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NAFFVN: Flash Reading. This article needs to be read by every Chief and Firefighter.
We encourage all firefighters and first responders to click the link below and read what Iron Firemen has to say about depression and suicide. Click HERE:
Shannon H. Pennington, Senior Chief
Robert L. Smith, Ph.D., Psychotherapist
Peggy Sweeney, Volunteer Firefighterveteran
N.A.F.F.V.N. Mission Statement:
Fire Fighters and First Responders are being increasingly challenged to meet operational assignment demands. Incident complexity and a rise in personnel time demands have lead to amplified stress levels. This is causing individuals to carry more and more responsibilities with fewer opportunities to recover from assignments.
Acute stress, job burn out and post traumatic stress reactions on the front line are becoming more evident in North America. We all need to become better educated in order to respond to the needs of the First Responders. Education has the power to move a negative outcome into a positive one. First Responders, both professional and volunteer, will have access to the educational tools on this website in order to grow and learn within their discipline.
N.A.F.F.V.N. is dedicated to the education of fire fighters, and first responders. We will provide up to date information as well as current Internet links to stress-related websites.
F.I.R.S.T. S.T.E.P. H.O.P.E
Tell a Friend or Co worker, someone you trust
Employ all available means of assistance including competent
Psychological help from someone trained in stress / asd / ptsd assesment treatment.
Engaging in process or Exiting the Profession.