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Fire Service Training: Implementing a Suicide Prevention Program

By Mary VanHaute With the momentum behind Life Safety Initiative #13 and through the work of organizations such as Firefighters Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA), the subject of suicide among firefighters and medics is finally coming to light. Even five years ago, this subject was not commonly found in professional periodicals, on training schedules, or at conferences, and with just cause. Suicide is complex and multifaceted. It is a community-based problem that takes a community-based approach. With all the priorities in fire service training soaking up time and resources, suicide prevention programs weren’t even on the radar. Preventing a firefighter’s death by suicide was relegated t...

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