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[NOW] The House of Delegates unanimously passed legislation to define PTSD as an occupational disease! ... See MoreSee Less

[NOW] The House of Delegates unanimously passed legislation to define PTSD as an occupational disease!

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The same just occurred in WV today.

What’s weird is when the training is emphasizing the work to remove the stigma before it forms by calling it an injury and not disorder. Things change too quick to keep up with these days. Is it an injury or a disorder?

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Today, The House of Delegates passed #SB561- defining PTSD as an occupational disease - The bill awaits signing by Governor Northam #IAFF

In Roanoke, @iaff1132 peer support assists members with the stresses of firefighting - https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Roanoke-Fire-Dept-works-to-reduce-stigma-surrounding-mental-health-care-568052301.html @wdbj7 @petedelucatv #IAFF

Yesterday after a false alarm next door, this really GR8 neighbor checked in with E442, Wolftrap, to make sure all was well. @ovi8 #ALLCAPS #Capitals @Capitals

'We want our firefighters to become old firefighters’: Crews take extra precautions for chemical cleanups https://www.nbc12.com/2020/02/19/we-want-our-firefighters-become-old-firefighters-crews-take-extra-precautions-chemical-cleanups/ @nbc12

5 AM UPDATE: Winter Storm Warnings are now in effect for northeast NC and southeast VA. Snow totals have been increased within the warning area. We are still expecting the snow to begin late this afternoon and come to an end by early Friday morning. #vawx #ncwx #mdwx #snow

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The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com

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Chartered in 1955, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) is an association of local unions representing over 8, 000 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) members across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

VPFF members provide fire protection and emergency medical services to 70% of Virginia’s population.  As well, VPFF members provide these and other specialized services at several of Virginia’s major airports and military installations.  VPFF members are fire fighters, fire officers, fire inspectors, fire investigators, hazardous materials specialists, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, training instructors, water rescue specialists, and 911 dispatchers.