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Processing Traumatic Events

November 8, 2019

At the end of a call, what fire fighters experience on the job can stick with them long after their shift ends. As a fire fighter, you may encounter a potentially traumatic event (PTE) more than once during your career. A potentially traumatic event is any event that threatens injury, violence or the loss of […]

1,000 Members Treated at IAFF Center of Excellence

November 7, 2019

Firefighting is a rewarding career, but not an easy one. In 2019, firefighting was ranked as the second-most stressful job in the United States. Because of the nature of the profession, fire fighters are more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions than the general population. But the stigma associated with […]

Columbus Local 67: Setting the Standard for Mental Health Care

November 1, 2019

The stigma surrounding behavioral health in the fire service is slowly lifting as affiliates and their fire departments are increasingly recognizing and addressing the need for support and services for members struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, addiction, depression and other mental health conditions.  Columbus, Ohio Local 67 has been a leader in improving […]

How to Bend, Not Break: 10 Factors of Resilience

October 31, 2019

Results from the World Mental Health Survey Consortium — conducted across 24 countries — concluded that 70% of people will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, while 30% will experience four or more traumatic events. In contrast, fire fighters routinely experience a range of potentially traumatic events throughout the course of just […]

A Day in Their Boots: Clinician Training for the IAFF Center of Excellence

October 30, 2019

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across different cultures. For a clinician or mental health provider, this means having a working understanding of the unique needs, experience and value system of the client in treatment. Why is cultural competency training important for clinicians who treat fire fighters […]

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