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We believe firefighters should be understood.

Why was CSFF established?

Our nation’s firefighters are faced with emotional needs that are very unique to their occupation. The percentage of firefighters struggling with career related stress is very high. It manifests itself through higher divorce rates and addictions such as alcohol, drugs or gambling. Another major concern is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as increasing rates of suicide.  When symptoms occur, a firefighter needs a support system in place that is readily accessible from someone who is qualified and truly understands his/her circumstances.

Our goal is to provide helpful resources to our country’s heroes

CSFF is proud to be working to provide links and information for 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.

08 Jul Through the Fire and Flames

A house is burning. The smell of ash, burnt wood, and molten rock lingers in the air. A terrible dark cloud of billowy grey smoke rises above the rooftops of the city and hovers as if signaling that an awful tragedy has occurred. For those watching the smoke from miles away, just seeing it fills them with dread as they think about what has happened and if any unfortunate soul was unlucky enough to become trapped within the domain of those deadly flames. The squealing sound of fire trucks fills the air, further adding to the pandemonium ensuing and perhaps serving to confirm observers’ fear of impending danger. Amidst the roar of the blazing inferno, screams can be heard echoing from inside – their piercing shrill sends chills down the spines of police and local firefighters, who desperately act in the most heroic of fashions to silence the burning menace. Thinking selflessly and without a care for their own safety, these stoic and stout-hearted men and women leap through the open gateway to the abysmal maw of hell, valiant and ready to serve by saving whomever they may. Their tools of the trade at the ready, oxygen mask to avoid suffocation, fire ax and water hose available to overcome whatever situation arises.

 

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MARCH 20: Firefighters put out a Falla during the last day of the Las Fallas Festival on March 20, 2013 in Valencia, Spain. The Fallas festival, which runs from March 15 until March 19, celebrates the arrival of spring with fireworks, fiestas and bonfires made by large puppets named Ninots. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

 

They charge courageously through the fire and the flames, seeking redemption in hot, burning glory. They disappear for but a moment, as the smoke completely engulfs the causeway and the entrance becomes obscured from sight. As the flames rise higher and all seems lost, they suddenly emerge, gasping for breath – two survivors in tow. Grasping their saviors tightly with outstretched arms, the exit beckons towards them. Freedom is just within reach. As our heroes gallantly make their way across the courtyard with the two survivors, a mechanical popping sound echoes from the vast reaches of the smoke beyond. In an instant, and accompanied by a terrible screeching, an awful noise rockets around the enclosure and a flash explosion engulfs the entire building. Our fearless champions have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their courage.

 

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Summary

Our firefighters work fearlessly and tireless every day to ensure that we and the people in our community remain safe from the threat which always surrounds us. Due to the traumatizing nature of their work, many are affected by disorders, anxiety, and depression. Support your community and local firefighters today!

 

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08 Jul Heroes of our Time

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When you think of a hero – what’s the first thing that enters your mind? Is it a costumed character who wields fantastic superpowers to banish evil forces, save the damsel in distress, and right all wrongs? Stop and ponder for a moment. Heroes are all around us everywhere. Public service officers, policemen and women, firefighters – these folks are all heroes in today’s day and age. They strive every day to keep us safe and to protect us from woe – that’s their job. However, the thing you might not know is how many of these heroes suffer from real problems such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. It is not easy to do what they do every day. Imagine seeing a person being burned alive and hearing the screams of a woman or child. Factor this scenario in on a day to day basis and you’ll begin to understand why it has become such a heavy burden on many firefighters around the world. Imagine seeing your partner dash into a blazing building to assist a woman stumbling out, only to be consumed by the fire as a sudden explosion blasts rock, ash, and hot billowy fire in every direction. Firefighters face these hazards every single day that they’re on the job.

Sometimes, the guilt of seeing their loved ones perish in the flames is more than they can bear, and they begin to blame themselves and think that if they could have only done something, those people would still be alive. Some of these, our beloved heroes, have taken it upon themselves to end their lives, thinking in their clouded state of mind that the only way to rid themselves of the nightmares was to commit suicide. If you have a friend or know of someone who is suffering from such a disorder, please report it as soon as possible. Your local authorities can help you handle the situation.

 

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Take a moment to stop and try to see what these men and women are going through. They need our support, and we can do that by lending aid to local projects and activities that are beneficial to firefighters. Do your part in your local community. Because a hero of our time doesn’t need a costume and a mask – sometimes just a flameproof suit, oxygen mask, and fire hose is enough to save someone’s life.

 

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01 Mar Firefighter to Pay a Dentist’s Deeds Forward

Who said that dentists and firefighters are worlds apart?

Both serve others. One is committed to bringing back the smile in the hearts of others. The other one bringing the hope of life to others who may be in a fiery situation. While one performs his services on a clinic, the other one performs his duties in the unlikeliest of places. Such varied circumstances. Very different vocations. Yet one very uniquely similar goal: to pay it forward.
The concept of paying it forward is nothing new. Although it became mainstream even before the movie of the same name in 2000, two individuals are now epitomizing the very essence of the social philosophy.

If you ask around, Dr. Matheny has established his reputation among the best dentists in Port St. Lucie, Florida by dedicating his life to making sure that his patients are able to smile more confidently again. He firmly believes in the value of excellent oral and dental health in fostering a healthier self-concept. Dr. Matheny is saddened by the common observation that many of the teenagers in the neighborhood are shy and not smiling very often. He knows that one of the obstacles to obtaining premium dental health care is the socioeconomic condition of families and individuals. And while he charges very minimal fees from his patients, not many can still afford some of the highly specialized orthodontic treatments that he provides.
Until he came across the Oral Health Lifetime Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit national dentist organization that provides free dental braces to deserving recipients, mostly children. This is what Dr. Matheny has been waiting for. He knows that he can use his expertise and his skills to help turn around the life of a deserving kid.

ryan smith helped by by dentist in port st lucie floridaThat lucky kid was Ryan Smith. Ryan Smith was a teenager who dreams of becoming a nurse, a personal trainer, or a firefighter. The caring attributes of the nurse combined with the physical fitness of a trainer has spurred Ryan to choose becoming a firefighter instead. However big his dreams, Ryan often shied away from other kids in the neighborhood. His teeth were never his greatest assets. He would attempt to smile but only in an impish, shy way. He once told his siblings that all he ever wanted was to have dental braces so that he will feel much more confident again.

When Ryan learned of the Oral Health Lifetime Foundation’s scholarship, he had to muster the courage to fill up the application form. He never really had any high expectations from his application. That is why, he was simply astonished to learn that he is a recipient of free dental restoration and makeover from the Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation willingly gave Ryan a college scholarship so he can fulfill his dreams of becoming a firefighter and be of great service to the community he loves. This is the Foundation’s way of assuring that Ryan will be able to pay it forward.

It was Dr. Matheny who crafted and applied Invisalign along with cosmetic dental procedures for Ryan. And now, Ryan has already begun his firefighter training, hoping someday that he will pay the deed forward to the people who will need his services.

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