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When Helping Hurts: Trauma's Effects on First Responders

When Helping Hurts: Trauma's Effects on First Responders

Laura Reagan

Fred is a 40-year-old firefighter who has been working as a first responder for more than 15 years. In his first year as a firefighter, he arrived at a car accident in which three children were killed. Since then, he has been among the first to respond to the scenes of countless injuries and dozens of deaths.

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What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

Didymus McHugh

There are many ways of sacrifice and for different reasons.  When we join the fire service, we do not know all the sacrifice that we will be making. We sacrifice our time going to classes, time away from our loved ones, when we are on duty or get called in for extra duty of filling in for someone that banged out sick. We sacrifice money to help those in need, our talents helping rebuild communities that have been affected by fire or disasters that we have responded to.

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The True Crisis Team

Didymus McHugh

When we go through stuff, we may see a bad scene that may trigger feeling inside or when we are faced with life’s challenges, we may feel overwhelmed. We may be thinking about where we are going to get the money to repair the vehicle, which we just do not have the money for or we went to a call where someone died, that looks like a family member or dear friend. Yeah, I know that these are different types of crises but where do you go.

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4 Steps to Help Mentally Distressed Firefighter

4 Steps to Help Mentally Distressed Firefighter

Mark Lamplugh Jr.

We work day after day with our fellow firefighters and know them better than anyone else. And we all know firefighters who may be struggling with personal issues.

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Server Couldn’t Ignore the Things She ‘Overheard’ Two Firefighters Say During Breakfast

Server Couldn’t Ignore the Things She ‘Overheard’ Two Firefighters Say During Breakfast

Oliver Darcy

A server at a New Jersey diner picked up the tab for a pair of firefighters late last month...

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Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide

Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide

Master Sgt. Mark Bell

During a lunch break while sitting in her car, Bell, a single mother of a 15-month old daughter, turned to Facebook to learn more about "Scattering CJ."  CJ Twomey, a former member of the Air Force from Maine, committed suicide in April 2010.

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9 Sources of Firefighter Stress

by Linda Willing

When I read the recent article that declared firefighting to be the most stressful job in the United States, I remembered a conversation I had long ago with a friend who was a paramedic with the private ambulance service in town.

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Supporting First Responders to Children's Trauma

Mary L. Pulido

As the reports from the tragic school shooting in Newton, Conn., poured in, I listened non-stop and like others, tried to make sense of a senseless act of cruelty and horror. I was relieved to learn that my young nieces in Newtown were safe. I was devastated for those who lost their loved ones. As a first responder in the field of child abuse for over two decades, my heart also went out to those police, EMT's, teachers, firemen and medical personnel who had to deal with the horrific murder scene of innocent children and adults, their grieving families and the panicked surviving students. Later that evening, the news reported that those first responders were also receiving counseling services. I was relieved; the psychological and emotional impact of trauma on the "first responders" should never be under-estimated.

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Emergency Preparedness: Wireless Tips to Help You Stay Connected

by Michael Murphy

Any time of year can bring unexpected weather. At best, those events inconvenience citizens and at worst, they can become life-threatening situations.

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Helping Children Through Crisis and Trauma 7 Keys to Resilience

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

One of the most common questions during the crisis response trainings I teach is how to tell children about traumatic events.  Parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who has a child in their life has probably struggled with how and what to tell that child when something tragic happens.

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