Takin it To The Streets - Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) is “Takin’ it to the Streets” to bring fire and EMS behavioral health training to a town near you! In 2019, FBHA will travel across the United States to bring greater awareness to Firefighters (FFs) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) about behavioral health and suicide prevention and awareness.
FBHA is a national nonprofit that works to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and suicide in the fire service through data collection and education. To reach more communities, they will embark on a nationwide traveling workshop series, visiting almost 40 states and journeying 16,000 miles. These interactive, high-impact in-person trainings will be hosted everywhere from small rural companies to large city departments. Attendees will be educated on how to recognize signs and symptoms of those in behavioral health distress and will expand their knowledge through role play and Q&A.
“In our society, there is pressure to always act strong and handle issues on your own,” said FBHA founder and instructor Jeff Dill. “Our workshops train firefighters, EMTs, and department leadership to recognize symptoms and create a culture where department members can positively communicate about these issues.”
“Takin’ it to the Streets” will start in Texas in January 2019, then head east through the South, then up along the East Coast before journeying west through the Midwest, Plains, and Mountain states, all the way back to California in late 2019. As courses are scheduled, they will be posted at www.ffbha.org/takin-it-to-the-streets.
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