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Is an international expert in trauma intervention. He has lived in nine countries providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for organizations all over the world.
He is the creator of a revolutionary set of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) that help release the deep chronic tension created in the body during a traumatic experience and/or from living in chronic stress. He has recognized that globally trauma possesses unique possibilities of transformation in the individual if they pursue their recovery process to its ultimate end.
- West Coast Trauma Retreat.
Comments: N.A.F.F.F.N. fully endorses this valuable agency which is located in San Rafael California. If you are seeking intervention and an outreach into understanding the smouldering effects of "traumatic exposure" from the work you do, then this is the place to go for respite and understanding.
As a firefighterveteran you need to know that these people have "their boots muddy" from having "walked the ground we work on" and witnessed and worked through the "blood sweat and fears" of what it is we do.
This is a program that is "not for everyone" and you must do the intake process which they will screen with you. There is no need to "suffer in the emotional basement of your pain and woundedness" from what you have witnessed and been a part of in service to others. It is not a program for the faint hearted. You will be doing work like no other along with others in your peer group, you will get information and results.
It is head, heart and gut work where you need it most. Be ready to go well beyond the "emotional fire line" and be prepared to "stand in the center of the fire" with others who have been where you are now.
Getting connected to the hydrant of information and peer de brief means you need to take the F.I.R.S.T. S.T.E.P.....
Make the pilgramage to the beiginning of your "rehab" on the long green mile that returns you to yourself. You are worth the intensive 5 days. You have saved many lives. This is for you and your life and the life of those you love. Step up to the plate and take it on.
- Not without warning.
Comments: This is an April 1st 2003 article in Fire Chief Magazine of firefighters and suicides. It speaks well of the author Dr. Portia Rawles and her quest to reach out and assist firefighters on the front lines of thier communites who are at risk.
- National Centre for PTSD.
Comments: This is a primary site for research and looking into firefighter stress and ptsd as it affects you.
Comments: This is a "NUMBER ONE" on the "must read read list" with all of our firefighterveterans . It's not just about Law Enforcement. The book has the story of FDNY Jimmy Brown retired from his traumatic wounding on 911. Jimmy is straight up and tells about his "journey into and out of depression" in his own words. "CopShock 2nd Edition" was released on Sept 11 2008 and contains many new updates including links to critical resources that can help anyone in Emergency Service Work who is seeking education and understanding with Posttraumatic Stress. Click on the link to the web site or read our write up on www.amazon.com web site. Key in to Amazons search engine.
The most vital book you will ever own. One that helps you to understand stress and posttraumatic stress as told by people who are living the toxic exposures to the emotional backdraft that takes you "out of service and off line".
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Comments:for United States of America Fire Fighters seeking information on protocols and where The Fallen are respected and honored. This sight works in tandem with the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation web site which honors the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters. Protocols are listed on both web sites.
- CFFF Receives Memorial Bell
Comments: Article and photo of Senior Chief of NAFFVN, Shannon Pennigton, gives Corps of Canadian Civilian Overseas Fire Fighters memorial bell to the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation in 2004.
- Patience Masons
Comments: This is the most comprehensive web site on ptsd/stress and its effects on the individual as well as family members. Browese through and return often to find out about how others are copeing and using the techniques here. This is the number 1 recomended site by N.A.F.F.V.N. as a reference for firefighters/police and ems workers to source and relate to.
- Are You Feeling Suicidal?
Comments: If you are a firefighterveteran, police or emergency medical services worker who is experiencing SUICIDAL THOUGHTS or a DESIRE TO COMMIT SUICIDE click here for important informaton or STOP NOW AND DIAL YOUR local emergency medical services providor or 911 and ask for help.
- Information and help Understanding their loved ones.
Comments: This is a key article for family members who are looking for information and help in understanding their loved ones. Any person who is experiencing stress/accute stress/burn out/ or p.t.s.d. will benifit from reading what a family needs to know from someone who has been there and who wrote the book.
- The Calls That Stick with You.
Comments: This is a first choice/best choice read of N.A.F.F.V.N.'s resource list. Chief Antonellis tells it like it is. From someone who has been there on the front lines and has been able to transltate for all of us the details of what we need to equip ourselves with in order to move through stress on the "Front Lines" of firefighting in America. Click on the link and have a peek on the site and then put this book on your goody list ....... a must for any firefighters library.
- Tema Conter Public Service Video
Comments: This is a first time award winning video that has play'd on television over the last several months in Canada and now available on the internet. A caution: If you are a Fire Fighter, Police or Emergency Medical Services Worker the content may be disturbing. Please view with a friend or co-worker. Tema Conter has placed this as a public service announcement which they have put on the internet. It is about stress in the emergency services and does an excellent job of relating to those outside of our community what we face as Emergency First Responders on the front lines.
- First Responders Handbook of Humor
Comments: Dan Jordan does to the First Responder what Red Skeleton did for humor on the television. What more can one say. Yes even we need a really good chuckle to keep us going. For the guy or gal who works on the front line.....a sure to please in reading or to give as a gift to someone you know in the service. Click on to the site and have a look at the book and then.....welll.......enjoy!!!!!
- Coping with catastrophe
Comments: This is an excellent article by Robert L. Smith which goes a long ways towards addressing the issue of what model is needed for a rounded response within the fire service regarding stress issues BEYOND the front lines and into your "department stress issues" as a whole. This is of interest for fire department middle and upper management as well as union and non union fire fighter health and safety committees. NAFFVN reader's choice.
- Brain and Spinal Cord Inury Resource
Comments: Our mission is to be the most reliable, timely and complete resource on the internet for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors. Our hope is that this site will become relied upon as a trustworthy resource for the community and for those who are searching for information..
NAFFVN had this email come in and we are passing on the link to the web site. Thanks to Tracy for giving us this valuable heads up for those firefighterveterans who can use the information.
Many veterans at some point will file for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website (SSDRC.com) explains what benefits are available, how to apply and also provides answers to many questions that veterans typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to.
The information on SSDRC.com is based on the author's personal experience as a former disability-medicaid caseworker, and also as a former disability examiner for the social security administration. Hopefully, the information will be helpful to some of the veterans who visit your site.
NAFFVN RECOGNIZES DAVID TONACIA AS A FIRST RESPONDER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO TALKS ABOUT HIS PTSD.
NAFFVN SUPPORTS THIS MESSAGE AND the model they are using for first responder access to support. This is both innovative and forward thinking at the grass roots level. Have a listen to what they are doing for Vermont First Responders along with civilian pts.
NAFFVN Comment: KC Fire Department Fights back on suicide with local and national efforts. NAFFVN asks you to consider the message and the tool for your tool box when dealing with ptsd at your department level. The jury is still out on the model presented but it offers some hope. When you add CISM and CISM D then it makes sense along with the other tools in the box. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Retinal Therapy) CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Peer Support and access to Clinicians who are “TRAUMA INFORMED” and trained.
B.C. Canada is pushing back with this web site and lobby efforts to gain presumptive legislation. Click the link below to go to the information.