The Charleston Firefighter Support Team was organized in July, 2007 through a collaborative effort of the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association and The South Carolina Department of Mental Health. It is founded on the principles of hope, healing, respect and recovery. All counseling services are free of charge to members of the Charleston Fire Department and their families. The strictest code of confidentiality is enforced as described and established by Law in the State of South Carolina Privacy Practices of Protected Health Information. (PHI)
The Support Team is designed to provide Advocacy Education and Treatment through its Peer Outreach, Family Liaison Program and Counseling Support Unit. As public servants, our commitment must be to the whole agency and to the citizens of our community. We uphold this commitment through diligence, honesty, personal responsibility and the highest professional standards. Staff members respect the rights of others to hold values, attitudes and opinions that differ from their own without judgment or disdain; and do not attempt to impose their own values and beliefs.
The Primary Goals of the Team are to develop services that are easily accessible and available, ensure that services meet the needs of firefighters and their families, and identify those in most distress and respond effectively. The Team will achieve these goals through a commitment to excellence and the highest respect for integrity, unique culture, and traditions of the firefighting community.