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Author: IAFF Staff, June 15, 2020

Resilience is often thought of as the ability to bounce back from life’s adversities or to withstand loss or change. Given the high rate of occupational trauma, the inherent stress of the job and the toll on family life, we know that fire and EMS personnel are an incredibly resilient population.

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on 05 Jul 2020 5:55 PM
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As first responders, we are naturally exposed to a higher amount of occupational stress than the average job. Many first responders are able to effectively deal with this stress by having close relationships in the fire house. This brotherhood and sisterhood provides a bonding and social support system that is important in order to stay psychologically resilient.

Covid-19 has forced us to practice "social distancing" not only at the firehouse, but in our personal lives as well. This new practice may affect our mood and our ability to "bounce back", especially after bad calls.

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on 10 Jun 2020 12:23 AM
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WCPO Cincinnati

Posted: 6:46 AM, Dec 18, 2019 Updated: 3:00 PM, Dec 18, 2019 By: Whitney Miller, Ally Kraemer

CINCINNATI — Jo Terry will always remember her husband as a great partner, dad and firefighter. Chip Terry, a firefighter with the Covington Fire Department, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He loved serving the community, Jo said, but even in his retirement, he couldn’t escape the trauma of the job. He died by suicide in 2017. .

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on 26 Dec 2019 6:06 AM
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Article courtesy of the American Psychological Association

Fire departments throughout the country are embracing peer support programs as a bridge to treatment for firefighters who need it.

By Rebecca Raney December 4, 2019

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on 22 Dec 2019 6:46 PM
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Sean and Jacqueline Toomey are a bit of an unlikely pair. Sean's a Denver firefighter, Jacqueline is a yoga instructor -- and she's helping him sleep better.

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on 28 Nov 2019 8:25 PM
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