5 Ways Gratitude Relieves Occupational Stress

November 9, 2018

As a firefighter/paramedic, you work hard to balance the demands of your career, family, health and community. You may know you have a lot to be grateful for, but most days just feel depleted. Conversely, if you recently responded to fatal call or are dealing with a family crisis, it may be difficult to feel […]

The Role of Opioid Addiction in Workplace Injuries

October 3, 2018

Workplace injuries are a basic fact of life for many fire fighters and paramedics. In 2016 alone, 62,085 fire fighter injuries were reported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While personal protective equipment (PPE) can help safeguard you from fire, it can’t protect you from strains, sprains and other muscle injuries. If you’re coping […]

Making Time for More

October 1, 2018

Addiction impacts nearly every aspect of your life. In many cases, hobbies, work, friends and even family all come second to substance use. If you or someone you know struggles with addiction, you’re probably well-acquainted with how much this illness costs in terms of time, money and energy. Beginning the recovery process can be daunting, […]

Recognizing PTSD Triggers

September 28, 2018

If you or someone you love struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the world can feel like a minefield. You never know when you’re going to have an experience that causes your symptoms to flare up. However, while symptoms may seem to come out of nowhere, in most cases, symptoms are cued by internal and […]

Getting Help to Help Others

September 26, 2018

If you’ve received care from the IAFF Center of Excellence or another facility, you know that seeking professional help for addiction or behavioral health struggles can improve nearly every aspect of your life. However, the benefits of your recovery can also extend to others. After treatment, there are countless ways you can give back to […]


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