Despite the encouraging trend to address mental health, there is still resistance and misconception. There are times when coincidences are just that — unrelated events. Other times they can be more telling of trends.
The FASNY Health and Wellness Committee would like to remind FASNY members of the correlation between winter fire/EMS operations and TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries.
Chief Bowker relives the event that ended his career and nearly his life and examines ways firefighters can avoid dying from heart failure.
If we were all able to eat when we’re hungry and stop when we’re sufficiently full, we’d be the right weight for our individual bodies. Our bodies are equipped with innate sensors telling us when we need to eat and when we are satiated. So what gets in the way of eating when we’re hungry and stopping when we’re full?
As I change my desk calendar to reflect the new year, I have come to appreciate every day I am alive … more than you will ever know. It’s been just over two years since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma. To tell you that my life as a firefighter has changed is an understatement; not to mention how much my family has suffered along with me through the rigorous treatments and frequent visits to New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
On a bitterly cold night, you just came home from celebrating the new year and got into your nice, warm bed. Instead, the call comes over: “6500: Signal 10 House Fire, Code 91.” You throw the covers off, jump out of bed and into your pants lying on the chair next to you. Throwing the blue light on in your truck, you race to the firehouse.
November 19, 2015, is the Great American Smoke-Out, a day designated to support the efforts of any tobacco user who is ready to take a first step toward quitting. While each person’s battle with tobacco is unique, this day reminds us that we all have a stake in helping our friends, families, team members and co-workers find sustainable ways to a tobacco-free life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders is an exceedingly common occurrence due to the nature of the job. Repeated exposure to senseless violence, abuse, and the most horrific and tragic death scenes contributes to the development of this serious and intrusive mental health disorder.
September 10, 2015, is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme is “Reaching Out to Save Lives” – a message all those in the fire service can use to let people know that everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.
A healthy firefighter is everyone's fight, so FASNY urges our members to take this challenge to do something good for yourself and the fire service in observance of 9/11. Watch this video for some ideas, get your department involved and post your photos on our Facebook page!