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The Volunteer Chaplaincy Program is available 24 hours a day, on-call, to both internal and external customers of the San Antonio Fire Department. Internal customers are SAFD employees and their family members. External customers are the citizens that we serve.
The program may provide guidance and counseling to SAFD employees for job-related and personal concerns, including counseling with immediate family members and assistance where possible, when fire personnel are seriously injured, ill or deceased.
Volunteer Chaplains will also be available to provide spiritual and emotional support to residents of the City of San Antonio in crisis situations and experiences when San Antonio Fire Department personnel have become involved and where citizens have requested such help.
The program also provides a link in communication between persons in crisis and their own spiritual advisor. The program is not intended to replace the firefighters' or citizens own pastor, priest, rabbi, or other spiritual counselor. The program may serve as a referral source at the request of the officer or citizen.
To promote a healthy and fit workforce, fitness equipment is placed at fire facilities throughout the city to allow employees the opportunity the exercise both on and off-duty. A centrally located gym available to all employees. Additionally, cardio and weight equipment is provided to all fire stations. CrossFit classes are conducted daily and individualized instruction is available on request.
The Athletic Training Room boasts services that include spinal decompression, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and cold laser in addition to cryo-therapy, thermo-therapy and prescriptive rehabilitation.
To assist employees and their families with their emotional wellbeing, the Office of Health & Wellness provides several options.
Employee Assistance Program
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to assist Firefighters and their families on both work and personal issues. The demands of the job are difficult and the demands of our personal lives can also be challenging. The idea has always been to keep Firefighters as fit mentally as they are physically.
Our staff Psychologist is available to assist employees and their families with personal and professional issues, advises and participates in the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Team and provides continual training and support for the Peer Support Program.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Team
Peer Support Program
The purpose of the Peer Support Program (PSP) is to offer San Antonio Fire Department employees with the opportunity to talk to a fellow employee who can relate and empathize with personal or professional problems that negatively affect their work performance, family unit, or self. Through early intervention, many problems can be managed with the care and guidance of a trained peer supporter. This assistance is confidential and without judgment, provided that no laws are being violated.
This approach provides a program which offers a non-professional, peer based, support program in addition to the current professional Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In many instances, a peer supporter can provide assistance without involving professional counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program.
The PSP is composed of a group of peers who have volunteered to make themselves available to any member of the department. Peer Supporters will enable fellow employees to talk out personal or professional problems, confidentially, with someone who is available to provide employees with the opportunity to talk to a fellow employee who could relate and empathize with personal or professional problems that negatively affected their work performance, family unit or self.
The POWER Program is a department wide initiative to increase physical, mental and spiritual resiliency against the inherently dangerous and stressful occupation of a firefighter. Through continuing education and awareness of existing resources, we foster a culture of optimal lifelong health for our firefighters and their families. .
Uniformed personnel receive annual medical physicals designed to provide early detection of serious medical conditions and encourage better health. The program has been modeled after the International Association of Fire Fighters/International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFF/IAFC) Wellness-Fitness Initiative and in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards 1582. It is the goal of the Wellness Program that employees of the SAFD remain healthy and productive throughout their careers and on into retirement.
Health & Wellness Contact Information
City of San Antonio | 215 S. San Saba, Suite 111 | San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210.207.6634 | Fax: 210.207.6599