Category Archives: Firefighter Safety & Health

Got a bad attitude? Do us all a favor and call in sick.

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If you can’t come to work without leaving your crap attitude at home, we don’t want you here, brother, Do us all a favor and call in sick and stay home with Mr. Pissy. Come back when you’re not so sick.

Personal Situational Awareness – “The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee”

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Don’t get so caught up in what’s important that you don’t recognize what’s important…

A Fire Chief Tells His Tragic Story- FF Netcast Stand Down for Behavioral Health- Part 3

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“Those who suffer from mental health challenges, no matter to what degree, are wonderful and courageous people. They are no more weak or responsible for their illnesses than someone who is diagnosed with a terminal physical illness. Their diseases are as real as tumors on an X-ray and need the same support and level of treatment.”

Listen to the Firefighter Netcast’s Stand Down for Behavioral Health- Part 1

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Now more than ever before, we have an incredible amount of new resources with which to assist us as we begin to change our attitudes toward the way we address these behavioral health issues which have always been there, but we were always afraid to confront.

NFFF/CFD Video—> Make this a MUST WATCH FOR ALL FIREFIGHTERS. Perfect training.

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“If you think you’ve got some good reason for not wearing this or for not doing things the right way , write it down. Because I need to read that to your widow. Because I’m not going to know what to say. You say it for me.”

343. Never Forget? We Already Did.

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We read 343 names. We ring a bell 343 times. We get a 343 sticker for our helmet or a bumper sticker or window decal that simply says 343. T-shirts, tattoos, you name it- we solemnly pay tribute to the 343. QUESTION: The number didn’t stop, so why did we?

Anyone else notice the rate of fire service suicides is astronomical? Here’s what you need to know.

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Those who suffer from mental health challenges, no matter to what degree, are wonderful and courageous people. They are no more weak or responsible for their illnesses as is someone who is diagnosed with a terminal physical illness. Their disease is not something you can see like a tumor on an x-ray but it is just as real and needs support and treatment. As chief officers we must set up a system to provide help to those in need of treatment.” Hinsdale (IL) Fire Chief Pat Kenny (ret.)

It’s only been ten years. What’s the rush?

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This week, despite this “anecdotal” evidence to the contrary, a review by NIOSH determined there exists too little scientific evidence linking cancer to time spent amid the dust and wreckage at Ground Zero. Cited in the failure to link was “a lack of research.”

NIOSH summary report on CFD firefighter/paramedic Christopher Wheatley’s LODD prompts an interesting question

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Is it important to follow each fireground order to the letter, or should we have the latitude to act upon our instincts and experience to get the job done?

“Just See Video”- Chicago FD- Change is in the air

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To have a wife turn to you and look at you and say, “What the hell happened here? Where the hell was his hood? Who was in charge? How would you guys let this happen to him? Why him? What do I say to them?”

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John Mitchell

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