This webpage is a product of the Western States Fire Managers (WSFM) Health and Wellness Subcommittee. The webpage provides a collection of resources to support wildland firefighters and their families.  

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WSFM Health and Wellness Subcommittee

  • Mission Statement: To provide Mental Health resources and Critical Incident Response for the Western States Fire Managers employees and their families. To assist in the health and wellness of working in the arduous environment of wildland fire that may affect the lives of our firefighters and families.
  • Vision: To be a proactive support and resource for mental health and wellness within the Western States Fire Managers Wildland Fire communities, through education, peer-to-peer support, Critical Incident Stress Management services, and referrals to First Responder competent support resources.

Definitions and Understanding

  • What is Critical Incident Stress Management? According to the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, “Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a method of helping first responders and others who have been involved in critical incidents that leave them emotionally and/or physically affected by those incidents. CISM is a process that enables peers to help their peers understand problems that might occur after an event. This process also helps people prepare to continue to perform their services or in some cases return to a normal lifestyle.” (Source)
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD): This is a specific, 7-phase, small group, supportive crisis intervention process. The CISD process does not constitute any form of psychotherapy and it should never be utilized as a substitute for psychotherapy. It is simply a supportive, crisis-focused discussion of a traumatic event (which is frequently called a “critical incident”). The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing was developed exclusively for small, homogeneous groups who have encountered a powerful traumatic event. It aims at reduction of distress and a restoration of group cohesion and unit performance.
  • Peer-to-Peer Support: Peer support involves specialty-trained employees who are there to listen, provide support, and, if needed, refer to a professional level of clinical care. This service and all interactions with Peer Supporters are completely confidential. Except for disclosures pertaining to imminent self-harm, or harm of another person. 
Contact Information

Certified and active Peer Support Specialists and their contact information can be found in the Document Library under each individual state folder. This is an anonymous way for individuals to reach out directly to a peer supporter. An individual may contact any Peer Supporter listed for any state. All Peer Supporters are NWCG CISM certified and/or have at least 40 Hours of Peer to Peer Support training. 

For a list of CISM Points of Contact for the western states, please click here. This is a starting point for CISM contacts. Please contact these individuals if you need Peer or Critical Incident Response within your agency. 

If you are unable to access the contact list, please contact Sara Goodwin.

Document Library

To view resources from each state, click here

(Note that these resources are provided directly by the state agency and are added on an ongoing basis.)

Training Calendar

Trainings will be added as they are submitted. Please check back!

To submit an event to be featured on this calendar, please email wsfm@westernforesters.org


For current incident support, please contact on-call CISM coordinator, Ron Bollier at 775-301-8782.

To learn more about the Western State Fire Managers Health and Wellness Subcommittee, please contact Leena Visnak