Need to talk to someone now or want to find out more about the support available to you and your family? As well as the national services on our Find Help page, listed below are the Fire & Rescue specific services...

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme (HELP) offers an employee counselling service, provided by trained counselling and welfare practitioners. SFRS staff can access support for themselves and their immediate families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Details of how to contact the EAP are on the SFRS intranet.

Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is the democratic and professional voice of firefighters, in all roles and on all duty systems.

We have officials who are trained and experienced to support, advise and represent members on fire stations, within operational fire control rooms and officers working flexibly. Our trade sections cover the retained, control and officer members and our equality sections cover Black & Ethnic Minority, LGBT and Women members.

The FBU also has reps covering Fairness at Work, Health & Safety and Education. Any member looking for support, advice or representation can find the details of our officials on our website.

The FBU has an education pathway where members can apply for courses on a wide range of areas including mental health, suicide prevention and handling members problems.

Fire Fighters Charity  

The Fire Fighters Charity provides a range of services and support to current and former fire and rescue personnel and their dependents. These include physical and psychological rehabilitation, child & family and health & wellbeing programmes, nursing support and general advice and information.  Although the residential facilities are closed during COVID19, support is still available by telephone and video calls. For more information, call 0800 389 8820 or visit the website.

Fire Officers Association

The Fire Officers' Association is an independent, non-political trade union representing and supporting fire and rescue staff in relation to all aspects of employment including health and wellbeing; our ethos is ‘people not politics’.  Links to resources are available from our Personal wellbeing web page and personal support in confidence can be accessed by phoning or e-mailing our Head Office. For more information, call 01608 652023 or visit the website.

Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress  

The Rivers Centre (NHS Lothian) provides specialist support and treatment to Scottish Fire and Rescue staff adversely affected by traumatic incidents at work. The Rivers team have been supporting emergency responders for more than 20 years. Post incident support is activated by the incident commander following a challenging job. Three 3 weeks later you will receive a “check-in” questionnaire to fill in and return to the Rivers Centre. One of the team may call to see how you’re doing and you can use the questionnaire to self-refer for support.  Call 0131 451 7400 for more information.

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Family Support Trust 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust exists to provide financial and other support services to serving and retired members of SFRS and their families. This includes grants bereavement grants, hardship grants, registered beneficiaries, Christmas grants and the Children’s Investment Trust - a fund to support Service children who have suffered parental loss. As well as providing financial assistance, FST offers a Spanish respite facility, to assist with rest and recuperation and arranges social activities for registered beneficiaries. FST also has support from both Chaplains: Father Jim Thompson & Reverend Gordon Armstrong.

Unison / There for You

Members experiencing financial or emotional difficulties can contact the Unison Welfare Charity, There for You, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependents. Contact your branch secretary or the Scottish Welfare Committee on 0845 355 0845.

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Martin Blunden

Chief officer, scottish fIre & rescue

"I believe mental health must be placed on parity with physical health. We are continuing to work in very close partnership with Lifelines Scotland who support our firefighter trainee courses, ensuring our newest firefighters are equipped with the tools and knowledge to look after their own mental health and spot the signs of mental ill health in others. Being an emergency responder is a privileged position to hold, and it can also bring its challenges and stresses. That is why I would urge all of our staff and all of Scotland's emergency responders to make use of this website... because our mental health matters.”

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