What is Peer Support?
Peer support members provide emotional and moral support to emergency responders and their spouses when needed as a result of job-related stress or an incident in which the emergency responder was involved while acting in his/her official capacity. The goal of peer support is to promote and help maintain the well-being of emergency responders and their families.
Become a Certified Peer Support Member
Individuals who wish to become certified as a peer support member must meet the following criteria: (1) must be an emergency responder or a chaplain or an emergency service agency, (2) must complete training in critical stress management or peer support by a recognized training agency (list of qualifying courses included in the Peer Support Member Application below), (3) must be designated in writing by a sheriff, police chief, fire chief, or other head of a law enforcement agency, fire department, rescue agency, or a public safety agency to provide peer support services, and (4) must be certified by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency or by the Alabama Fire College.
To become certified by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, individuals must complete the Peer Support Member Application below.
Re-certification of Peer Support Membership
Those who are certified as a peer support member by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency must re-certify every three years to retain their Peer Support Member certification. The re-certification application is below.