I am very excited that Sally Spencer-Thomas and I have been selected to co-present; ‘Collateral Damage: Impact of Suicide on First Responders’ at the 2012 Fire-Rescue International Global Forum For Leadership in Denver Colorado.
I am looking forward to this significant opportunity to present the Collateral Damage Project and to create a truly open dialogue on suicide with first responders.
August 1-4, 2012
Each August, more than 14,000 of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come together for 5 days of learning, networking and collaboration at FRI. FRI education covers all areas of the emergency service: navigating the political environment, managing change, ethical leadership, EMS issues, career development and more. More than 600 exhibitors showcase the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, technology, equipment, gear and more.
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NAFFVN uses the following language and shares it openly in this post:
H.O.T. meaning Hazardous Overload of Thoughts
W.E.T. meaning Wasted Emotional Thoughts
A.I.R. meaning Accept Individual Responsibility for your outcome
H.E.A.T. meaning Heavy Emotional After Thoughts
When your exposed to a traumatic wounding that will not go away in your thoughts your H.O.T. and your getting W.E.T. from the intrusion. Get A.I.R. from taking the H.E.A.T. Get down get low buddy up for close support and get connected to the hydrant of information and support that is available. Put the phrase F.I.R.S.T. S.T.E.P. H.O.P.E. in your tool box and make the connection on firefighterveteran.com
Shannon H. Pennington
26 year Career IAFF
Executive Director NAFFVN
North American Firefighter Veteran Network on the web located at firefighterveteran.com has the program F.I.R.S.T. S.T.E.P. H.O.P.E. and the F.I.R.E.S. Within Suicide Prevention Program for the front line firefighter. F.I.R.E.S. stands for Firefighter/First Responder Increased risk to suicide. As a team leader and executive director of firefighterveteran.com we were at the Baltimore Symposium on Depression and Suicide along with Jeff Dill of the IAFC who is tabulating the suicides in our service. I encourage anyone to attend F.R.I. and become up to date on what is happening as we move forward beyond July of 2011 and into the educational dialogue around this subject. Dr. Thomas Joiner from Florida State University was also at the symposium and you can link to him on our web site by clicking on the header “Suicide Prevention” on the front page left side. He was on the Dr. Phil show and delivers his powerful message up front and straight at the problem. He is also engaged with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation in assisting our fire service with understanding suicides. The Emotional Backdraft of Traumatic Woundings in our fire service is taking it’s toll on the front lines. Information shared has the power to change negative outcomes into positive results and solutions directed towards that goal will be available to you at this conference.
Get connected to the hydrant of information with large diameter information flow on this vital life saving subject. Up front in person at F.R.I.
Shannon Pennington, Executive Director
North American Firefighter Veteran Network