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FBHA is an approved IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

FBHA is proud to announce a new member to our
Board of Directors. Chris will serve as our Secretary.


As a twenty-seven year veteran of the fire and emergency services, Deputy Chief Chris Amenn has seen and experienced the stress and frustrations emergency responders can feel when they need somewhere to turn as they deal with their own emotional traumas.  “Even the most experienced and compassionate responders will eventually become fatigued by the loss and human suffering they experience in the course of their duties. It is critical that we train our personnel to recognize when their peers need help or professional intervention, and make it easy for them to access the services they require”. Chief Amenn is dedicated to removing the barriers emergency responders often face when seeking information or treatment for behavioral health issues.

Chris holds a Master’s degree, and is currently the Deputy Chief of Planning and Administration with the Meridian, Idaho Fire Department where he has served since 2010. Prior to moving to Idaho, Chief Amenn served as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the
Metro-St. Louis area for twenty-three years where he achieved the rank of Battalion Chief. Chris is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Southwestern Idaho Fire and EMS Chiefs Association, International Fire Chiefs Association, and serves as an adjunct professor with Idaho State University. 

We welcome Chris and look forward to working with him. With his vast knowledge, he will be an asset to our organization. 


n August 29th, 2014, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) was awarded a grant from FEMA through the Fire Prevention & Safety program to provide no cost workshops to fire departments on suicide awareness and prevention. Saving Those Who Save Others, is a 4 hour workshop that discusses signs/symptoms, communications, addictions, stress, and PTSD. The workshop also includes videos, role-play and a presentation of the data collected by FBHA.  The scope of the grant is to provide 13 workshops for volunteer departments and 12 workshops for career or combination departments, who have budget restrictions that inhibits them from paying for this type of training.

Departments that are awarded a workshop will not incurr any fees or expenses, with the exception of refreshments or lunch for the attendees if desired.  These are all covered by the grant. 

Please review the application and submit it as soon as possible. The training can take place in 2014 or 2015, depending on the schedule of the instructor and fire department. These spots will go quickly, so submit your application early. Applications will be accepted by mail, email to info@ffbha.org or by faxing to 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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Click here to read  the Official Press Release from US Sen. Dick Durbin.

What does this number represent?




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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" or at www.csff.info under the tab “FF Suicide Report”.

Starting January 1, 2013, I am 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. 


Captain Jeff Dill 

Founder of CSFF & FBHA

USA: Number is from information received from suicides ranging from the years 1880-2014. The total is comprised of 487 FF and 34 EMT/P. These are statistics of deaths reported. Actual numbers may be higher. 

FBHA is putting out a Call for Speakers as we are preparing for our upcoming Suicide Survivor Retreat in 2015. We are seeking speakers that are experienced in grief, coping with suicide, stigma, motivational, stress relief, where to get help, etc. to present to families of suicide victims in the fire service. It will be a 3 day event with limited seating. Confidentiality is of utmost importance for the survivors. Please email us at info@ffbha.org if you are interested.

Please watch for details about our Suicide Survivors Camp, coming in 2015. Family of victims please feel free to send us an email at info@ffbha.org if you are interested in this weekend retreat.

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:


FBHA is excited to announce a working relationship with Emergency Chaplains Group 

Jeff Dill, founder of CSFF is proud to be working with American Addiction Centers across the U.S. in bringing together training and awareness of behavioral health issues that exist within the fire service community.
Dedicated ACC clinicians and employees are being trained on how to identify with the life and emotions of firefighters & EMS personnel. This education will assist in more effective communication during counseling and treatment for the brave men and women in need. 

For more information about American Addiction Centers or to find a locations near you, please visit their wesite at:


Additional resources -----> Serve___Protect_Partner_Alliance.pdf
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