First Responders’ Assistance and Support Team (FAST Team)

Our primary focus is to provide awareness level training to all of our state’s firefighters to assist in recognizing daily stressors, both in their personal lives and during their fire department service.

This effort is being led by the Association’s First Responders’ Assistance and Support Team (F.A.S.T.) which consists of  fire service personnel who will deliver the initial Behavioral Health Awareness training. The F.A.S.T. Team will provide this training to our state’s firefighters, upon request, and will participate in a comprehensive plan to develop a statewide Peer Outreach program for all of our members. As the program grows, the Team will continue to be an advocate for the development of a plan to provide access to clinical services through the appropriate health care professional for our firefighters and family members in need of that level of care.

Our goal is to provide our first responders with information and training to enable them to meet the challenges of their everyday personal and work lives. We will achieve these goals through a commitment to excellence and the highest respect for integrity, unique culture, and traditions of the firefighting community.

Program Updates:

“Reaching Out,” Helping our Own, is a program presented by the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association in cooperation with the South Carolina Fire Academy, the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to address the behavioral health needs of our state’s firefighters.

Click the image above to download a copy of the Behavioral Health Awareness presentation.(Oct 2017)

More videos on YouTube and other resources:

Watch Gerald talk about the stigma of asking for help

Come Join Us!

Peer Team Information

Click the Apply button if you would like to apply to be a member of the S.C. First Responder Assistance Support Team.

First Responder Assistance Program (FRAP)
Provident

To learn more about Provident’s FRAP, click the image below.

For the First Notice of Claim Form, click the image below.

FAST Regional Staff

State Coordinator – Patti Graham

Upstate Region

Keith Eudy
Bryan Riebe
Christan McConnell
Russell Alexander

Midlands Region

David Reed
Andy Hogg
Teresa Hogg

Grand Strand Region

Matt Bernacchi
Tim Walters

Low Country Region

John David Reindollar
Angie Stewart