A video podcast featuring Ottawa Canada firefighter, Brandon Hogan; Dr. Donna Ferguson, clinical psychologist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada; my friend, Syd Gravel, senior officer, Badge of Life Canada, and a former staff sergeant with Ottawa Police Service; Vince Savoia with the Tema Conter Memorial Trust and former Toronto paramedic discuss PTSD, workplace … Continue reading Ottawa Canada considers PTSD as a Presumptive Occupational Illness
by Robert Cubby, Captain (retired) Jersey City Police Department This is something I hear regularly with first responders that have experienced life changing trauma. With a career full of such events, is it any wonder that sooner or later those events and those traumas take their toll on us? Like water constantly hitting a rock, … Continue reading We’re Never The Same Again
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
by Peggy Sweeney “It is an established fact that stress and traumatic events influence a person’s susceptibility to heart attacks, strokes, and other medical problems. I strongly believe that fire departments [as well as police, EMS, dispatchers] must recognize the importance of programs that focus on depression, post traumatic stress, and suicide prevention. Training them to … Continue reading Help for Depression and Post Traumatic Stress
by Bob Rabe Police Officer/Firefighter PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a new name for an old story and there are many complexities to its definition. The name, recognizing a medical condition, was coined several years after the onset of the Vietnam War. Similar symptoms demonstrated by soldiers following the Civil War were called … Continue reading PTSD – What Is It?