Rebirth and Growth

by Chip Boehm RN / EMT-P/Firefighter Today marks the year anniversary of a very long and tough odyssey; it also has also been one of rebirth and growth. For those who may not be aware, post-traumatic stress/compassion fatigue is real, debilitating, isolating, and desolate. As a caregiver for the last 40 years, I found myself … Continue reading Rebirth and Growth

Keeping the Rescuers Rescued

by Captain Rick Smith (retired) Santa Maria (CA) Fire Department (1982-2012) Trust, peer involvement, early intervention and Union buy-in are all critical in addressing the stress and emotional disorders that afflict firefighters. In December of 2010, I had had enough of the eventual stressors that had plagued me for the past 33 years of being a … Continue reading Keeping the Rescuers Rescued