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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by faxing to
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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 493 FF and 36 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.
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: