Health and Wellness
The Delaware State Fire School is working with various partners to bring you more information for your health and wellness while serving. These health concerns include but go beyond the simple topic of physical fitness. We hope to bring multiple health resources together in one location for your reference, for whatever your need related to the Fire and Emergency Services.
The information we are sharing are just a small portion of the help available to you and your fellow first responders. We want to be make sure that if you need help in any way to become healthier, that we help you get where you need to be, physically or mentally.
These topics include:
Physical Fitness / Mental Health and Wellness / Suicide Prevention / Cancer Risk and Identification
There are many resource available to help encourage your members and staff to lead healthier lifestyles to improve their health and physical performance.
Cancer Risk and Identification
Cancer has a proven correlation with the fire service. Our exposure to carcinogens on a regular basis has been proven. There ARE steps we can take in order to reduce our risks.
These risks can be reduced with simple actions. Washing your protective hood on a regular basis, or "Wash Your Hood Sunday". Be sure to wash your gear after every fire, especially those fires where you know that you were exposed to contents burning contained synthetic materials. Have a change of clothes for after a fire, as finite particles can, and will, permeate through your fire gear. Shower after each fire. Those particles also stick to you, not just your clothes. And be aware of where you stow your gear. A combination of simple tasks to reduce your risk. Not putting your gear into more exposure than needed, like next to the exhaust of apparatus is one simple way. And after a fire simply leaving your unwashed gear in a vehicle, even if in a plastic bag, can cause further exposure. You can help yourself by reducing your own exposure, and helping others reduce theirs.
Mental Health and Wellness
Understanding the toll that regular exposure to extreme incidents can to do any responder is important to understand their basic mental health. Knowing that traumatic stress can affect anyone, including yourself, is important for not only your own health, but that of your members and your family. Many resources are available for you to take advantage of. They range from counseling, to anonymous phone lines to those who understand your position and let you talk. It is important to let your problems out, be addressed, and to allow healing to begin.
Brattleboro Retreat (For mental health and addiction treatment)
When those of us don't get the help we need, stress can take a terrible toll on the mind and body. For some, it can be more than they can handle alone. This can happen to the strongest people in the field when they least expect it. Sometimes they reach out to those close to them. At time, the keep withdrawn. While some may not show signs of severe depression or a problem, many do. We must help guide those who need our help.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training
Training is available to help others cope with mental health and stress. This is offering others private, anonymous help, as well as Critical Incident Stress Management to our brothers and sisters in their time of need surrounding a stressful incident or time.
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