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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Former Charleston firefighter shares story of
PTSD after Sofa Super Store fire
Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:28 PM CDT Updated: Jun 16, 2015 5:04 PM CDT
SC - Thursday marks the eighth anniversary of the furniture store
fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters.
One firefighter who survived the fire, and watched as the building
collapse on his brothers, spent years fighting another battle against Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Travis Howze says his nightmare began when he volunteered to recover the
bodies. "It does make me proud to know that I volunteered to go in and
bring them out,” Howze says, “although that one decision in my life haunts me
more than anything.”
Nearly ei... [ more ]
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
firefighter: City's mental health efforts fall short
BY John Hult,
email@example.com 11:39 p.m. CDT June 6, 2015
In hindsight, Patrick Warren's
implosion was years in the making. In 2011, Warren was a respected division
chief at Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, known for administrative skill and a rational
He... [ more ]
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Matters Of The
Mind: Trauma Takes A Toll On First Responders
By Bree Sison, WBZ-TVJune 8, 2015 5:00 AM
BOSTON (CBS) – One-third of firefighters, police officers
and emergency medical workers exposed to a traumatic call will be profoundly
and deeply affected by what they’ve seen, according to research from
Massachusetts first responder advocates.
For Hayden Duggan of Westminster, the call that changed
the path of his career was a house fire in the 1980’s where a 12-year-old girl
was said to be trapped on the second floor.
Read: More Matters Of The Mind
“We ... [ more ]
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Firefighter's union concerned about
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 3:00 am
Larry Miller Tribune Staff Writer The Philadelphia Tribune
The local firefighter’s union president is concerned about an
alarming trend in his ranks.
Three of his members have committed suicide since December.
International Association of Firefighters Local 22 president Joe Schulle said
the latest are only the most recent.
“There have been seven suicides over the last four years,” he
said. “It’s a serious problem and obviously one where there are a lot of issues
that co... [ more ]
Friday, May 29, 2015
How do you
deal with emotional problems? The range of options is as varied as the problems
and personalities involved.
something has you bogged down, do you find a good friend and talk it through or
do you keep to yourself? Everyone has their own way of dealing with life’s
bigger issues. Some find relief through exercise or other physical activities.
Others need someone to talk to, while others—me included--will take pen to
paper and write out their thoughts and feelings.
opposite end of the scale, are those that keep their problems to themselves.
Maybe it’s not their nature to talk about what’s bothering them or maybe they
are fear the reaction or the repercussions.more ]
Friday, May 22, 2015
HPD: Firefighter fatally stabbed girlfriend, hanged self
KHOU Staff, KHOU.com 9:45 a.m. CDT May 22, 2015
HOUSTON -- A Houston firefighter
has died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Houston Police
The bodies of a man and woman
were found before 7 p.m. Thursday at a Lake Houston-area home on Lake Prince
Lane near Smith Lake Lane. Family members went to check on the couple because
the female victim had not picked up her daughter earlier in the day.more ]
Friday, May 8, 2015
Project UROK teaches teens how to talk
about anxiety and mental illness
By Matt Petronzio
Mara Wilson, writer and performer who made her name as a
child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, is sitting in front
of a gray screen, hair gathered in a messy bun, wearing a sweatshirt with a
stylized cat face on it and a big blue pin that says "UROK." In a
casual tone that previous generations could never have conjured for such
personal subjects, she is talking about anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder
and the arc of her life from "anxious kid" to "anxious adult."
"I wish somebody had told me it's OK to be anxiou... [ more ]
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Responding to Your Own Mental Health
By Mark Lamplugh
A firefighter’s job is unlike any other. We wear our pride
and dedication to our careers on our sleeves, on the windows of our cars,
tattooed on our bodies. All my life growing up I wanted to be involved in the
fire service. It helped that my dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather were
all firefighters – not to mention my uncle and two cousins. I really didn’t
have much of a choice. I remember walking into the engine room, running up
and ringing the bell on t... [ more ]
Thursday, April 23, 2015
When is it not Post Traumatic Stress
April 24, 2015
report that six out of every ten males and five out of every ten females will
experience a serious, traumatic event in their lives. Although the trauma may
be painful to experience, not every person who goes through a trauma will develop
PTSD. Statistics also say that only 7-8% of these people will develop
PTSD. That is a relatively low number
in the general population. The exact statistics of how many first responders
develop PTSD is not known but to compare, it is estimated that 30% of Vietnam
veterans developed the disorder. It
certainly does occur and is painful and devastating when it does occur but
there is also a phenomena that occurs where people simply
assume that since the individual has been through ... [ more ]
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
National Safety Culture Change Initiative Released
by Susan Nicol On Apr 7, 2015
Source: Firehouse.com News
When fire officials discuss what needs to happen to reduce the number of
firefighter injuries and deaths, one thing is always in the forefront – the
need for a cultural change.
That was front and center not only when the Life Safety Initiatives were
created 11 years ago, but again when they were discussed last March during the
Tampa 2 Summit.
“U.S. society as a whole may contribute to the risk behaviors that are
demonstrated within the fire service. Comm... [ more ]
Monday, March 23, 2015
Southeast Ohio Volunteer
Firefighter Shooting Ruled Suicide
March 23, 2015 10:54 AM
ATHENS, Ohio - The
Athens Sheriff's Office says a firefighter is dead after committing suicide
have determined that it was a self-inflicted wound that killed the 47-year-old.
The man was a volunteer firefighter with the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Department.
The shooting took place near the fire station on South 6th Street in
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Monday, March 16, 2015
Department Produces PSA to Prevent Firefighter Suicide
By Patrick Lohmann
Source: Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
March 14--The Sandoval County Fire Department lead chaplain
is trying to get out in front of some troubling statistics by organizing the
creation of a commercial that aims to prevent firefighter suicide,
post-traumatic stress and other burdens that she said are commonplace among
At least two Sandoval County firefighters ha... [ more ]
Monday, March 16, 2015
NFFF: Making Sure Firefighters are Mentally Fit is
By SUSAN NICOL
BALTIMORE, MD –
One size doesn’t fit all.
surfaced repeatedly this past weekend as fire officials discussed how to assist
their personnel with the mental stresses of their jobs. Consultants with the
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation explained not only their research
findings, but presented a host of ideas to keep responders mentally fit.
A conference to
roll out programs for Initiative 13 was funded in part by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and an AFG grant. Psychological support needs to
be part of the daily regime just as time at the gym, said Dr. Richard Gist... [ more ]
Friday, March 6, 2015
Suicide in the Ranks: Firefighters Moving in the Right
was one of my best firefighters – a veteran of more than 20 years – one of
those guys a chief can count on to get the job done. Rarely was there a
structure fire, a rescue, or an auto extrication at which Mike wasn’t
elbow-deep in the job at hand.”
are the words of Longmeadow Massachusetts fire chief, Eric H. Madison, about a
fireman who had seen some of the most horrific duty calls in the business.
Chief Madison also walked by Mike’s side through a PTSD diagnosis, a year of
therapy, and a battle to secure disability payments. Four months after the
disability came through, Mike succumbed to ... [ more ]
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