Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Fighters Charity boosts mental health support with new role

The Fire Fighters Charity has today confirmed its commitment to supporting the mental health of the fire community with the recruitment of a new role to bolster its psychological support services.
Now advertising for a new Psychological Services Lead, the Charity aims to strengthen its team of psychological therapists – based at three centres across the UK – with the recruitment of an experienced professional to drive its mental health work forward.
Dr Jill Tolfrey, Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, said of the new role: “At the launch of our new three-year Strategic Plan in April this year we said that bolstering our mental health support was one of our top priorities. The person who we recruit to this position will therefore play a vital role in ensuring that we meet the mental health needs of our community effectively and efficiently into the future.
“As we demonstrated through our recent mental health awareness campaign – in which we featured the story of firefighter Roger Moore from Coventry, who lives with PTSD – the often traumatic nature of incidents responded to by the fire and rescue service can have a deep psychological impact on those involved, whether working as a frontline firefighter, or as a member of support or control staff, as well as on their families.
“As today is World Mental Health Day, what better day is there to begin the recruitment of such an important role for us? It is also, of course, a timely opportunity to remind everyone across the fire community that we are here for them if they are experiencing poor mental health. I’d therefore like to remind everyone that our Services Access Line is open throughout the week on 0800 3898820. So, if you are struggling, please call us.”
To find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity Psychological Services Lead, please visit for the full details.
To find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity’s recent mental health awareness campaign and to watch our campaign video with Roger Moore, visit

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