Published on September 17, 2020 Derek Sienko, M.A. in Military Psychology (candidate), BSW., R.R.P., C.V.R.P
We sat down with Steve Farina and discussed the topic of PTSD versa PTSI and Compassion Fatigue. Steve is a VP on the BC Professional Fire Fighter Association (BCPFFA) which represents over 4,000 professional firefighters across BC. He chairs both the BCPFFA’s Health and Safety Committee and their Mental Health Task Force. Steve is a member of Coquitlam Fire Rescue’s Critical Incident Stress Team and has taken the lead in defusing a multitude of critical incidents. He also serves as a Peer Supporter for his co-workers and has organized and hosted several mental health awareness nights for firefighter spouses and partners.
Steve represents the BCPFFA on the BC’s First Responder Mental Health Steering Committee, chaired by WorkSafeBC.