Why was CSFF established?
…Because there is a sincere need.
Our nation's firefighters are faced with emotional needs that are very was established based on the
unique to their occupation. The percentage of firefighters struggling with
career related stress is very high. It manifests itself through higher
divorce rates and addictions such as alcohol, drugs or gambling. Another
major concern is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as
increasing rates of suicide. When symptoms occur, a firefighter needs a
support system in place that is readily accessible from someone who is
qualified and truly understands his/her circumstances.
About the Workshop Author:
Counseling Services for Fire Fighters, LLC
tragic events Hurricane Katrina. When speaking with firefighters
returned after serving the community of New Orleans, Jeff heard the
pleas of firefighters who had a difficult time talking with counselors who
did not have any firefighting experience. They became frustrated and
never did seek the help they needed.
was established based on the
CSFF’s mission is to offer behavioral health support to firefighters; train
senior fire officers and educate clinicians on the benefits of
understanding the life and emotions of firefighters.
Jeff holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is currently an Captain at the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Illinois. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, Illinois Counseling Association, Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs and Illinois Professional Firefighter's Association. Jeff is also a member of International Association of Fire Fighters.