Emergency responders are more susceptible to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of the nature of the profession coupled with the personal demands and challenges we all face. IAFF members respond to any number of traumatic incidents on a daily, ongoing basis. If not treated properly, the anxiety can build over time and can lead to PTSD. But all too often the effects can easily be overlooked as “a part of the job.” Presenters will discuss causes and signs/symptoms of PTSD and best practices for addressing it within your local. Pay particular attention to Local President Joe Schulle from Philadelphia Local 22 starting at 43:33 concerning stress in the fire service.
Suzy Gulliver, Director, Warriors Research Institute and Professor Texas A&M
Frank Leto, Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854
Joe Schulle, President, Philadelphia Local 22
Kenneth Stuart, President, Seattle Local 27
Patrick Morrison, IAFF Health and Safety (moderator)