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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 478 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
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: