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Speaking Out About Fire Fighter Suicides

August 14, 2019

The results of a national study show that between 2015 and 2017, fire fighters were more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. The factors that drive people to suicide are complex; however, exposure to trauma and the resulting mental disorders are known to increase suicide risk. While the causes of […]

100 Miles: The Race to Recovery of an IAFF Center of Excellence Staff Member

August 12, 2019

Most birthdays are celebrated with a nice dinner or weekend getaway. For Richard Gallegos, an admissions coordinator for the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, his 32nd birthday is an opportunity to challenge himself while giving back. A former paramedic in recovery from addiction, Gallegos will spend the entirety of his […]

After the Chaos: The Power of Peer Support

August 8, 2019

After a shooting in El Paso, Texas, claimed the lives of 22 innocent people, the nightmare was repeated less than 12 hours later in Dayton, Ohio, where another shooting claimed nine additional lives. As the nation tries to heal, many are struggling with a range of emotions, reactions and questions that can’t be answered. While […]

Asking for Help Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

August 6, 2019

You’re running late to shift, you’ve spilled coffee on your shirt and forgot your breakfast sandwich on the kitchen counter. Your day is off to a rough start. These minor stressors could be the beginning of a bad day for some, but you’re a fire fighter. You let these stressors roll off your shoulders because […]

Road to Recovery: One IAFF Member’s Journey

August 2, 2019

Meet Mike Borman, a member of Papillion, NE Local 3767 and a retired 15-year fire fighter/paramedic. Borman struggled with a nine-year opiate addiction before seeking help at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery in June 2018. This is his story of recovery. IAFF: When did you know you absolutely needed […]

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