Can Members in Recovery Help Others?

December 5, 2019

If you consider yourself in recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder, you may be interested in using your recovery experience to serve others who are struggling. As a fire fighter or emergency medical personnel in recovery, you have a valuable perspective that may benefit others. Not only do you understand the stressors […]

5 Statements to Avoid When Comforting a Crew Member

December 1, 2019

When a crew member is having a challenging day, it’s natural to offer support and reassurance. After all, the fire service is about taking care of your brothers and sisters. Whether your colleague is coping with marital problems, received a bad review or experiencing post-traumatic stress, we hate to see the people we care about […]

Staying Vigilant This Holiday Season: 5 Relapse Triggers to Avoid

November 26, 2019

In the fire service, alcohol can play a central role in social activities and tradition. Fire fighters will offer a variety of reasons for drinking alcohol — it builds camaraderie, enhances celebrations or eases the transition home after a long shift. For fire fighters in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse, the season between  Thanksgiving […]

Five Reasons Fire Fighters Should Practice Gratitude

November 24, 2019

Whether you’re bracing for a busy week at the firehouse or putting out your own fires at a chaotic family gathering, gratitude may be the last thing on your mind this Thanksgiving.   Gratitude, the state of being thankful and appreciative, has also been studied by the scientific community as a positive emotion linked to numerous […]

Beyond PTSD: What’s Really Taking Lives

November 22, 2019

While awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to increase, clinical depression in the fire service is less recognized, understood and discussed. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also referred to as clinical depression, is a serious debilitating mood disorder. MDD is characterized by recurring major depressive episodes — periods of prolonged sad or depressed mood accompanied […]

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