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

There is No Superman! – The Role of the Spouse in the Fire Service

by Peggy Sweeney Over the years, I have been very fortunate to not only instruct firefighters, but many of their wives or partners as well. When I would ask them for comments, questions, or feedback, I usually would receive little or no response. Understandably! Wives [and husbands] are very reluctant to talk in front of … Continue reading There is No Superman! – The Role of the Spouse in the Fire Service

Firefighters at Risk ~ The Negative Effects of Stress and Trauma on the Human Spirit

by Peggy Sweeney The Sweeney Alliance In 2000, I wrote a research paper on the effects of traumatic stress and grief on firefighters. As a firefighter, EMT-B, and mortician, I witnessed first-hand the physical, mental, and emotional traumas these men and women experience daily in the field. I strongly believe today, as I did then, … Continue reading Firefighters at Risk ~ The Negative Effects of Stress and Trauma on the Human Spirit