Augusta Fire Department’s ‘peer support team’ helps members’ mental health

  • Source: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor
  • Published: 06/05/2024 12:00 AM

First responders often encounter traumatizing situations while on the job, so the Augusta Fire Department has implemented a program to support the mental health of its members. The Peer Support Team was created by Augusta Fire Chief Dave Groder in 2021. “Our morale was down, and we weren’t sure how to tackle that,” Groder said. “We know our job is stressful, so we decided to look at a peer support group.” Groder says it’s important for his staff to have someone they can reach out to. “I’ve been traumatized over my 37 years with a multitude of traumas, and I seek therapy,” he said. “If you’re talking with somebody or even a peer after every call, get it out, talk about what your feelings are, then you’re better apt to survive a 25-year career.”


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