July Community Education Webinars on PTSD and Fire Service Culture

July 7, 2020

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is offering its community education webinar series designed for fire service professionals and clinicians throughout the month of July. Community education webinars are free, open to the public, and hosted through Zoom. For Fire Service Personnel Trauma in the Fire Service: A Discussion on […]

Supporting the Behavioral Health Needs of Laid-Off Members

July 6, 2020

In the current economic climate, fire departments unfortunately may face cuts in funding, leading to layoffs and furloughs. For most fire service personnel, firefighting is deeply tied to their sense of identity, purpose and survival. In today’s uncertain economy, supporting the behavioral health needs of fire fighters requires a proactive approach from both labor and […]

Protecting the Behavioral Health of Your Members During COVID-19

July 6, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fire fighters, their families and their communities will have long-term behavioral health implications. Now more than ever, IAFF members need to know their leaders have their backs, including addressing their emerging behavioral health needs. Keep behavioral health at the forefront. Fire service personnel are doing their absolute best […]

How to Bend Not Break: Building Resilience During a Pandemic

June 15, 2020

Resilience is often thought of as the ability to bounce back from life’s adversities or to withstand loss or change. Given the high rate of occupational trauma, the inherent stress of the job and the toll on family life, we know that fire and EMS personnel are an incredibly resilient population. However, during a pandemic, […]

Finding Resilience in Turbulent Times

June 15, 2020

As the battle against COVID-19 persists, the struggle to balance the reopening of communities with our efforts to remain vigilant against this pandemic continues. Since the outbreak, life on and off the job has fundamentally changed for fire and EMS personnel throughout the United States and Canada. In recent weeks, peaceful civil rights protests followed […]

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