5 Ways Your Addiction Can Endanger Others

November 20, 2017

You may think your addiction only affects you. It’s easy to consistently drink in excess while home alone. No one knows the truth, right? You may be able to sell your story to some about the flu or some other illness to mask your symptoms. A few might buy it, but those closest to you […]

8 Ways to Get Help for Substance Use and Mental Disorders

November 15, 2017

Have you thought about seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress, depression or alcohol use? Maybe a well-intentioned crew member or spouse has said, “You really need to get some help.” As a fire fighter or paramedic, you work tirelessly every day to save lives and protect your community. For members in distress, navigating the sometimes confusing […]

Protecting Those Who Protect Others

November 10, 2017

Protection, defined in basic terms, means to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction. As a fire fighter or paramedic, you routinely risk your life to protect citizens and crew members. But what does it mean to protect yourself? Whether you are fighting fires or responding to a cardiac arrest, it’s equally important […]

This Is Not a Drill: 4 Reasons Treatment Can’t Wait

November 8, 2017

Whether you’re a fire fighter or paramedic, you’re probably used to putting yourself last while on the job, but that doesn’t mean your health needs to come last when you go home for the day. Drug and alcohol addiction can be dangerous and even fatal for you and anyone else, prompting the need for immediate […]

Feeling Scorched: Burnout, Traumatic Stress and the Need for Self-Care

October 30, 2017

In recent months, our nation has witnessed the courage and dedication of hundreds of IAFF members in response to hurricanes in Texas and Florida, a mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas, and raging wildfires in northern California. Whether you’re a veteran fire fighter or paramedic, new to the job, or in recruit school, you know […]


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