Share the Load Videos
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The following videos provide more information about firefighter behavioral health and the help that is available to firefighters, EMS providers, and family members in need.
Warning Signs to Know
This brief video alerts first responders and their families to common warning signs of five behavioral health issues firefighters and EMTs may face. Share this video with your department members, and use the links above to find more information about warning signs and what to do if you see them.
Interview with Heather Schafer
This interview with National Volunteer Fire Council CEO Heather Schafer discusses firefighter behavioral health and the help that is available through the Share the Load program.
Interview with Dr. Richard Gasaway
This interview with Dr. Richard Gasaway of Situational Awareness Matters talks about firefighter behavioral health and the help that is available through the Fire/EMS Helpline.
Interview with Ron Siarnicki
This interview with Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, talks about firefighter behavioral health and the importance of seeking help.
Interview with Lori Mercer
This interview with Lori Mercer, founder of FirefighterWife.com, talks about the challenges that firefighter families face and the help that is available to strengthen family bonds.
Interview with Dan Mercer
This interview with White Hall City Firefighter Dan Mercer talks about firefighter behavioral health and the help that is available through the Fire/EMS Helpline.
Interview with John Salka
This interview with Retired FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka talks about substance and alcohol abuse in the fire service and the importance of seeking help.
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The Firefighter Cancer Support Network provides these 11 actions you can take now to protect yourself against cancer.
This sign from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network promotes "Wash Your Hood Sunday," a reminder that hoods need to be washed on a regular basis. Implement Wash Your Hood Sunday in your department.
Exposure to toxic elements can have a significant impact on a firefighter's health. In the event of exposure it is critical to document the details of the incident. This from from the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department provides an example of a toxic exposure reporting form.
It is important to keep a record of the details of each call you run for easy reference in case you run into a health issue at a later time. This sample personal call log entry from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network shows what information should be included in your personal call log.
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Sample No Smoking Policy
The NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program developed a sample no-smoking policy and provides the steps a department can take to successfully implement a no-smoking policy.
Share the Load™ Resources
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Behavioral health is a subject not often talked about in the fire service, but it affects every department and emergency responder in some way or other. The NVFC, through its Share the Load™ Support Program, has developed a series of resources to help educate and train first responders about the importance of behavioral health and provide resources, tips, and tools to help departments, first responders, and families address these issues.
This newsletter features articles from subject matter experts and fire service veterans who provide tips, tools, and resources to help first responders take a proactive approach in addressing many behavioral health issues. Included are signs and symptoms of common behavioral health issues, tips for managing stress, information about the Fire/EMS Helpline, tips for keeping family relationships strong, the need to break the stigma of behavioral health in the emergency services, recognizing the importance of retirement planning in the fire service, steps for developing a department behavioral health program, information on Firefighter Life Safety Initiative 13, and more.
Share this publication with your entire department and use it as a reference to help you develop, expand, and maintain your department's behavioral health program. (Having trouble downloading the file? Right click and choose save to open.)
This ad can be placed in department newsletters and fire service publications to encourage first responders to reach out if they need help. It also includes the number for the National Fire/EMS Helpline to let firefighters and EMTs know help is available when they need it. The ad is 8.5”x11”.
Joining the volunteer fire service means a lifestyle change not only for the individual volunteer, but also for their entire family. To help family members navigate the volunteer fire service life, the NVFC partnered with FirefighterWife.com to create this resource for spouses, children, parents, siblings, and significant others of volunteer and paid-on-call responders. It introduces family members to the basics of the volunteer firefighter life, provides guidance for keeping family relationships strong and being part of the fire department family, and contains an array of tips and resources to help first responder families adjust to this lifestyle.
Download the guide for free, or order print copies from the NVFC store. For a limited time only, NVFC members can order up to 25 print copies for free; access the discount code from the Member Benefits page of the Members-Only section of the NVFC web site. (Having trouble downloading the file? Right click and choose save to open.)
This report explores various firefighter/EMT behavioral health concerns and identifies resources and best practices for mental wellness and suicide prevention in the fire and emergency services. It also includes data from a behavioral health survey conducted by the NVFC. In addition to the report, a webinar providing an overview of the report and survey is also available. (Having trouble downloading the file? Right click and choose save to open.)
Preventing and Coping with Suicide in the Fire and Emergency Services
The NVFC, with support from the U.S. Fire Administration developed this online training course focusing on suicide awareness and prevention. The three-module course examines the signs and symptoms preceding suicide, highlights available resources for departments and individuals, and discusses the healing process when coping with a firefighter suicide. This course is available through the NVFC's Virtual Classroom.
Brotherhood vs. Parenthood: Finding your Life Balance
This webinar looks at all the roles a volunteer firefighter plays throughout their lives. From your role as an employee to spouse to parent to firefighter, how do you emphasize the importance, purpose, and balance of each role? This webinar will help you identify strategies for prioritizing each aspect of your life to help you achieve balance and time management. This course is available through the NVFC's Virtual Classroom.
Putting Out the Fire: Stress Resilience Strategies
Stress is an underlying risk factor that affects a majority of the population, especially first responders. Can you identify your current stressors? Do you know what types of stressors exist? Do you know the types of stressors to which you are susceptible? This webinar helps you key in on the types of stressors most prominent for firefighters and how to successfully manage stress as it arises. This course is available through the NVFC's Virtual Classroom.
Fire Service Suicide and Behavioral Health Concerns
This webinar provides an overview of behavioral health issues effecting the fire and emergency services, with a focus on firefighter suicide warning signs and prevention. The webinar is available through McNeil and Company’s Emergency Service Insurance Program (ESIP) platform. Visit http://training.mcneilandcompany.com and sign-in if you have an existing account, or register as a student using access code 6832.
Fire Prevention and Safety
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There are many resources available to help you spread important fire prevention and safety information in your community.
The NVFC's fire prevention resource center is hosted by Fire Corps. Click here to access fire prevention and life safety education resources, including the Fire Corps Guide to Fire and Life Safety Education, resources for smoke alarm and home safety check programs, and fire prevention tips sheets.
NVFC Virtual Classroom
Check out the NVFC's online training platform for courses including Fire Corps in Public Education and Conducting Home Safety Checks.
Wildland Fire Assessment Program
The NVFC and U.S. Forest Service teamed up to develop this program that trains first responders and support personnel how to properly conduct home assessments in the wildland-urban interface to help make communities more fire adapted.
Fire Prevention Week
Each October, the NFPA sponsors a national awareness week to educate the public on important fire prevention topics.
NFPA Smoke Alarm Resources
The NFPA has developed many resources and materials to help educators spread smoke alarm safety messages in their community and implement smoke alarm installation programs.
Fire Safety for Children
Ready.gov produces this webpage that provides resources and tips to share in your community to prevent fires and protect children.
USFA Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign
This national awareness campaign includes materials you can use to spread important smoke alarm safety messages in your community.
USFA Smoking and Home Fires Campaign
This national campaign provides information, tips, and resources for preventing smoking-related home fires.
USFAA Educational Foundation
This site provides free educational publications that you can use to help promote a variety of fire prevention and life safety topics in your community.
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