Canadian Firefighter Magazine

Free online PTSD course for firefighters

Grant Cameron   

Features Health and Wellness Wellness

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect firefighters. Studies have found that 17 to 22 per cent of first responders are struggling with the problem.

With these facts in mind, TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, has made an online training course available at no cost to the fire service.

The two-hour overview, called NFPA 1500: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Fire Industry, uses in-depth lessons, real-life scenarios and engaging interactions to immerse learners and improve content retention.

The course features a video narrative of a first responder experiencing PTSD after losing a young patient. Following along his journey, each lesson addresses different aspects of PTSD from different symptoms, to warning signs of suicide and getting help.

An on-screen instructor emphasizes important scientific studies and statistics that explain the extent of PTSD in the fire service. Additionally, mid-lesson quizzes keep learners engaged in the material and ensure comprehension of serious subject matter.


“This course provides first responders with a better understanding of PTSD, how to cope with symptoms and suicidal thoughts, and how to identify indicators from peers who may be struggling,” said Marc Scheipe, who serves as executive vice president for Vector Solutions’ public sector business unit. “It’s a dynamic course that we believe can make a difference for firefighters in need.

“Emergency responders are there for all of us when we need them. They always answer the bell and are left to deal with the emotional toll afterward. We now understand the impact PTSD can have and its impact shouldn’t be ignored. We’re happy to make this course available to anyone who wants to learn more about the danger signs and how to get help.”

Click here to register for the free training.

Click here to learn more about PTSD.

TargetSolutions delivers real-time training and record-keeping solutions to the fire services, emergency medical services, risk pools, cities and municipalities, law enforcement and public works industries.

Vector Solutions provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education fields.

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