Peer Support Program

Friends of Firefighters is excited to officially announce its Peer Program.
This program is intended to offer peer support to the active or retired FDNY firefighter and his/her family member.  
IMG_6414WHAT IT IS:
  • Support by a peer (firefighter or firefighter family member)
  • Confidential: There is no reporting back to the department. The peer may turn to FoF counselors for support if necessary. There is no gossip.
WHAT IT IS NOT:
  • A crisis hotline
  • A professional mental health counselor
  • No ranks: In this program, peers are peers.
HOW TO ACCESS:
  • Call FoF. We will listen to your concern and set up a phone call with a peer supporter.
“People feel more comfortable speaking with a peer before speaking to a counselor. Speaking to a firefighter or firefighter’s family member allows them to open up more. The relationship at the beginning is very important.” – Tony Catapano, Retired FDNY firefighter and FoF peer supporter