Friends of Firefighters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to addressing the physical, mental health, and wellness needs of New York City’s firefighters and their families. Our ongoing mission is to provide long-term support through confidential counseling, wellness services, and other assistance required by firefighters and their families.
Recognizing the Stress of the Job
Firefighters face trauma every day, impacting their physical and mental health, as well as that of their families, even long after retirement. At Friends of Firefighters, we understand the common effects of the job such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, injury and sickness, strains on relationships and family life, loneliness after retirement or struggles with addiction. We also know if can be hard to ask for help, especially for a community who is used to helping others.
How We Can Help
Friends of Firefighters provides counseling and wellness services that are:
Free of Charge Thanks to the continued support of our donors.
Independent While the FDNY supports our mission, we are separate entities. No information is ever shared.
Confidential "What you say here, stays here."
Accessible We have several easy-to-get-to locations throughout New York City.
Comfortable We are headquartered in a revitalized historic firehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which we have worked hard to maintain its authenticity. Additionally, our satellite counseling offices are spaces where firefighters and family members can feel comfortable and welcome.
- Peer Support
- On the Arm Breakfast
- Firehouse Kitchen Talk
- Women's Support Group
- Biofeedback mPod – A new approach to stress relief
- Financial Guidance
- City of Berlin Scholarship / Checkpoint Charlie
- Crisis Calls
- Outside Referrals
- Disaster Relief