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DALLAS (CBSNewsTexas.com) — Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say a relatively new program aimed at addressing mental health wellness within their ranks is already proving to be successful.
The program was rolled out a little over a year ago, following a trend of suicides and suicide attempts not just within DFR, but within fire departments across the country.
“Since 2018, we’ve four suicides, and we’ve had two attempted suicides…so, we are trying to be as proactive as possible,” Executive Assistant Fire Chief Brett Stidham said.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation began tracking firefighter suicides this year and at the time of this publishing, they’ve reported a total of eight firefighter suicides across the country. Texas leads the list with three.
DFR’s mental health wellness program counts on a multi-pronged approach that offers help to firefighters and the families who need it.