• Finding first responders: working with police, fire, and emergency medical professionals

      Donnelly, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Anne); Barber, Brad W. (2017-10)
    • Helping the Rescuers: Challenges and Rewards of Working with Public Safety - Fairfax County

      Theodore-Dalton, Maia; Best, William, Captain; Fairfax County, Virginia. Fire and Rescue Department. Behavioral Health Office (2017-06-26)
    • Helping the Rescuers: Challenges and Rewards of Working with Public Safety - New York City

      Perrotta, Brittany (2020)
      AGENDA: - Understanding the First Responder culture; - Work environment and personal/interpersonal stressors of First Responders; - Differences between working with First Responders vs. civilians; - Effective strategies and key therapeutic approaches to use with First Responders
    • Recognizing and Combating Firefighter Stress

      Norwood, P. J.; Rascati, James N. (FireEngineering.com, 2012-12)
      Over the past few years there has been a positive trends in firefighter training: firefighter awareness; and instructors' writing, teaching and preaching toward firefighter fitness. It is a topic that had been taboo for many years in the fire service. Many firefighters across the country are focusing on their level of fitness , and many departments have put mechanisms and programs in place that encourage weight loss and increased physical fitness. However, although the fitness drum is being beaten, there is still an area of firefighter wellness that is not being discussed. Firefighter stress and post traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD) are real threats to the American fire service.
    • The Risks and Rewards of Marriage for Fire Fighters: A Literature Review with Implications for EAP

      Torres, Victoria A.; Synett, Samantha J.; Pennington, Michelle L.; Kruse, Marc; Sanford, Keith; Gulliver, Suzy B. (Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA), 2016-08)
      EAPs may be able to better support fire fighters and their families if more is known about the marital and occupational stressors of this at-risk population. We conducted a review of literature to answer several questions. First, what is the actual rate of divorce among people working in fire service? Second, what factors relate to marital stability among fire fighters and is marital relationship predictive of job satisfaction, job safety, and overall job success in fire service? Lastly, are marital enrichment or relationship support programs in place in fire service families, and, if so, are they effective? Over 20 scholarly research works were examined that addressed marriage among fire fighters. Surprisingly, we could find empirical data on only the first question with the other questions largely missing as topics in the literature. Both U.S. census data and a large survey found rates of divorce for male fire fighters in the range of 12-14%, which was similar to national averages at the time. Other data was found on fire fighter family challenges, the spouses of fire fighters, and the marriages of volunteer fire fighters. Advances in counseling and other behavioral health services for fire fighters are also identified. Suggestions for EAP practice and future research are provided.
    • UPFRONT: Support for First Responders

      Dyme, Bernard S.; Venturini, Taylor (2021-03-09)
      Webinar focused on supporting mental health concerns of first responders. The focus was on teaching others about the first responder heroes, how they react to stress and trauma, and their need for mental health support. The three person panel discussed a range of options that can serve the needs of individuals, departments and leadership, Specifically they addressed: Mental health assessments or check-ins; Peer support programs and Leadership training, including unconscious bias, de-escalation and diversity, equity and inclusion