National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

Stress Preparedness and Resilience

RT-130 Decorative banner. Group of photos depicting wildland firefighters performing various duties.

Confronting challenges, setbacks and trauma.
Category: Medical
Core Component(s): Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned;
Human Factors, Communication and Decision Making

Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 14:56



Discuss methods to prepare, prevent, and manage stress. Share ways to build resilience.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions pertinent to the location and agency.

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the activity and discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some simple things you do to keep your life in balance?
  2. Share some ways you manage stress while on fire assignments.
  3. Navy Seal Eric Grietens talks about the challenge of “overthinking how difficult something is.” What is something that is mentally difficult to overcome on a fire assignment?
  4. What are some stressors that you have encountered while on assignment?
  5. If you were involved in a potentially traumatic event, is your life properly balanced to mentally and physically handle the situation?
  6. Give students one or two minutes to reflect on how well their life is balanced.


Video Information

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