I am pleased to share that we have begun to receive some "traffic" to our Blog page and comments, as well. Today, I am honored to welcome a guest message from LW
I must confess that I'm not a firefighter. I've been doing extensive research on firefighter mental health and suicidal deaths. I am both shocked and disturbed by the lack of preventative, in-house support programs for our country’s firefighters/EMS in all (or most) fire stations across our nation, especially since 9/11.
It would help tremendously if fire chiefs and others with the power to implement top down changes in the fire service would recognize that the mental and emotional health and well-being of their firefighters/EMS is no less important than protecting their physical life.
We simply can't afford to lose the lives of our fire and medical first responders to PTSD, permanent disability and suicidal deaths when it's preventable most of the time. The cost of saving a firefighter's/EMS life pales in comparison to the cost of saving his/her life. You can hire and train a new firefighter, but you cannot replace the collective experience of the firehouse that often spans numerous years and the camaraderie that existed between them. Plus suicidal death of one brother puts surviving brothers/sisters at a much higher statistically significant risk for dying by suicide themselves.
I'm working on a website to help support our heroes and I appreciate the content you've provided on yours. Even though I'm not associated with the fire service, I hope that you’ll still send me your newsletters. I've subscribed to other firefighter/EMS websites to become more aware and stay informed and would enjoy receiving your newsletters, too.😀
Thank you for your previous service as a firefighter and EMT. It's not the kind of job for everyone but everyone who provides (or has provided) such public service is a hero in my book! 😄
Steve Greene is the president of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., a 501 (c) (3), non-profit company and the Creator/Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.