Wildfires are a natural phenomenon that occur when dry vegetation, hot temperatures, and strong winds combine to ignite a fire. However, human activities such as careless campfires, arson, and agricultural practices have significantly increased the frequency and...
Volunteer Firefighter Health Benefit Legislation Approved by State Senate
Thanks to the efforts of Putnam County State Senator Peter Harckham, the State Senate has approved legislation to help expand health benefits for volunteer firefighters. The legislation, if approved by the Assembly and enacted by the governor, will make permanent the long-standing law covering disability determinations for volunteer firefighters due to certain lung disabilities.
Study finds higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals in volunteer firefighters
A recent study of volunteer firefighters shows that their bodies have higher levels of “forever chemicals” than those of people in the general public, and the amount of these potentially harmful substances likely rises with time and exposures.
First Responders: Behavioral Health Concerns, Emergency Response, and Trauma
This issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin focuses on mental health and substance use (behavioral health) concerns in first responders. It is estimated that 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions including, but not limited to,...
Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders
A white paper commissioned by the Foundation has revealed that first responders (policemen and firefighters) are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides. In contrast,...
Why Firefighters Are Facing A Growing Mental Health Challenge
Climate change is fueling more destructive, harder-to-control disasters like last year’s massive wildfires. The mental and emotional toll for firefighters and first responders is alarming.