The Price of Living: Survivor’s Guilt in Fire Fighters

September 17, 2019

At some point in their lives and careers, fire fighters will experience grief. Some of the grieving process is influenced by the unique aspects of the job. What Is Survivor’s Guilt? Fire fighters and paramedics have a calling to serve others, protect their community and each other. When a fatal fire, line-of-duty death or suicide […]

8 Habits That Make Your Shift (And Your Day) Worse

September 13, 2019

When bad things happen, or we face adversity, we tend to ask ourselves why. This is basic human nature. We are born with a fundamental need to understand why things happen and create meaning from those events. The way we interpret events can be thought of as our explanatory style, or self-talk — what we […]

18 Years Later: Fire Fighters Coping With Grief

September 10, 2019

It’s hard to believe that 18 years have passed since the worst attack on American soil that claimed the lives of 343 FDNY fire fighters, along with more than 3,000 Americans. While our nation honors all who were lost on 9/11, the 33rd IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service on Saturday, September 21, in Colorado […]

Five Questions Every Fire Fighter Spouse Wants Answered About Treatment

September 3, 2019

If your spouse or loved one is seeking treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, you may experience a mix of emotions, concerns and questions. Whether your loved one has already been admitted to the center or is considering making the journey, one of the best things you can […]

The Road Back From PTSD: One Member’s Journey

August 20, 2019

Meet Richard Stack, a 27-year fire captain and member of North Attleboro, Massachusetts Local 1992. Stack struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for years, becoming suicidal before seeking treatment at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery for 45 days in October 2017. This is his story of recovery. Stark credits […]


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