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When Happy Hour Lasts Too Long

August 21, 2017

Cracking open a cold one with your co-workers after a long shift may seem like the perfect way to relax and unwind. But while drinking occasionally in moderation is usually a safe practice, regularly indulging in alcohol could lead anyone down the road to dependence and addiction — especially someone who spends their working hours […]

Stressors Affecting Female Fire Fighters

August 17, 2017

Firefighting is a career for individuals who are physically and mentally fit. While both men and women fire fighters feel the pressure to be strong inside and out, many female fire fighters experience additional stressors while working in a field where they comprise just 4 percent of the workforce. Studies show that women working in […]

Heating Up for Summer

August 14, 2017

To be successful, fire fighters depend on water to put out a fire or to stay hydrated on the job. Firefighting is a physically demanding job, and performance is greatly compromised when dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can result in decreased performance. Maintaining normal body fluid balance is critical to any high-performance activity. According to Firefighter […]

Code of Silence

August 10, 2017

If you continue to have flashbacks or feelings of hopelessness, do you tell someone? If you notice that a brother or sister appears more irritable or withdrawn lately, do you say something? If a brother or sister repeatedly shows up for their shift hungover, will you cover for them? In the fire service, the first […]

Recognizing PTSD in Fire Fighters: 5 Warning Signs

August 7, 2017

Most fire fighters and paramedics are exposed to potentially traumatic events as a normal part of their jobs. Following certain bad calls, some may have a strong reaction. They replay the event in their minds, have difficulty sleeping or experience strong, upsetting thoughts and feelings. By talking with others and engaging in self-care, these common […]

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