The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is offering its community education webinar series designed for fire service professionals and clinicians throughout the month of July. Community education webinars are free, open to the public, and hosted through Zoom.
Join this webinar on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST to explore the impact of cumulative and chronic trauma exposure experienced by fire service members. We will discuss the neuroscience related to trauma, the impact of chronic trauma exposure on behavioral health and the spectrum of injuries and disorders that can be linked to a traumatic experience.
This presentation will feature IAFF 9th District Vice President, Ray Rahne, who served as the incident commander for the Columbine High School massacre as a Fire Rescue Battalion Chief in Littleton, Colorado. Rahne will discuss his experience as a fire fighter managing PTSD and seeking professional treatment, and the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues in the fire service.
Additionally, we will review the future of trauma treatment in the fire service, including presumptive legislation in many states and across Canada that recognizes PTSD as a workplace injury.