Firefighting is a career of extremes that cannot be left at the office. Firefighters deal with life and death on a daily basis and are usually unable to debrief completely before heading home. Many firefighters find it difficult, if not impossible, to discuss work with their loved ones. We combine both on-duty and off-duty topics to provide firefighters with the tools required to deal with the stressors of firefighting.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re a corporate worker in New York City, or harvesting rice in China — chances are you’ve encountered negativity in the workplace. Imagine it for a moment: what if high-level negotiations at the United Nations began with, “before we get down to today’s agenda, let’s have a show of hands …Read This Article
TWENTY‑NINE YEARS and twenty days ago, I had the privilege and honor to be in your seat. Today, being invited by Class 329 to address you is a greater privilege and higher honor. Thank you. On November 10, 1972, 1 graduated from DCFD Recruit Class 249. Today, I can’t remember what the speakers had to …Read This Article
Experiences first appear within us in a place without words, and it sits in the middle of our space until it is filed or processed. As the clinical director for the CISM team through the Nova Scotia Fire Services Association, I have been frequently asked about quick tips after a difficult call. This article gives …Read This Article
When our system becomes disrupted, our emotional and nervous systems respond as if we are in danger. We may not realize we are stressed but wonder why we are so energized. The answer lies in the dynamic of cause and effect. Threat means adrenaline. Adrenaline is that rocket fuel that makes us run fast and …Read This Article
We see people at the worst moments of their lives. We see things we have no way to rationalize. I have been in the counselling business for 30 years and a firefighter for almost 25 years. I credit my longevity with having a therapist. Even though I am one myself, I need someone who can …Read This Article
“Service dogs help one person mitigate things that they cannot do for themselves that the dog will assist them with – it is a medical device that is doing something you cannot do yourself.” Some things in life come naturally to us. For some, it’s physical prowess. For others, it’s an academic inclination. For what …Read This Article