First Responders’ Assistance and Support Team (FAST Team)

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.

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.

Peer Contact Form


More videos on YouTube and other resources:

Watch Gerald talk about the stigma of asking for help Come Join Us!

Download the FAST Brochure (March 2016)
Download a copy of the Behavioral Health Awareness presentation in PDF (March 2016)
Pocket Peer website


For more information, please EMAIL US or call the Association office at (800) 277-2732.