Community Education Webinars Highlight Behavioral Health in the Fire Service

May 20, 2020

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is hosting free webinars in May to promote behavioral health continuing education for fire service professionals. These two online events will be held through Zoom and led by the Center’s Clinical Coordinator and licensed social worker, Molly Jones. For IAFF Members: Work-Life Balance in […]

How to Hold an Intervention for a Fire Fighter

May 13, 2020

As a fire fighter/paramedic, you are often exposed to traumatic calls many times over the course of your career. These experiences can lead to poor mental health that can affect your professional capacity and personal life. A 2011 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that more than half of fire fighters […]

IAFF Now Offering Online Recovery Meetings

May 4, 2020

If you are in recovery from addiction, peer-led community meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and SMART Recovery may be a critical component of your recovery plan. With many community-based meetings cancelled or moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAFF is ensuring members in recovery continue to have access to […]

Facing Grief During COVID-19

April 24, 2020

Fire service personnel are not strangers to grief. Whether it’s a line-of-duty death or the loss of a friend or family member, dealing with loss is a common experience for many fire fighters and paramedics. The tradition of honoring the deceased by their family, community and nation is so deeply ingrained in the fire service […]

Saying Goodbye Without Saying Goodbye: Honoring the Deceased During COVID-19

April 24, 2020

The tradition of honoring the deceased by their family, community and nation is so deeply ingrained in the fire service culture that, for many, the grieving process cannot begin without it. As a society, we have developed many ways to honor people we’ve lost. Hosting a wake, viewing, funeral service, a celebration of life or […]

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