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Losing a Brother or Sister to Suicide

February 26, 2019

Chances are, you know of a local fire department that has been impacted by suicide. You may even know a firefighter who has died by suicide. While awareness of suicide and other behavioral health problems in the fire service has grown dramatically in recent years, taking a deeper look at the issue can yield more […]

5 Sober Strategies for Peak Performance This Holiday Season

December 21, 2018

During the holiday season, Christmas tree fires, impaired drivers and large public gatherings are just some of the threats to public safety that fire fighters and paramedics encounter. If you’re a fire fighter or paramedic in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you face the additional challenge of maintaining your wellness and sobriety during the […]

The Holiday Sacrifice of Fire Fighters and Paramedics: 5 Reasons to Be Grateful

December 17, 2018

If you’re an IAFF member, fire fighter or paramedic, working during the holidays is just a part of the job. Instead of curling up at home with loved ones on Christmas and New Year’s, you are on duty, responding to calls day and night, away from your family. During this holiday season, here are five […]

5 Relapse Triggers to Watch Out For This Holiday Season

December 10, 2018

Considered by some as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be just the opposite for those in recovery from substance abuse and addiction.   As a fire fighter or paramedic, you’re trained to anticipate and respond to any number of worst-case scenarios. When fighting to protect […]

5 Ways Gratitude Relieves Occupational Stress

November 9, 2018

As a firefighter/paramedic, you work hard to balance the demands of your career, family, health and community. You may know you have a lot to be grateful for, but most days just feel depleted. Conversely, if you recently responded to fatal call or are dealing with a family crisis, it may be difficult to feel […]

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