The Western New York Stress Reduction Program was formed in 1987 in an effort to meet the needs of the emergency services providers in Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties.
It was developed to minimize stress related injury to fire, police, emergency medical services, disaster and hospital emergency department personnel – Critical Incident Stress. This is accomplished through education and intervention - also known as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD).
Since its founding, the program has provided defusing and debriefings to Emergency First Response Agencies in WNY.
The Western New York Stress Reduction Program is a not for profit organization staffed by volunteers. The Wyoming-Erie Regional EMS Council, Erie County, Wyoming County, Niagara County, and Genesee County provide a small source of funding annually to help support the costs of providing services. The most significant funding is generated by annual memberships from provider agencies. See the Educational Resources tab for training opportunities