Last Friday I met with Fire and Emergency and NZPFU to discuss a research brief into the prevalence of mental health impacts amongst firefighters.
This was a very positive discussion that recognised the critical importance of this work as a foundation for establishing the best possible Psychological Wellbeing programme for firefighters.
NZPFU made a strong case that the research brief would be greatly enhanced if a panel of the many psychologists and counsellors working with firefighters throughout the country were assembled. Together these experts could provide professional practical advice on the research brief and potentially how it could be enhanced to provide the most benefit to firefighters.
The UFBA agree this was a very sensible approach and FENZ readily agreed the proposal.
We look forward to seeing the results of this work and will keep you all posted.
Bill Butzbach, UFBA CEO
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