Category: First Responders

Blindsided: Police Retirement

May 18, 2015

Retirement is not always kind to cops Forty retired police commit suicide per year, according to, a site dedicated to arresting […]

Suicide in the Ranks: Firefighters Moving in the Right Direction

March 4, 2015

“Mike was one of my best firefighters — a veteran of more than 20 years — one of those guys a chief […]

The Challenges of the Firefighter Wife

February 6, 2015

The firefighter wife or partner faces significant challenges. Among the most highly visited blogs a few years back was one titled “18 […]

EMS workers, how to deal with stress

January 14, 2015

How to deal with stress on and off the job. The last blog looked at factors, such as stress, that become health […]

EMS Responders – The Stress is Killing Us

January 7, 2015

EMS Responders – The Stress is Killing Us If you, as a child, told people you wanted to work in Emergency Medical […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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