Recognizing Opioid Addiction Among Our Own

March 2, 2020

We know that fire fighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are on the frontlines battling the opioid crisis.  But is opioid use disorder a problem within the fire service? The short answer is yes. Opioid addiction touches all segments of the population. However, while we know that fire and EMS personnel are already at […]

Sobering Stats on the Opioid Epidemic

February 28, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[i], opioids were a factor in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017 (67.8 percent of all drug overdose deaths). During the same year in Canada, approximately 11 deaths a day were linked to opioid-related overdoses. While heroin was once the most common opioid on the streets, today’s […]

Transforming Tragedy Into Hope

February 26, 2020

For Mike Wells, a member of Prince George’s County, MD Local 1619, the fire service is like family. After his brothers and sisters struggled with a season of loss, Wells’ work as a peer support leader helped strengthen bonds in the firehouse and beyond. As an IAFF peer support instructor, Wells has also trained training IAFF […]

Road to Recovery: Meet Bill Allenbaugh

February 24, 2020

Bill Allenbaugh, an active-retired member of Baltimore County, MD Local 1311 and a 36-year veteran fire fighter, is now living and working as a probationary fire fighter in Lexington, South Carolina.  As a career fire fighter and captain in his department, Allenbaugh struggled with administrative burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, which only got […]

Coming Home: 7 Tips for Supporting a Member After Treatment

February 21, 2020

If a member of your crew is returning to the job after time off to get help, you and others may have mixed feelings and questions. What should I say or not say? Is this person ready to be back at work? How can I help? Supporting a brother or sister in recovery from tough […]


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