The FIREWELL Research Champion series profile our firefighter collaborators and their critical contributions to our research on firefighter health and wellbeing.

Meet Steve Fraser

Steve Fraser is an Acting Captain of Occupational Health and Safety with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VF&RS) and the coordinator for VF&RS critical incident stress management team. With 20+ years of experience in the fire service, he has taken his knowledge and expertise in the field and applied it to firefighter-specific programs, training and education. Mr. Fraser is the co-author of the Resilient Minds program, an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and a certified Field Traumatologist with the Canadian Traumatology Institute.

Read Steve’s article: Resilient Minds: Building the Psychological Strength of Firefighters

View Steve’s CMHA-BC Webinar slides: Building a Stronger and More Resilient First Responder Organization (Aug 18, 2016)

How are you involved in FIREWELL?

I helped adapt and evaluate The Resilient Minds Program for the PEI Volunteer Fire Departments. I will co-lead best practices interventions for the Resilient Minds Program by integrating knowledge from the BC research funded by the WorkSafeBC project.

Steve’s Media Interviews

First responders feeling ‘helplessness and hopelessness’ over overdose crisis (CBC News, January 12, 2017)

VFRS launches new initiative for first responders dealing with mental health issues (Global News, February 17, 2016)

Vancouver firefighters get new mental health awareness program (CBC News, February 16, 2016)

Firefighter Mental Health (CBC Vancouver News, February 15, 2016) – Steve’s interview starts at Minute 24:00.

Vancouver Fire Announcement on mental health launch (BC Professional Firefighters Association, February 2016).

First responders ramp up stress management after rash of suicides (Vancouver Sun, March 7, 2015)


Do you want to be a FIREWELL Research Champion?

If you’re a firefighter who would like to get involved in FIREWELL research, please contact us.