First Responders

  • The Trouble with Sleep: A hidden hazard to firefighters’ health

    December 30, 2014

    Firefighting trains us to sleep light and wake at a moment’s notice with our physiology on alert. Those habits don’t exactly play […]

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  • What is the Share The Load Program?

    October 22, 2014

    Being a firefighter comes with a ton of tremendous rewards. The brotherhood we share is unparalleled in any other profession. We sacrifice […]

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  • Peer Support Programs Can Address Mental Health Issues

    October 14, 2014

    Police officers are expected to protect and serve our communities, but who protects them and their emotional welfare? So often, mental health […]

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  • Depression Among First Responders

    August 8, 2014

    Everyone else is running away from the fire, but you’re charging right into it. Gunfire rings out in a crowded store and […]

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  • Crisis Mode: 911 Operators Suffer in Silence

    July 25, 2014

    “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?” To the person calling 911 for help in an emergency, these words are a lifeline. But little thought […]

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  • When Should a First Responder Reach Out for Help?

    July 23, 2014

    For first responders, job-related stress and strain can be off the charts. Police, fire and EMS personnel often see and do things […]

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  • You’re a firefighter, and you have PTSD

    June 25, 2014

    It happened again. As you bolt upright in bed, your heart is racing and your sheets are soaked with sweat. You scream […]

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  • Firefighters and Alcohol: Who Will Rescue the Heroes?

    April 21, 2014

    Healy’s experiences concurred with Revere’s. “I just reached out to a guy, his mother’s reached out to him before. Now he’s not […]

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