"Chief charged with embezzlement."
"Paramedic takes her life."
"Firefighters face discipline."
It doesn't take a headline like those or a medical degree to realize the job of protecting lives and property takes a toll on firefighters. Cumulative stress, traumatic events and the pressure to live up to mythical standards set by us and the public results in firefighters making horrific personal choices.
These poor decisions can lead to physical and mental illness, incarceration and suicide. As a consequence, we have all begun to realize the importance of addressing the issues leading to such outcomes.