Welcome and Introduction


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Course Description

This 1-hour workshop explains what Peer Support is, what is not, and guidelines how a trained peer supporter can help each other.

Mental health for first responders has recently become a popular topic throughout the fire industry. The suicide rates for firefighters has exceeded line-of-duty deaths for the past five years. Because there is no mandatory tracking system for confirming these competed suicides, we realize this may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Peer Support is non-professional peer-to-peer counseling that creates the conversations that help normalize difficult and culturally stigmatized emotional and psychological struggles. Peer Support also bridges the gap between firefighters and their families accessing professional resources.

  • Defining the Peer Support model
  • Peer Support vs C.I.S.M.
  • Proactive vs Reactionary
  • Confidentiality
  • This is just between us
  • Loose lips sink ships
  • Telephone, tele-friend, tele-firefighter
  • How to approach a struggling peer using the peer support L.C.E.S. model
  • Challenge with compassion
  • Listen, Listen, and Listen some more
  • Pitfalls to avoid when providing peer-to-peer counseling
  • Don’t try to fix it
  • Meet them where they are at not where you think they should be
  • “I know exactly how you feel” – List of things not to say
  • Resources available (www.NNPSN.com)

Derek Reid

Derek Reid is the President and Founder of the NNPSN. He is a career Fire Captain with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and has served in the fire and EMS industry for 25 years. Derek spent his first six years in EMS as a paramedic on an ALS ambulance with REMSA. Derek began his fire career in 1999 at Central Lyon County Fire Protection District and took advantageof further career opportunities with the Nevada Division of Forestry, Sierra Fire Protection District, and Reno FireDepartment. He has been an educator with Truckee Meadows Community College and serves as an Instructor / Facilitator for the Phi Theta Kappa International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute.

Derek spearheaded the first comprehensive mental health wellness program for Truckee Meadows Fire. As founder and lead for their Peer Support Team, he was instrumental in starting the Chaplain program and on-boarding of Truckee Meadows Fire's first licensed psychologist. In addition, he is the former Water Entry Special Team leader, and Instructor for the Officer Development School at Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. Derek is also published / co-contributor of Fire Standards through the Nevada Department of Education. Derek's vision is to build unity within the first responder.