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The Passionate Fire Officer

Over the past month or so I have found myself in many discussions with various fire service professionals, both career and volunteer, across this great nation. Topics ranged from politics to training... Read More...

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Post Traumatic Stress Can Lead to Permanent Changes if Not Treated

Last fall, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed chaplains to the Party Rock Fire near Lake Lure, North Carolina. Chaplains worked from their Mobile Ministry Center truck, which was located i... Read More...

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What Price Will You Pay?

Five years ago when Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) presented our first four workshops for the Philadelphia Fire Department, I never imagined the changes I would experience on this jour... Read More...

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I Am In Need of Sleep

How has everyone been? Getting ready for the summer season and beach weather? The kids — and teachers — are counting down until summer break. Of course those parents with high school seniors want tim... Read More...

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Eating Fit for Firefighters

Firefighters often find mealtime at the station a challenge to good eating. Instead look at it as a opportunity for the firehouse kitchen to become healthy. Work as a unit just like you do on all you... Read More...

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Life Altering Events — Disabling Injuries

There is a not-so-new epidemic sweeping this country that is finally getting the attention it deserves. Injuries and deaths among firefighters, EMS and police officers are at an all time high. Emerge... Read More...

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Communications A Lack Of Talking Or Listening?

As founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) I have had the unfortunate task of validating over 920 fire and EMS suicides these past five years as of Dec. 2, 2016. Over 830 have been v... Read More...

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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2017

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released their annual fitness trends for 2017. This is the 11th year that ACSM has been tracking trends as chosen by health and fitness professionals wo... Read More...

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Cultural Brainwashing A Fire/EMS Service Tradition?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of “culture” is: The beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time. A particular society that has it... Read More...

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Talk With Your Significant Other, Not to Them!

Hope everyone had a great summer.  I know my family did.  We attended several fire conferences, spent time on the beach, time out on the boat and just some great family time. Read More...

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FIREFIGHTER FIT Risk of Sudden Cardiac Events and the Role of Fitness in Prevention

Firefighters are required to perform a complex series of physically demanding tasks in hot, dangerous environments with heavy protective gear while being exposed to smoke and toxic chemicals. As a re... Read More...

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Interior Attack: The Secret Fight Your Brothers and Sisters are Fighting

Every firefighter knows it; the feeling of jumping aboard a truck whose destination is a structure fire.  Every firefighter knows the feeling of putting on their battle armor and masking up at the do... Read More...

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Rescue Yourself Physically First

As we all know, firefighters and EMTs are in the business of protecting and saving lives on a daily basis. But, too often we neglect our own bodies and ourselves in the process. Being a rescue or eme... Read More...

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HDL: The Good Cholesterol

Your total cholesterol is a combination of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), and Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL). HDL is also referred to as good cholesterol sin... Read More...

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Critical Incident Stress Management Psychological First Aid: A Rose by Any Other Name?

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a term that was first used by the military during World War II when historian S.L.A. Marshall developed his technique called Historical Events Reconstruction Debriefi... Read More...

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Issue 31.4 | Spring 2017

Keeping First Responders Safe
Ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others...
 



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