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Helping First Responders Release Their Pain

Helping First Responders Release Their Pain

Admin for Disaster Resource Guide

According to Global News, at least four Canadian first responders have committed suicide since the beginning of this year. The data comes from the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization which also reports 34 first responders have killed themselves since April 29, 2014.

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Thin Red Line

Thin Red Line

Chris Harder

Honor, Respect, Tradition and Sacrifice. That is the heart beat of the Fire

Service across our nation.

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What First Responders Should Seek in Mental Health Clinicians

What First Responders Should Seek in Mental Health Clinicians

Heather Lemke, NCC, LCPC

A career in public safety is unlike any other. Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics wake up each morning with the mission of keeping communities safe—often risking their own lives to protect others.

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Grief

Grief

Didymus McHugh

When was the last time that we thought about grieving? People grieve many changes in their lives. We grieve losing a job, a divorce, death moving or any change. But do we really understand what it is to grieve?

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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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Mitigating Stress in a Chaotic Career

MARK LAMPLUGH JR.

All firefighters can identify a reason that sparked their initial passion for becoming a firefighter—to serve their community, to save people, to work as part of a team, to become part of the station house brotherhood or something else. That reason turns into a passion that supersedes any fear of danger or job-related stress.

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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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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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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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