about PTSD. Therefore they do not seek help. We have many resources available to us, but they do us no good if we don’t admit to ourselves we need help. 

We are raising $25,000 for the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation (NFFF) to directly provide free programs that will help raise awareness for PTSD symptoms and be accessible to all firefighters. I am asking for $100 donation from your department or local union to my Rescue4PTSD campaign. I would love a patch to add to my turnout gear as a way of uniting all of us in recognizing the need for PTSD awareness. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to the NFFF. Receipts will be emailed directly from the donation site. 

My race goal will be to finish Ironman Louisville October 14th, 2018. A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 miles in full firefighter gear. I am doing this for all of us, please help me, help firefighter’s that may be suffering in silence. 


Diana Woolf OFE 

Highland Hills Fire Department 

James Woolf 

Twinsburg Fire Department IAFF Local 3630 


 Send patch or donation via mail (Please make checks out to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation): 

Diana Woolf 

10010 Hazelton Road 

Streetsboro, Ohio 44241 

More Info--> rescue4ptsd.com


Firefighter completing Iron Man Challenge


fireman at a building fire

Self-Care Techniques

As a first responder, you dedicate your life to your community. You enter headlong into situations where accidents and catastrophic events cause injuries and casualties.

Suicide Sucks

You think it's embarrassing to have PTSD, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts? In your line of work, it's far more common than you think. View the story of a SLC Fire Captain's journey to the end of the road, and how he made it back. Suicide Sucks as your solution. This is one video you don't want to miss.

Reactions to Trauma

Your reactions to critical events are normal; the situations you have witnessed are what’s unusual. You are human and have been immersed in catastrophic and risky experiences that could affect anyone. Even with training, crisis events can cause trauma.

Staying Well

Staying Well - A message to First Responders in the Opioid Crisis. Great video on the effects the Opioid Crisis has on First Responders.