Critical Incident Stress Management

 for the Fire Service in Nova Scotia 


Welcome to the Fire Service of Nova Scotia’s (FSANS) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) website.

Our mandate is to provide Critical Incident Stress Management services for the fire service in Nova Scotia. We also provide CISM services to volunteer Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) teams across our province. Currently we average providing service to several hundred personnel (fire and others) annually. This includes an array of CISM services which are explained later under the heading “What Can Be Done?” 2023 has proven to be much busier than in previous years thus ensuring the important need for this service playing a critical role in supporting the mental health and well-being of firefighters, helping them cope with the emotional impact of these critical incidents and promoting long-term resilience and recovery.  

This website will explain what Critical Incident Stress is, its causes and symptoms and most importantly, what can be done to mitigate those uncomfortable, but normal, reactions. Our brief description cannot explain everything about Critical Incident Stress and how to cope with it, but hopefully, the information will help you understand how this type of stress can affect you and those close to you.


After 12 months, any information posted here such as new protocols, links to services will be transitioned into a permanent place on this website.

FSANS CISM Team Fall Conference 2022