The Power of Perspective: Managing Priorities as a Busy Fire Fighter

June 22, 2017

As a fire fighter, you’ve got many different priorities vying for your time: work, family and your health, to name a few. Your overall health and wellness impacts all aspects of your life. It’s important that your personal wellness plans are both realistic and relevant to the extreme demands of fire fighting. Spending time with […]

Keeping it Inside Hurts Your Relationships

June 8, 2017

Like many fire fighters and paramedics with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you might be determined to keep your struggles in the shadows. You worry you’ll burden family and friends, so you keep your symptoms hidden and deny or minimize the problems. Your reasons for keeping it inside are understandable, but those good intentions can hurt […]

Silent Suffering: Firefighting and Depression

May 31, 2017

Firefighting is one of the most demanding — and dangerous — professions in America. On the job, you witness more death and destruction than most people see in a lifetime. Chuck Talbott, a 27-year veteran of the fire service, puts it best: “The most challenging part of the job isn’t physical. It’s seeing things the […]

5 Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

May 24, 2017

Work-life balance for a fire fighter isn’t easy. Long, shift work can keep you away from home for days on end. The same intense rush of heart-pounding adrenaline that helps you stay sharp on the job often brings extreme lows, leaving you physically and emotionally drained. To make matters worse, staffing shortages could mean unexpected […]

Occupational Hazard: Fire Fighters’ Mental Health in the Line of Fire

May 18, 2017

Workers in certain fields are subject to injury and illness simply due to the occupation. Different industries face an array of perils, including concussions for professional football players, hearing loss for machinery workers, lung disease for mine workers, falls and broken bones for construction workers and post-traumatic stress for military personnel. In firefighting and emergency […]

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