This is the heartbeat of team Illinois Firefighter Peer Support (ILFFPS) and the driving force behind our commitment to you. Our team has been readily available to answer the call of our brothers and sisters who need assistance dealing with depression, thoughts of suicide, addiction, PTSD, and everything in-between. With a desire to be proactive in bringing more practical solutions to the table, we have developed an industry leading symposium comprised of international leaders in mental, emotional, and physical health issues facing First Responders and their families. Strength is not shouldering another burden; rather, strength is in letting go and asking for help. ILFFPS is made up of fire service and EMS members. This symposium was intentionally and meticulously crafted to meet the needs of you, your families, and your team back home.
Welcome to the homepage for the Illinois Fire Fighter Peer Support Symposium!
After hosting our first ever symposium last year, we received overwhelming positive feedback with several requests to make this an annual event. So here we are for round two. Through the feedback we received we also learned a lot. One of the things we learned was that many felt our schedule had too much downtime. To remedy that we have changed up the schedule to include an extra breakout session in the morning.
Once again, I’m proud to bring you a list of speakers that are leaders in their respective field. Each of our speakers was individually selected for the educational experience they can bring. This year we will once again offer teaching about PTSD, addictions, anxiety, suicide, as well as other significant issues that fire and EMS first responders face.
We have worked with each speaker to develop the curriculum around our central goal of providing practical solutions. We want you to leave each presentation with new, knowledge that put into place when you return home. It’s important to me that attendees leave with what they need to make a difference in first responder mental health, not just for the two days they attend the symposium, but for life.
I am always available for questions or concerns – my goal is to make your experience the best it can possibly be.
With that said, I can’t wait to see you in February.
Sincerely, Tom Howard
Executive Director ILFFPS