Building the Psychological Strength of Fire Fighters
OSI-CAN is proud to administer Resilient Minds, an evidence informed, peer-to-peer, skill-building program designed by and for career and volunteer fire fighters across Canada.
Innovative and Evidence-Informed – Volunteer and Career Fire Fighters – Resilient Minds is a skills and resilience development training course designed by and for fire fighters using the latest literature on resilience, stress and stress-related injuries.
Fire Fighters Train Fire Fighters – Using a peer-to-peer model of instruction, the Volunteer and Career Fire Fighters – Resilient Minds curriculum is taught by fire fighters to fire fighters.
Volunteer and Career Fire Fighters – Resilient Minds is the only training program designed to train both career and volunteer fire fighters and takes into consideration the differences in experience and resources available to the two groups.
Volunteer and Career Fire Fighters – Resilient Minds will increase the ability to:
- Recognize the effects of psychological stress/trauma in self and peers
- Communicate with peers who may be struggling
- Respond promptly, safely and appropriately to distressed citizens
- Apply personal strategies for managing stress, mitigating trauma and boosting resilience
Volunteer and Career Fire Fighters – Resilient Minds is the only training program designed to equip both career and volunteer fire fighters, considering the need for differences in experience and resources available between the two groups. According to the National Fire and Paramedic Association (NFPA), more than 80% of Canada’s fire fighters are volunteer-based, with significant less access to training and development opportunities afforded to career fire fighters.
The Canadian Mental Health Association is committed to support fire fighters in a way that is specific to their occupational stressors.