We all spend a lot of time and effort taking care of the citizens we serve. We are all focused on training, response, and the administration of our volunteer companies. It is also our duty to look out for the well being of our brother and sister volunteers. The physical stress of providing Fire and EMS service to our communities. Remember that our 1st responders also face mental stress. Take a few minutes to share this resource offer by the National Volunteer Fire Council Share the Load Program.
"Most people are aware of the physical demands that first response activities place on firefighters and EMS providers. But it is important to also realize the impact that fighting fires and responding to emergencies has on the mental wellbeing of emergency personnel. Firefighters and EMS providers face the risk of many behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, depression, burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction among others."