Your Worst Day is Our Every Day: The Impact of Repeated Exposure to Trauma on the Fire Service

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This webinar, in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), provided an overview of the current state of national trends in firefighter behavioral health based on qualitative and quantitative research findings. Discussions included explanations of how behavioral-health issues are diagnosed, as well as signs and symptoms. Dr. Jahnke introduced current efforts, program implementation and resources for firefighters and departments.

Takeaways:

  • Current findings on the rates of behavioral-health concerns among firefighters
  • Changes in the approach, understanding and response to behavioral health issues across time
  • Signs and symptoms firefighters should watch for in themselves and their peers and an understanding of what level response is appropriate
  • Suggestions for implementation of behavioral-health programs 

Presenter:

Sara A. Jahnke, PhD, director of the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research, National Development and Research Institute, Inc.



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