2021 Code of Virginia
Title 9.1 - Commonwealth Public Safety
Chapter 2 - Department of Fire Programs
§ 9.1-203.1. Firefighter mental health awareness training

Universal Citation: VA Code § 9.1-203.1 (2021)

A. Each fire department as defined in ยง 27-6.01 shall develop curricula for mental health awareness training for its personnel, which shall include training regarding the following:

1. Understanding signs and symptoms of cumulative stress, depression, anxiety, exposure to acute and chronic trauma, compulsive behaviors, and addiction;

2. Combating and overcoming stigmas;

3. Responding appropriately to aggressive behaviors such as domestic violence and harassment;

4. Accessing available mental health treatment and resources; and

5. Managing stress, self-care techniques, and resiliency.

B. Any fire department may develop the mental health awareness training curricula in conjunction with other fire departments or firefighter stakeholder groups or may use any training program, developed by any entity, that satisfies the criteria set forth in subsection A.

C. Firefighters who receive mental health awareness training in accordance with this section shall receive appropriate continuing education credits from the Department of Fire Programs and the Virginia Fire Services Board.

2018, cc. 456, 658; 2020, c. 1262.

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