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Rise in Suicides Seen In New York City Children

Monday, March 31, 2014 

The fact that suicide is a challenge for all of society including firefighters as it applies to our families is becoming more and more apparent. This New York City report speaks to the issue. Be vigilant for your families and the issues our children are facing. For some resources go to our links for Personal Survival.


10 NYC schoolchildren have committed suicide in 2014

By Kevin Fasick and Laura Italiano

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"I Wish You Could"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 

 As I talk to more and more first responders throughout the country it is apparent that we aren’t doing enough to help our brothers and sisters deal with the stresses that we face both from critical incident responses and the PTSD that can result from them as well as dealing with everyday life which can add a ton of extra pressure on our lives.  We all deal with these issues differently and not always in the most healthy ways.  And it’s not just about the drinking or using other substances to alleviate the stress.  It’s also about how we might start to isolate from our families and friends, lose interest in things that used to give us pleasure and purpose like the firehouse or fishing or going out on the beach.  The list is endless.  The point is is that there are solutions, discrete solutions, to what messes with our heads and it’s OK to ask for help.... [ more ]  




What You Should Know about Firefighter Stress

Friday, March 7, 2014 

Firefighter stress: What you should know

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By Linda Willing

A firefighter who is normally skilled and confident has been making mistakes and becoming confused during routine tasks. An engineer has become withdrawn and is isolating herself in the station when on shift.

A company officer who is usually easy going has become short tempered with his crew. A chief is suspected of drinking heavily... [ more ]  




Firefighters Deal With Grief After Two Fatal Blazes Video

Thursday, March 6, 2014  Words cannot describe the pain some Sullivan firefighters are feeling right now.

"It's pretty tough we'll be doing some debriefing later, we just gotta get through what we gotta do," Rob Robertson, Sullivan Fire Chief said shortly after his team battled its second fatal fire in less than a week. 

Five days.

Two fatal fires.

One small department, in a close-knit community handling at all.

"I knew the gentlemen from the high-rise just from going on runs before and his family. The father of the child I've met a few times," Charles Reed, a Sullivan firefighter said. 

Reed worked both the fires.

He had connections to both the victims.

Making an already tragic situation even more difficult for him to handle.

"It's hard having a connection there, knowing that they know you and you know them. It adds a little more emotion to it," Reed said. 

James Ramer is a recovery specialist at the Hami... [ more ]  




Resiliency Training

Monday, February 10, 2014 

Fire recruits get ‘resiliency training’

Littleton Fire Rescue seeks to stop PTSD

Jennifer Smith

As the south metro area knows all too well, dealing with tragedy can be trying, to say the least.

But Littleton Fire Rescue is taking steps to ensure its recruits enter their careers with the tools to cope, becoming just the second department in the country to offer “resiliency training” in cooperation with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

“Practice this now at the beginning of your career, bec... [ more ]  





Monday, February 3, 2014  Posted by Paul Combs -

Brothers and Sisters – I am giving up my words with this post to those who know how to write them – and write them well. Sarah Gura, Chief Kenny, and Lt. Olson have agreed to co-conspire with this post regarding our mentality of invincibility. Please read…



Dear Firefighters,

This is a longer blog.  Please be patient, and read it when you have time.  I believe that you will relate to it; and that you will connect with what is said on a deep and profound level.  I am co-authoring with some of the most impactful firefighters I know: Paul Combs, Pat Kenny, and Matt Olson.   In fact, Fire Chief Patrick J. Kenny is why we are blogging this today –as it is his family’s personal story that inspired me to ask Paul to capture something Chief Kenny... [ more ]  




Time and Sacrifice

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

See the article included below and be inspired to share your personal story of survival with the rest of your brothers and sisters. It’s what this page is all about! Thanks to Chief Price.

 Time and Sacrifice

By Don Prince

Doing what we do is an amazingly rewarding sacrifice of our time and for the commitment that we make when we sign up to be a part of something that, over time, grows within us and becomes part of who we are.   Time spent helping strangers, time spent training and being a part of a family outside of your home.  Time away from your home and loved one... [ more ]  




Canadian Firefighter's Death Ruled a Suicide

Friday, January 24, 2014 

News Canada

Lac-Megantic firefighter who found ex's body committed suicide  

Nicolas Lachance, QMI Agency

Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:44:34 EST PM

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Pulling his ex-girlfriend's body from the rubble in Lac-Megantic, Que., led a young fireman to commit suicide, a coroner has ruled.

The report, issued this week, follows widespread warnings about the toll that Canada's deadliest railway explosion has taken on support staff.

The 25-year-old firefighter, whose name was r... [ more ]  




Yonkers Mourns Loss of One of Their Own Due to Suicide

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 

Yonkers Mourns Death Of Firefighter, 9/11 First Responder

by The Daily Voice

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers is mourning the death of 52-year-old firefighter Jef Campion, who committed suicide last week, according to News 12.

Campion spent 40 days volunteering in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the article. He reportedly struggled with physical and mental health issues after Sept. 11.

He volunteered for several children's groups and charities

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Suicide Death of Firefighter and 9/11 Responder Video

Wednesday, January 22, 2014  Yonkers firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own after firefighter and Sept. 11 first responder Jef Campion took his own life last week.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano called 52-year-old Campion "larger than life" and commended him for his charity and giving. In addition to being a firefighter, Campion was also an advocate for children's groups and devoted lots of time to the Ronald McDonald House. Friends say he was always the first to help out someone in need.

The Yonkers High School graduate was a member of Company 303. After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Campion spent 40 days at Ground Zero on his own time. Campion says he struggled with physical and mental health issues after Sept. 11 and turned to art for therapy. He painted works at local pediatric hospitals and his own firehouse on Vark Street.

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Fighting the Devil Within

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 

Fighting the Devil Within

By Don Prince

None of us ever wants to admit defeat. It is not in our nature.  What makes it even more difficult for people like us is what we do.  We are the ones going in, giving aid, support, sacrifices and sometimes even our lives in order to save others.  We are supposed to be the invincible ones and for the most part we are. But ultimately we are all human; we act and react differently to situations both in and out of the “job”.  

Pressure, stress and pain are pretty much unavoidable in all forms; both physical and mental or a combination of any of them.   How each one of us deals with these stresses; such as self-medicating and isolating, is what separates us from our families... [ more ]  




Firefighter Mark plays bagpipes on CD in aid of suicide charity SOS

Monday, December 16, 2013 

Published on thember

 15/12/2013 06:55

Local bag piper Mark Toner features on a charity CD from the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band and Friends called ‘Monday Nights in Marino’.

The CD, which was recorded last year, is in aid of Irish charity Suicide or Survive (SOS), with all proceeds to go towards raising awareness of mental health issues around the country.

The CD contains 11 tunes by the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, as well as recordings by the Dublin City Council Choir, the Band of An Garda Síochána, Kelly Birmingham, the Tallaght Youth Band and the bell ringers of Chr... [ more ]  




Street First Aid in the Fire Service

Sunday, December 15, 2013 

Understanding Stress First Aid in the Fire Service

The new concept changes everything we knew about stress management in the fire service

By Bill Carey
Published Sunday, November 3, 2013 | From the November 2013 Issue of FireRescue

Editor’s Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) recently introduced a new Beh... [ more ]  




Suicide Prevention in the Fire Service

Thursday, December 12, 2013 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Depression and Suicide Prevention in the Fire Services

Depression and Suicide Prevention in the Fire/EMS Services

Teresa Meunier, Assistant Risk Manager, Risk Management and Safety Office 

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicides are preventable.  Over 90% of people that have committed suicide were suffering from clinical depression or s... [ more ]  




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