"Saving Those Who Save Others"
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
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FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ALLIANCE





Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance was founded to always remember our brothers and sisters, in the fire and EMS service who took their lives.

 

On May 21-24FBHA is hosting our first weekend retreat, Those Left Behind, in Savannah, GA. This event is for families of firefighters and EMS that have taken their life by suicide.

 On May 22nd, at 9:00 pm E.S.T., in recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, we are asking fire and EMS organizations to place a rig on their driveway and turn on their emergency lights for one minute to express their support for all the families that have suffered a loss. For community members, at the same time, stand in your driveway and light a candle to remember a loved one.


FBHA will be at the Savannah Fire & Emergency Serivces located at 121 E. Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA at 6:00pm for the tribute.

Show them that We Will Always Remember”.

 

We ask that you take photos or video and send it to us at info@ffbha.org to show all the families of in the community support your support!

 

Thank you…

Ret. Captain Jeff Dill

FBHA founder



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In 2010, while educating firefighters across the United States, I began to notice through stories and reports about the number of firefighters who had taken their lives.  I began to collect reports through a confidential reporting system in late 2010 through Counseling Services for FIre Fighters.  After much research and effort, I realized this was a much larger issue than I thought, and expanded by starting Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance. I am now collecting this data through FBHA also. This confidential report can be found on the list at the left "ff suicide report."

Starting January 1, 2013, I started gathering information Internationally. 
The number in the boxes above are members who were active or retired firefighters who suffered deaths by their own choice.  It should not be conceived as one of weakness but one where they might not have believed they had any other options to relieve their pain.  FBHA is dedicated to collecting the most accurate numbers regarding FF suicides and then updates this number as information is confirmed.  It is also FBHA’s objective to educate all of our brothers and sisters on suicide prevention through our workshop titled “Saving Those Who Save Others” in hopes to limit this number. 

Regards,
Jeff Dill, Ret. Captain
Founder of FBHA

USA: Number is from information received from suicides ranging from the years 1880-2015. The total is comprised of 575 FF and 66 EMT/P. These are statistics of deaths reported. Actual numbers may be higher. 

National Volunteer Fire Council presents National Firefighter Suicide Report

With generous support from the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) developed a comprehensive report addressing suicide in the fire and emergency services.  
Authored by Jeff Dill from the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA), the report,Suicide in the Fire and Emergency Services: Adopting a Proactive Approach to Behavioral Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention, explores various behavioral health concerns and dentifies resources and best practices for mental wellness and suicide prevention.

Please see link below:

http://nvfc.org/files/documents/ff_suicide_report.pdf







Additional resources -----> Serve___Protect_Partner_Alliance.pdf
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