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6 months, 23 first responder suicides – what are we doing to help?

October 25th, 2014|Blog, Featured|

TORONTO –Twenty-three first responders across Canada – police officers, firefighters, paramedics, soldiers and corrections officers – have killed themselves since April, according to a foundation that’s made its mission to work with emergency personnel around mental health. Seventeen of those 23 lived in Ontario, says Vince Savoia, founder of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. One [...]

PTSD Coverage

May 27th, 2012|Blog|

Alberta first responders get presumptive PTSD coverage By: The Canadian Press MAY 24, 2012   Police, firefighters, and paramedics scarred by post-traumatic stress disorder will soon no longer have to fight to prove they are ill, the Alberta government announced Thursday. ''PTSD's devastating effects on individuals and their families are well understood, and it's time [...]

Different Priorities

May 27th, 2012|Blog|

IF ONLY WE TREATED FIRST RESPONDERS THE WAY WE TREAT OUR ATHLETES Dec 8, 2011 4:56 PM, By Glenn Bischoff  A couple of days ago, I moderated a webinar during the inaugural IWCE/UC virtual trade show that focused first on the myriad opportunities that broadband communications will create for cities across our land and then [...]

At-Risk Marriages

May 27th, 2012|Blog|

Your First Responder Marriage: At-Risk Relationships First responder marriages face the same challenges as civilian marriages, plus an entirely unique set. by Erin Prater There are several substantial plusses to a career in first response. Society will always have a need for firefighters, police officers and EMTs. The pay is regular and the benefits are [...]

What We Do

May 25th, 2012|Blog, Featured|

Not only do First Responders regularly sacrifice their health and well-being on behalf of public safety, but they are subjected to professional stressors that can be overpowering to them and their families, ultimately setting them up for dysfunction and failure. The end results are staggering… Divorce rates at some Departments are as high as 84% [...]

Head-to-Head

May 23rd, 2012|Blog, Featured|

As members of different organizations and professions, we experience trauma in unique ways because our roles are often different. However, the effect of trauma manifests itself in very similar ways. An operational stress injury (OSI) is any ongoing psychological difficutly that has arisen from duties performed during military, emergency, fire or police service. Operational stress [...]