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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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Unspoken Words Sometimes Silence is not Golden

Unspoken Words Sometimes Silence is not Golden

Didymus McHugh

There are many times that we do not keep quiet, when we should but there are times that are worse. It is the time that we should open our mouths but do not. It may be because we are ashamed, or do not know who to talk with, or think that we should be able to handle the situation. Well, there are times to be vocal and this is this time. Start the discussion. We would do a disservice if we never continue the conversation.

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Responding to Your Own Mental Health

A firefighter’s job is unlike any other. We wear our pride and dedication to our careers on our sleeves, on the windows of our cars or tattooed on our bodies. All my life growing up I wanted to be involved in the fire service. It helped that my dad, grandfather, and great grandfather were all firefighters—

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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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Can I Have a Witness?

Dr. Tina S. Brookes

As they gather evidence, they quickly ask, “Are there any witnesses?  Did anyone see what happened?”

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5 Lists Firefighters Must Follow To Reduce Heart-Attack Deaths

by Kimberly Quiros

Cardiac-related incidents remain a leading cause of firefighter death and injury. Here are 10 things all firefighters can do in five key areas to improve their heart health.

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