Myth Vs. Facts About PTSD

May 25, 2018

Most working Americans clock out at the end of their shift and leave their work at the office. But for fire fighters, work is harder to shake off at the end of the day. Fire fighters are not only responsible for fighting fires — they respond to vehicle accidents and incidents, including terrorist attacks, mass […]

How Do I Know If I Have PTSD?

May 23, 2018

Most fire fighters and paramedics are no strangers to trauma. After all, events that would be uncommon to most people to experience — such as car wrecks, fires and overdoses — are a normal part of the work day for many IAFF members. These events can be difficult to process. But when the memories of […]

How Peer Support Helps

May 21, 2018

It’s no secret that working as a fire fighter or paramedic can be emotionally and physically stressful. Throughout the course of a career, a fire fighter may witness mass casualty events, injuries to children, natural disasters and unspeakable violence. In the wake of all this trauma, a stable support system is incredibly important — both […]

How to Pay it Forward

May 18, 2018

Fire fighters often experience enormous amounts of pressure that can develop into higher a rate of mental illness, addiction and suicide.  Some fire fighters may be left to self-medicate, which over time can worsen a condition, without the proper treatment or support to improve their mental health. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

Benefits of a Treatment Center Designed for Fire Fighters

May 16, 2018

In 2017, the IAFF Center of Excellence became the first rehabilitation facility exclusively for IAFF members to treat mental health disorders and addiction. One of the great attributes of the Center is that it is designed by fire fighters, for fighters. Being a fire fighter in need of treatment for a substance use or mental […]


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