The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council announced today that behavioral health will be the focus of this year’s activities during the 2013 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, to be held June 16-22.
Professional Mental Health Support
Are mandatory debriefings following traumatic incidents always in everyone’s best interest? Research and lessons learned from September 11, Charleston, and other events show the answer is no. Immediately sending in counselors has become a standard procedure, but work sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) makes it clear it’s time to move forward from a “one size fits all” approach.
The news of the last few days has brought attention to a growing concern within the fire service and an important behavioral health topic that many of us have been working on for more than a year.