Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance Firefighter Suicide Reporting System
May 19, 2014
Every year we tragically lose dozens of firefighters and EMTs to suicide. The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) has a nationally-recognized reporting system to collect data on first responder suicides in order to help fully understand and address behavioral health issues in the fire service.
A total of 468 firefighter and EMS suicides have been reported to the FBHA as of the date of this article. Of these, 138 happened since January 1, 2012. However, the actual numbers are much higher. It is believed only about 10 percent of fire and EMS organizations know to report suicides to FBHA.
The suicide reporting system is confidential, and the data collected is critical in helping to identify trends so that measures can be implemented to prevent future instances of firefighter and EMT suicide. If you know of a firefighter or EMT that has committed suicide, please report it to FBHA by going to www.ffbha.org and clicking the tab for FF Suicide Report on the left.
Find resources for addressing behavioral health in your department, including a 24/7 helpline and online training courses, from the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Share the Load™ program. By working together, we can help break the stigma of behavioral health in the fire service and provide help to those in need.