By Allison Ward The Columbus Dispatch
The OAPFF Peer Support Team consists of approximately 30 firefighters from all 5 Ohio districts who have been trained in providing emotional and mental health support to our union brother and sister firefighters in the state of Ohio. OAPFF Peer Supporters have all received the IAFF Peer Support Training.
The OAPFF Peer Support Team may provide assistance to both active and retired firefighters who may be experiencing behavioral health and/or addiction issues.
The Peer Support Team may also assist Locals after a potentially traumatic event.
Peer Support Team Members act as a bridge to outside definitive behavioral health and/or addiction treatment. Peer Support Members are knowledgeable in local, regional, and state mental health resources.
Research shows that firefighters are more likely to accept treatment recommendations and assistance from peers.